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Ness
07-05-2012, 10:26 PM
Sweetness. Easy choice for me.

phlysac
07-05-2012, 10:36 PM
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WCH
07-05-2012, 10:51 PM
Bo Jackson, if he would make a full-time commitment to football.

Edit: I don't even care about his hip condition. I'd take Bo for three years over anybody else.

Brent
07-05-2012, 11:09 PM
Bo Jackson, if he never had the hip injury.

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Ness
07-05-2012, 11:16 PM
I forgot about Bo Jackson. That would be a good pick. I also like Marshall Faulk.

FUNBUNCHER
07-05-2012, 11:56 PM
I can't diss any of the great RBs of yesteryear, nearly all would be still be stars in today's game. Payton, Brown, Earl Campbell, Barry Sanders, OJ, etc.
But Eric Dickerson needs more love!!! Damn he was beast.

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Vox Populi
07-06-2012, 01:13 AM
Eric Dickerson was the best right away so I'd go with him too.

freebirdsrams02
07-06-2012, 01:17 AM
Dickerson or Faulk

Brothgar
07-06-2012, 01:31 AM
http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/7462/billysims.jpg

DING DING DING we have a winner!

Halsey
07-06-2012, 02:41 AM
Herschel had 2300 yards from scrimmage as a rookie.

descendency
07-06-2012, 02:59 AM
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Barry Sanders behind a good ZBS OL... It would be LOLDEFENSE.

phlysac
07-06-2012, 08:45 AM
Barry Sanders behind a good ZBS OL... It would be LOLDEFENSE.

Not Barry Sanders

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WCH
07-06-2012, 08:51 AM
I think that's the man who jumped off the back of one defender to kick another defender in the head:

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Razor
07-06-2012, 08:51 AM
When I saw the title of this thread I immediately thought about Dickerson, but Bo Jackson was an animal. I would actually also take Adrian Peterson.

bigbluedefense
07-06-2012, 10:20 AM
I can't believe I'm the first person to mention the greatest RB in NFL history, Jim Brown.

tjsunstein
07-06-2012, 10:37 AM
Jim Brown then Bo Jackson second.

fear the elf
07-06-2012, 01:05 PM
Gale Sayers was pretty impressive in the highlights I've seen. He would be high on my list.

FUNBUNCHER
07-06-2012, 01:43 PM
What rookie RB from the past.
Was Bo Jackson killing it his first season?? I don't know.

Off the top, I think Dickerson/Barry Sanders/Tony Dorsett are best oldskool RBs who had great rookie seasons.

Most of these great RBs weren't 'great' as rookies.

Ghost of Juice
07-06-2012, 02:34 PM
What rookie RB from the past.
Was Bo Jackson killing it his first season?? I don't know.

Off the top, I think Dickerson/Barry Sanders/Tony Dorsett are best oldskool RBs who had great rookie seasons.

Most of these great RBs weren't 'great' as rookies.

Gale Sayers rookie year was probably his best.

Ness
07-06-2012, 02:50 PM
What rookie RB from the past.
Was Bo Jackson killing it his first season?? I don't know.

Off the top, I think Dickerson/Barry Sanders/Tony Dorsett are best oldskool RBs who had great rookie seasons.

Most of these great RBs weren't 'great' as rookies.
Perhaps I should have been more clear. I meant having one of the greatest halfbacks of all time as a rookie to grow on your team for years to come. If you had Barry Sanders you'd want him as a rookie for your team right?

killxswitch
07-06-2012, 02:59 PM
People forget what a monster Edgerrin James was as a rookie.

FUNBUNCHER
07-06-2012, 03:27 PM
I think I could build an offensive monster with Dickerson, Riggins, Payton or Barry Sanders in my team's backfield.

Ghost of Juice
07-06-2012, 03:39 PM
Don't forget about O.J. Simpson. He was murderously good.

K Train
07-06-2012, 03:45 PM
earl campbell, jamal lewis, marshawn lynch, fred taylor, clinton portis, marcus allen, cadillac williams and eddie george were beast rookies too...thinking outside the box a bit

The Alex
07-06-2012, 04:05 PM
Bo Jackson, as long as he doesn't play pro baseball. Bo focused on football in a 16 game season would just be unreal.

CJSchneider
07-06-2012, 04:38 PM
Don't forget about O.J. Simpson. He was murderously good.

http://legacy.barstoolsports.com/_images/articles/2007/06/19/oj.jpg

I see what you did there ;)

molenguinurtle
07-06-2012, 05:38 PM
Gale Sayers

OSUGiants17
07-06-2012, 05:53 PM
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Barry Sanders

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Eric Dickerson

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LaDainian Tomlinson

One of these 3

Bengalsrocket
07-06-2012, 06:59 PM
I thought I'd be unique coming in here to post Faulk, but he was mentioned early and often. Good to know others like him as much as I do.

Rabscuttle
07-06-2012, 07:52 PM
Dickerson or Campbell would be my choices for the Niners. Possibly Emmitt Smith.

BigBanger
07-07-2012, 07:42 AM
Earl Campbell is, and most likely, always will be my favorite RB. I'd probably go with him or Barry Sanders. Sanders was the best RB I've ever seen.

I also think the world of Adrian Peterson and LaDainian Tomlinson.

But the first name I thought of when I read this topic was Eric Dickerson. That may be because he (probably) had the best rookie season of any RB.

YAYareaRB
07-07-2012, 09:11 AM
i'm going with barry. surprised no one is mentioning emmitt

wicket
07-07-2012, 09:16 AM
assuming the thought is that you have him as a rookie to have his full career in your team, in that case it would be marshall faulk, just because he is taylormade for the saints offense

robert pancake gallery
07-07-2012, 09:28 PM
peyton hillis easily

WCH
07-07-2012, 09:48 PM
assuming the thought is that you have him as a rookie to have his full career in your team, in that case it would be marshall faulk, just because he is taylormade for the saints offense

The Saints would be pretty sick with Faulk. He'd be what they had hoped Bush would be.

Matthew Jones
07-07-2012, 10:19 PM
Bo Jackson or Earl Campbell for me.

FUNBUNCHER
07-07-2012, 10:41 PM
i'm going with barry. surprised no one is mentioning emmitt


I don't really consider Emmitt Smith old skool, but I guess it depends how old you are.:helmet:

Brothgar
07-07-2012, 10:54 PM
i'm going with barry. surprised no one is mentioning emmitt

That cuz barry >>> emmitt

JoeJoeBrown
07-07-2012, 10:58 PM
Jim Brown and it's not even close. The guy was the definition of a beast.

WCH
07-07-2012, 11:06 PM
That cuz barry >>> emmitt

Barry Sanders was amazing -- possibly the best pure runner in NFL history, and certainly the shiftiest.

Lindy Infante wanted to draft him over Tony Mandarich in the '89 draft, but he was overruled by the GM (Infante fell in love with him after he ran 4.39, which was pretty rare in '89). As a Packer fan, I can't complain about the past 20 years, but I can't help but wonder "what if?"

Barry was good. I can spend hours watching his highlights.

armageddon
07-07-2012, 11:13 PM
Imagine if Steven Jackson played on a good team with a good o-line ? Look what he does on a terrible team with a terrible line.

onejayhawk
07-08-2012, 05:18 PM
Jim Brown. Still the best ever.

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