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Old 12-03-2008, 07:55 PM    (permalink
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Default Who Would Have Been the Best if Not for Injuries...

Just wondering who everyone thinks would have been a superstar had they stayed healthy their whole careers. I was thinking along the lines of Bo Jackson, Terrell Davis, Tim Biakabatuka, etc...

(If this thread has been discussed earlier then sorry for bringing it up again. I searched for it and found nothing so I thought it would bring about some interesting discussion.)
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If Bo Jackson had been a football player 365 days a year and worked out as such in the offseason, he could have been the single best runner in NFL history. The fact that he average over 5.5 yards per touch when football was his part-time job is astounding.
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Bo Jackson, it's not even debatable.
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okay, we all know about Bo. (did you see it?)

who else?
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Terrell Davis was unreal, he averaged 1600 yards and 15 touchdowns through his first 4 years, he also absolutely dominated in the playoffs averaging 140 yards and 1.5 tds per playoff game he could have been one of the greatest backs of all time, hes a HOFer in my books as is.
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Terrell Davis was unreal, he averaged 1600 yards and 15 touchdowns through his first 4 years, he also absolutely dominated in the playoffs averaging 140 yards and 1.5 tds per playoff game he could have been one of the greatest backs of all time, hes a HOFer in my books as is.
yeah TD was pretty ridiculous. I remember his 2000 yd season he absolutely tore it up. I woulda loved to see him play alot more
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Bo is the obvious one.
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While not quite as prolific as Terrell Davis or Gale Sayers, Jamal Anderson would have been even better if not for injuries. The Falcons ran him into the ground during their superbowl season. Tore his knee up the year after at like age 27 and was never the same runner again.

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Don Rogers. He was a great up and coming safety. A lot of people think the drive would never have happened if he hadn't died.

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Kellen Winslow Jr.

No its not bias either, look what the dude has done after a broken leg, motorcycle accident, staph infection, separated shoulder etc.

He's still a pro-bowler and doesn't have the speed/blocking he would if he hadn't destroyed his knee.

And yes K2 is my favorite player.
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It makes me sick to even bring his name up, but I guess football wasn't his path...I believe he almost got his leg amputated from that off-season accident, and couldn't even play again until 4 years later.
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Billy Sims, he's pretty unknown around the league and even in his pro town (Detroit) but in 5 yrs he made the pro bowl 3 times, the 5th yr. he was injured half way through and retired because of it. He avg. 4.5 yds/carry and over 1,000 yds a season and about 50 catches a year also.

That said, it's hard not to say Bo and Sayers would have been/were amazing.
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Bo Jackson and Terrell Davis are the most recognizable names but I'm sure there are a couple great ones on defense that had career altering injuries but don't get recognition just because of the position. Honestly, I can't think of any on defense at the moment but there has to be some.
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Bo Jackson and Terrell Davis are the most recognizable names but I'm sure there are a couple great ones on defense that had career altering injuries but don't get recognition just because of the position. Honestly, I can't think of any on defense at the moment but there has to be some.
Brian Bosworth, the injury being his ego when Bo ran his A** over twice in the same game. The Bos was never the same after that.
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