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Best Goal Line Runner You Ever Saw (1 Viewer)

Bob_Magaw

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refrigerator perry...

seriously :)

marcus allen & priest holmes for me... marshall faulk was pretty good, too...

what made them great... probably a thousand things... but a big component in their success probably had to do with what we usually refer to as instincts, vision, sensing the right hole to attack & whether to go low or high, making a decision quickly & hitting the hole authoritatively...

one reason i opted for caddy over steven jackson in recent dynasty trade was because i was much more confident in caddy's instincts than jax's.

sometimes size/speed packages are overblown (is eric shelton a great instinctive runner?)... marcus wasn't the biggest, strongest or fastest RB around... same with priest (ditto for emmit smith, walter payton, etc)...

something to think about when parsing the incoming rookie talent at RB...

 
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Bettis down?

Allen was great. Faulk was a good goal line runner IMHO, not great. Faulk's goalline stats really benefitted from the innovative offense in St.Louis IMHO, but he was very good as well...he's up there.

 
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Emmitt Smith.
Would've been nice to see him behind an average O-Line.
So you must be down on Priest Holmes then, eh?
All things being equal(including O-line) I'd go like this.1a) Allen

1b) Bettis

Much like Emmit, Priest seemed to get a lot of easy ones. I don't think it's coincidence that LJ has stepped right in and accomplished similar stats.

 
Marshall Faulk, bar none.

Among all the other great things you could say about him, he was (and likely still is) the best "crease" runner I've ever seen. His ablity to exploit the slightest crack would make a cockroach envious.

Think about it. Most goal line runners either power their way through (Bettis), head for the corner (Holmes), or go up and over (Allen). Faulk did all his damage between the tackles in extremely close quarters by using remarkably subtle side seps to make defenders -just- miss.

Clearly the best I've ever seen on a weekly basis.

 
what made them great... probably a thousand things... but a big component in their success probably had to do with what we usually refer to as instincts, vision, sensing the right hole to attack & whether to go low or high, making a decision quickly & hitting the hole authoritatively...
I remember a Marcus Allen interview (or it may have just been a quick blurb during one of his games) where he said the key to his goalline success was that he always kept his head up and was always looking :thumbup:
 
Ben Roethlisberger ;)

marcus allen & priest holmes for me...

what made them great... probably a thousand things... but a big component in their success probably had to do with what we usually refer to as instincts, vision, sensing the right hole to attack & whether to go low or high, making a decision quickly & hitting the hole authoritatively...
:thumbup: The two I immediately thought of.Funny nobody's mentioned the record holder yet.

For instincts, LT is right up there.

 
John Riggins. He had the power and quickness to make an impact and had some huge hands to hold on to the ball while he extended it over the goal line.

 
Emmitt Smith.
Would've been nice to see him behind an average O-Line.
So you must be down on Priest Holmes then, eh?
All things being equal(including O-line) I'd go like this.1a) Allen

1b) Bettis

Much like Emmit, Priest seemed to get a lot of easy ones. I don't think it's coincidence that LJ has stepped right in and accomplished similar stats.
No way it can be either of these guys. They had very good offensive lines. :rolleyes:
 
lol @ Bettis best ever. I'm surprised someone hasn't said Moe Williams or Crockett :rolleyes:

Allen, Payton and Campbell.

 
No way it can be either of these guys. They had very good offensive lines.  :rolleyes:
Do you notice you're the only one pimping Emmit here?
Emmit is the all-time leader in rushing touchdowns and everybody here has seen him play; he should be getting some recognition.
 
No way it can be either of these guys. They had very good offensive lines.  :rolleyes:
Do you notice you're the only one pimping Emmit here?
Emmit is the all-time leader in rushing touchdowns and everybody here has seen him play; he should be getting some recognition.
Yeah, but we're talking about the best here. Emmit is obviously no slouch.The question to me is better asked this way, "If your team had the ball on the goalline, who would you most want to give the ball to." Emmit doesn't even make my top 5.

 
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Love Marcus - was great GL back with Raiders and perfected it with Chiefs. Still, don't recall anyone flying over the pile like Walter Payton.

 
I'll take anyone but Corey Dillon. The guy has no nose for the endzone. I remember a few years back it took him like 4 downs from the 1 and he couldn't get in and the Bengals lost by like 4 or something like that. It was awful.

 
Ya know who I always thought was a great goal-line guy was Billy Simms. I was pretty young at the time, but that guy had the leap over the line thing down. too bad his career was cut short.

 
I'll take anyone but Corey Dillon. The guy has no nose for the endzone. I remember a few years back it took him like 4 downs from the 1 and he couldn't get in and the Bengals lost by like 4 or something like that. It was awful.
Kind of like Edge?
 
Marchus Allen is up there because he used to jump way over the top, he was tough to stop. Now days, it's all about getting low, but he had a different style and he was very good at it.

When we start thinking of great RB's and the short yardage/goal line plays, most of the great ones also had a good offensive line guys. It sort of goes hand in hand. I mean, John Riggins had the hoggs, but he was certainly a great short yardage guy.

Emmitt Smith scored a ton of 1 to 2 yard Td's, but we all know how good their line was.......Priest Holmes, Faulk etc......

I'd imagine that for the amount of carries he got at the 1 and how many times he scored, The Fridge's percentage is probably pretty high! :P

 
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I agree with Priest and Marcus Allen as some of the best.

But the guy that could always cut, accelerate or squirt through a hole better than anyone was Emmitt. I remember too many times where the defense had him stacked up and he still found a way to make the right move to score. And I'm a friggin' Redskin fan.

 
I've seen them all in the last 40 years, and I'd have to say Bettis is the best goal line rusher I ever saw.

 
Marchus Allen is up there because he used to jump way over the top, he was tough to stop. Now days, it's all about getting low, but he had a different style and he was very good at it.

When we start thinking of great RB's and the short yardage/goal line plays, most of the great ones also had a good offensive line guys. It sort of goes hand in hand. I mean, John Riggins had the hoggs, but he was certainly a great short yardage guy.

Emmitt Smith scored a ton of 1 to 2 yard Td's, but we all know how go their line was.......Priest Holmes, Faulk etc......

I'd imagine that for the amount of carries he got at the 1 and how many times he scored, The Fridge's percentage is probably pretty high! :P
How come you consider the strong offensive lines for Emmitt, Priest, Riggins and Faulk as negatives but not give the Fridge a free pass when he was running behind 2 or 3 all-pros on the Bears in 85?
 
I've seen them all in the last 40 years, and I'd have to say Bettis is the best goal line rusher I ever saw.
Nobody gets a free pass, the smiley behind the statement means I was being sort of facetious. I don't care if he got in on every carry, I would never consider The Fridge the greatest RB at anything, even though he was effective for his team basically that one season.
 
Sam "Bam" Cunningham.

It was tremendous fun to watch him throw himself into the pile (and sometimes over the pile) with such utter abandon.

 
Walter Payton, Marcus Allen, and Bo Jackson all rank among my favorite RB's to watch at the goal line.

That said, Shaun Alexander is perhaps the most underrated goal line runner of all time. Much is made of the dominant o-line he has played with for his entire career, but that only tells part of the story. Once he gets into the red zone, he transforms into a completely different player. It's on these moments that he gives the defense a taste of how big and powerful his 5'11 225lb frame truly is.

 
Honorable mention to Mike Alstott. There was a goalline run versus the Redskins 3 or 4 years ago that was surreal. He literally got hit by 6 or 7 guys and still made it in.

 
Best.. I'd say Bettis/Allen.

Underrated - Faulk and Sanders

Overrated - By a LONG margin Emmit Smith (also the most overrated rb period).

 
Earl Campbell.
:goodposting: That dude was a horse. Thighs bigger than my midsection. That guy could drag half the secondary with him into the endzone and was deceptively fast for his size. Pure power....

 
I've seen them all in the last 40 years, and I'd have to say Bettis is the best goal line rusher I ever saw
:goodposting: Bettis was flat out remarkable. If I needed 2 yards and i had to pick one running back in history, I might well take Bettis. With one step he generated more power than most running backs could with 3, but somehow he still managed to find seams with that big frame.
 
Bettis best ever ? give me a break. His fumble against Indy almost defined his career. lol

Most all mentioned on this page is worthy except Bettis!

Your only as god as the line in front of you. Most mentioned were blessed with a great offensive lines in their time.

Marquis Allen stands out to me because he dove over the line and didn't play with great lines in his ERA and didn't even need a line. Danceing Bears list is good as 4 of 5 were true crushers that plowed thru lines.

Alexander has a niche for goaline but still has a lot to define yet. Priest was special around that goaline but was blessed with a great line. Payton always found a way to get in. Alexander is starting to compare.

But Emmitt did it the longest and holds the record so he has to be the greatest!

 

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