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**Official** Top Ten RBs of All Time Series (1 Viewer)

Who should make the next poll as a candidate?


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GregR

Footballguy
Voting closed. Vote for RB #8 here.

RB #1: Jim Brown 48.5% of the vote.

RB #2: Walter Payton 41.7% of the vote.

RB #3: Barry Sanders 70.6% of the vote.

RB #4: OJ Simpson 27.4% of the vote.

RB #5(tie): Marshall Faulk 25.2% of the vote.

RB #5(tie): Emmitt Smith 25.2% of the vote.

RB #7: Eric Dickerson 41.0% of the vote.

Time to settle who are the top 10 running backs of all time. The first poll is to vote for the #7 RB of all time. The second poll is to pick the player who didn't make the list of candidates this time but who should be included in the list for the next slot. The voting for RB #5 was a tie when I called it, so going to leave them tied and promote two more people to the voting pool. Edgerrin James and Priest Holmes were promoted based on the previous voting.

I've googled about 20 all time top ten lists and chose 14 of the players listed most often, and included Adrian Peterson as the active back I thought most likely to get votes somewhere in the top ten.

Career Stats

Player………… G RuAtt RuYd RuTD RuYd/A RuYd/G Rec RecYd RecTD Yd/Rec Rec/G ReYd/G YdScm YdScm/G TotalTD Fmb
Code:
Marcus Allen	222	3022	12243	123	4.1	55.1	587	5411	21	9.2	2.6	24.4	17654	79.5	144	65Jerome Bettis	192	3479	13662	91	3.9	71.2	200	1449	3	7.2	1	7.5	15111	78.7	94	41Earl Campbell	115	2187	9407	74	4.3	81.8	121	806	0	6.7	1.1	7	10213	88.8	74	43Terrell Davis	78	1655	7607	60	4.6	97.5	169	1280	5	7.6	2.2	16.4	8887	113.9	65	20Eric Dickerson	146	2996	13259	90	4.4	90.8	281	2137	6	7.6	1.9	14.6	15396	105.5	96	78Tony Dorsett	173	2936	12739	77	4.3	73.6	398	3554	13	8.9	2.3	20.5	16293	94.2	90	90Franco Harris	173	2949	12120	91	4.1	70.1	307	2287	9	7.4	1.8	13.2	14407	83.3	100	90Priest Holmes	113	1780	8172	86	4.6	72.3	339	2962	8	8.7	3	26.2	11134	98.5	94	16Bo Jackson	38	515	2782	16	5.4	73.2	40	352	2	8.8	1.1	9.3	3134	82.5	18	11Edgerrin James	148	3028	12246	80	4	82.7	433	3364	11	7.8	2.9	22.7	15610	105.5	91	44Curtis Martin	168	3518	14101	90	4	83.9	484	3329	10	6.9	2.9	19.8	17430	103.8	100	29Adrian Peterson	61	1198	5782	52	4.8	94.8	119	1170	2	9.8	2	19.2	6952	114.0	54	21Gale Sayers	68	991	4956	39	5	72.9	112	1307	9	11.7	1.6	19.2	6263	92.1	48	34Thurman Thomas	182	2877	12074	65	4.2	66.3	472	4458	23	9.4	2.6	24.5	16532	90.8	88	50L. Tomlinson	156	3099	13404	144	4.3	85.9	582	4323	15	7.4	3.7	27.7	17727	113.6	159	30
Awards and Career Rankings

ProBwl: Total Pro Bowl appearances

All Pro: Total 1st team All Pro only.

MVP: Total Associated Press MVP only.

OffYr: Total AP Offensive Player of the Year awards

Rest of categories are where they rank on the all time career list.

*: Player predates the creation of the AP Offensive Player of the Year award.

-: Player does not rank in Pro Football Reference's career list in that category.

Player………… AllPro ProBwl MVP OffYr RuYd RuYd/G RuTD YdScm RuReTD
Code:
Marcus Allen	2	6	1	1	12	92	3	7	6Jerome Bettis	2	6	0	0	5	33	10	18	22Earl Campbell	3	5	1	3	30	14	23	78	74Terrell Davis	3	3	1	2	46	4	40	119	99Eric Dickerson	5	6	0	2	7	6	12	14	21Tony Dorsett	1	4	0	0	8	27	20	10	28Franco Harris	1	9	0	0	13	35	10	23	19Priest Holmes	3	3	0	1	38	31	14	60	22Bo Jackson	0	1	0	0	-	28	-	-	-Edgerrin James	1	4	0	0	11	13	18	13	25Curtis Martin	1	5	0	0	4	11	12	8	19Adrian Peterson	2	4	0	0	83	5	54	8	168Gale Sayers	5	4	0	*	118	30	107	-	-Thurman Thomas	2	5	1	1	14	47	33	9	31L. Tomlinson	3	5	1	1	6	9	2	6	3
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I also grabbed some RBs who didn't make the list this time, but maybe should be included for voting of later slots. The second poll is to decide which one of these RBs gets promoted to the main list next time. If there is someone you think actually belongs in the top ten list who isn't in either list, please post them.

Code:
Player…………	G 	RuAtt 	RuYd 	RuTD 	RuYd/A 	RuYd/G 	Rec 	RecYd	RecTD 	Yd/Rec	Rec/G 	ReYd/G 	YdScm 	YdScm/G	TotalTD	Fmb
Code:
Shaun Alexander	123	2187	9453	100	4.3	76.9	215	1520	12	7.1	1.7	12.4	10973	89.2	112	31Larry Csonka	146	1891	8081	64	4.3	55.3	106	820	4	7.7	0.7	5.6	8901	61.0	68	21Chris Johnson	47	925	4598	34	5	97.8	137	1008	4	7.4	2.9	21.4	5606	119.3	38	7Marion Motley	106	828	4720	31	5.7	44.5	85	1107	7	13	0.8	10.4	5827	55.0	38	9John Riggins	175	2916	11352	104	3.9	64.9	250	2090	12	8.4	1.4	11.9	13442	76.8	116	58Jim Taylor	132	1941	8597	83	4.4	65.1	225	1756	10	7.8	1.7	13.3	10353	78.4	93	34
Code:
Player…………	AllPro	ProBwl	MVP	OffYr	RuYd	RuYd/G	RuTD	YdScm	RuReTD
Code:
Shaun Alexander	1	3	1	1	29	20	7	62	13Larry Csonka	2	5	0	0	39	91	35	118	86Chris Johnson	1	3	0	1	139	3	146	-	-Marion Motley	2	1	0	*	127	166	169	-	-John Riggins	1	1	0	0	16	53	6	29	12Jim Taylor	1	5	1	*	33	52	15	74	24
 
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sn0mm1s

Footballguy
I think Dickerson is going to win this in a landslide. For a suggestion on the next round would be to put Joe Perry in the on deck vote. 9000+ career rushing yards, was the all time leading rusher when he retired, averaged 5.0 YPC.

 

jon_mx

Footballguy
'sn0mm1s said:
I think Dickerson is going to win this in a landslide. For a suggestion on the next round would be to put Joe Perry in the on deck vote. 9000+ career rushing yards, was the all time leading rusher when he retired, averaged 5.0 YPC.
Still don't get the lack of love for Billy Sims. He was the #1 Fantasy Player scorer in football in both 1980 and 1981.
 

sn0mm1s

Footballguy
'sn0mm1s said:
I think Dickerson is going to win this in a landslide. For a suggestion on the next round would be to put Joe Perry in the on deck vote. 9000+ career rushing yards, was the all time leading rusher when he retired, averaged 5.0 YPC.
Still don't get the lack of love for Billy Sims. He was the #1 Fantasy Player scorer in football in both 1980 and 1981.
Career was too short - and no one played fantasy football when Billy Sims played.
 

sn0mm1s

Footballguy
Not to be a homer, but how does 144 TD's go unnoticed?
Allen just wasn't a dominant player. He basically played like a 30+ year old Tomlinson for a dozen years. Also, TDs aren't a great stat to judge a RB on because they are easily manipulated by coaches and playcalling. There is a reason that the TD record was broken 4 times in 6 years (with Tomlinson, Faulk, Holmes, and Alexander) - coaches wanted their player to break it. Not to mention scoring short TDs isn't all that hard - if it was QBs wouldn't do it all the time.
 

jon_mx

Footballguy
'sn0mm1s said:
I think Dickerson is going to win this in a landslide. For a suggestion on the next round would be to put Joe Perry in the on deck vote. 9000+ career rushing yards, was the all time leading rusher when he retired, averaged 5.0 YPC.
Still don't get the lack of love for Billy Sims. He was the #1 Fantasy Player scorer in football in both 1980 and 1981.
Career was too short - and no one played fantasy football when Billy Sims played.
Twice as many yards are Bo Jackson, who is on the list. And played with pathetic QB's like Gary Danielson and Eric Hipple.
 

sn0mm1s

Footballguy
Twice as many yards are Bo Jackson, who is on the list. And played with pathetic QB's like Gary Danielson and Eric Hipple.
Oh, I don't think Bo should be on the list either - nor Sayers. Jamaal Charles has just as much right to be on the list as Bo, Sayers, or Sims.
 

GregR

Footballguy
'sn0mm1s said:
I think Dickerson is going to win this in a landslide. For a suggestion on the next round would be to put Joe Perry in the on deck vote. 9000+ career rushing yards, was the all time leading rusher when he retired, averaged 5.0 YPC.
Still don't get the lack of love for Billy Sims. He was the #1 Fantasy Player scorer in football in both 1980 and 1981.
Career was too short - and no one played fantasy football when Billy Sims played.
Twice as many yards are Bo Jackson, who is on the list. And played with pathetic QB's like Gary Danielson and Eric Hipple.
Bo Jackson wasn't on the list until multiple people asked for him at the start of the series. I'll try to remember to put him in next time.
 

Urlacher54

Footballguy
LT2 beats or matches Dickerson in just about every category, was just as dominant during his time, and had less than half the fumbles on more touches.

 

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