DisgruntledJetsFan wrote:This is a very good question, because there have been so many great RBs throughout the years. I think that it can be limited down to Emmit Smith, Walter Payton, Jim Brown, and Barry Sanders. Personally I think that Brown and Sanders are in a class of their own, and both retired too early.
My pick for the greatest running back of all time is Jim Brown. He only played 9 seasons, back in the 14 games a year era, and racked up 12,312 rushing yards. He finished his career with an astounding 5.2 yards per carry, and 126 total touchdowns. In 1963 he averaged 6.4 yards per carry for 1863 yards in 14 games. That could very well be the greatest season of all time for a RB.
I can't agree with you more. Jim Brown IS the greatest RB of all time. Just look at the 6.4 yards per carry. That stat alone is just amazing! If he had played more than 9 season then we would not be having this debate today.