Brown and Payton, as RB's, are virtually interchangeable and by far at the top of the list.
Barry is probably the greatest pure runner of all time (Sayers?) and was certainly the most exciting.
Emmitt is a nice back who benefitted tremendously (an understatement, if possible) from an offense and an O-line who rank in the top three of all-time. I think there are 20-25 backs in the history of the NFL that could do what E. Smith did given the same opportunity and situation.
Not looking to flame Emmitt, but let's get real....most of us at the Cafe could gain 2 yards behind that line before we got sent to the hospital.
Flame away, Cowboy apologists.
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