bagobonez wrote:Emmitt Smith. Most career rushing yards. Most career rushing TD's. 3 Super Bowl rings. 4 time NFL rushing champion. League MVP. Super Bowl MVP. 8 pro bowl selections.
All of this with limited size and limited speed.
I don't know what more the guy could have done to solidy himself as #1.
Part of being great is doing it for a long time. And while 9 seasons is still a pretty lengthy career, who knows if Jim Brown's production would have slipped had he kept on playing.
In my mind, the only running back who comes close to Emmitt is Walter Payton. Barry Sanders and Jim Brown aren't even close.
Barry and Jim aren't even close???? How can u possibly say that. Let me say this first, Emmitt is a good back no doubt. But, he majorly benifited from a GREAT offensive line and a passing attack to counter his runs.
Answer this, would Emmitt be the same back if he played for Detroit? What would Barry's and Jim's numbers be if they played longer.
Everyone gives credit to Emmitt's offensive line, but no credit to Emmitt himself. When EMmitt went to his first two pro-bowls, not ONE Cowboy offensive lineman was selected to the Pro-Bowl with him. Maybe, just maybe, Emmitt made his line look and play better. Even Nate Newton admitted that. And how come when Emmitt wasn't in the game, his backups didn't tear it up behind that offensive line?
People say "Barry never had the great offenses that Emmitt had". In 1995 Scott Mitchell had over 4,000 yards passing, over 30 TD's, both Herman Moore and Brett Perriman had over 100 receptions each, yet Barry never played for a good offense? Right. In 1997, Mitchell had over 3,000 yards passing, nearly 20 TD's and the Lions had two different 1,000 yard receivers. In 1998 the Lions had a 1,000 yard WR and a 900 yard WR.
In Emmitt's rookie year, Troy Aikman had 11 TDs and 18 INT's, yet Emmitt still made the pro bowl. None of his offensive linemen did. In 1991, Aikman somehow made the pro bowl with 11 TD's and 10 INT's, Emmitt also made the pro bowl, but none of his offensive linemen did.
Furthermore, Arizona had a total of ZERO players in the Pro Bowl this year, yet a 35 year old Emmitt Smith nearly got 1,000 yards and had 9 TD's.
But it was all just the offensive line.