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Postby dream_017 » Tue Oct 04, 2011 1:40 pm

Barry Sanders?

Very interesting article.
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Peterson's legacy threatened by losing
The best running back in the NFL stood in the solemn visitors’ locker room, his shoulders drooped, a sour look on his face, his team’s bleak future staring back at him.
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This is a man who has been compared to Walter Payton, Tony Dorsett, Marshall Faulk. But so far in Peterson’s young career, there’s one huge difference: All those running backs won a Super Bowl, while Peterson has yet to make one.
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In 1989, the Detroit Lions drafted in the first round an exciting running back from Oklahoma State named Barry Sanders. Sanders was fresh off a Heisman Trophy season that some called the greatest individual college performance of all time. He quickly became the toast of the NFL.

The Lions built their team around him, and Sanders was selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his 10 seasons. He ran for 5,674 yards in his first four seasons and scored 52 touchdowns. Yet the Lions’ record in Sanders’ first five seasons was 40-40.

Sanders’ team made the NFC Championship Game in his third season after finishing 12-4 in the regular season. The Lions lost, and, with a rotating cast of quarterbacks who ranged from Andre Ware to Don Majkowski, never made it back.

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In 2007, the Vikings used their first-round pick on Peterson, an exciting running back from the University of Oklahoma who a couple years before nearly won the Heisman Trophy as a freshman. Peterson quickly became the toast of the NFL.

The Vikings built their team around him, and Peterson made the Pro Bowl his first four seasons. In those first four seasons, he ran for 5,782 yards, 108 yards more than Sanders, and scored the same number of touchdowns.

Yet the Vikings have started Peterson’s career barely above .500, at 36-32. They made the NFC Championship Game in Peterson’s third season after finishing 12-4 in the regular season. They lost, and they don’t seem headed back any time soon.

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Their running styles, of course, are quite different.
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But the career arcs of Sanders and Peterson are, to this point, remarkably similar.

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Re: Is Adrian Peterson going to turn out to be....

Postby moochman » Tue Oct 04, 2011 7:46 pm

Oh no you dit-int. :-b

The similarities in teams, not talent, is unsettling. The Lions Wayno Fontes never got the credit he deserved for being a total boob when he help keep the Lions from a title shot during the era when Barry had the most help. ADP had to suffer through Chilly Childress and his weak play as he allowed Favre to run the team and squandered chances to win it all. Hope it doesn't work out that way, and that is as close as you'll ever see me to rooting for the ViQueens to win a title.
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Postby abrunn11 » Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:27 pm

Anyone that plays a position other than quarterback should NEVER be brought up in a discussion involving "the best (fill in the blank) not to win a Super Bowl". A single player, outside of a QB, simply cannot impact the game enough to be responsible for winning a ring. A player other than a QB can impact a single game enough to change the outcome of the one game, but not an entire regular season and playoff run.
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Re: Is Adrian Peterson going to turn out to be....

Postby Azrael » Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:18 pm

No, he's not that good.
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Re: Is Adrian Peterson going to turn out to be....

Postby Stevooo » Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:43 am

ADP is the best back in the NFL and very durable. He has plenty of time to win his Bowl, it took Peyton 10 years to win one :-)
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Re: Is Adrian Peterson going to turn out to be....

Postby Sex Panther » Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:59 am

Stevooo wrote:ADP is the best back in the NFL and very durable. He has plenty of time to win his Bowl, it took Peyton 10 years to win one :-)


However, very few RB are relevant for 10 years.

Nothing wrong with being compared to Sanders (or Tomlinson, Marino, or any other all time great for that matter), football is the ultimate team game, you can be the best of the best; an all time talent - and never win the SB... that doesn't diminish how great these guys are.
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