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They released the top 11 players during halftime of the national championship, and we might as well address the elephant-sized orange in the room...

1-Jim Brown
2-Herschel Walker
3-Bo Jackson
4-Archie Griffin
5-Jim Thorpe
6-Red Grange
7-Earl Campbell
8-Dick Butkus
9-Barry Sanders
10-Gale Sayers
11-Roger Staubach

First of all, I'm proud of Syracuse for getting the most votes for their man... but if I'm team captain and I'm picking my running back, I'm not taking Jim Brown... nor Herschel Walker, nor Bo Jackson, Archie Griffin, Jim Thorpe, or Red Grange either... I'll think about Earl Campbell for a moment, but then I'll come to my senses and pick BARRY SANDERS. No disrespect to those other guys, but... Barry was just other-worldly! You couldn't catch that guy playing touch in a phone booth!*

* for those of you too young to know what that is, it's like a small closet with a land-line phone in it... if you don't know what THAT is, I can't help you.
01-13-2020 11:01 PM
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RE: CFB-150 Top Players of All Time
(01-13-2020 11:01 PM)Hokie Mark Wrote:  They released the top 11 players during halftime of the national championship, and we might as well address the elephant-sized orange in the room...

1-Jim Brown
2-Herschel Walker
3-Bo Jackson
4-Archie Griffin
5-Jim Thorpe
6-Red Grange
7-Earl Campbell
8-Dick Butkus
9-Barry Sanders
10-Gale Sayers
11-Roger Staubach

First of all, I'm proud of Syracuse for getting the most votes for their man... but if I'm team captain and I'm picking my running back, I'm not taking Jim Brown... nor Herschel Walker, nor Bo Jackson, Archie Griffin, Jim Thorpe, or Red Grange either... I'll think about Earl Campbell for a moment, but then I'll come to my senses and pick BARRY SANDERS. No disrespect to those other guys, but... Barry was just other-worldly! You couldn't catch that guy playing touch in a phone booth!*

* for those of you too young to know what that is, it's like a small closet with a land-line phone in it... if you don't know what THAT is, I can't help you.

No way. Herschel all the way. I honestly think that man could suit up and rush for 100 yards in a game right now.
01-14-2020 12:38 AM
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RE: CFB-150 Top Players of All Time
(01-13-2020 11:01 PM)Hokie Mark Wrote:  They released the top 11 players during halftime of the national championship, and we might as well address the elephant-sized orange in the room...

1-Jim Brown
2-Herschel Walker
3-Bo Jackson
4-Archie Griffin
5-Jim Thorpe
6-Red Grange
7-Earl Campbell
8-Dick Butkus
9-Barry Sanders
10-Gale Sayers
11-Roger Staubach

First of all, I'm proud of Syracuse for getting the most votes for their man... but if I'm team captain and I'm picking my running back, I'm not taking Jim Brown... nor Herschel Walker, nor Bo Jackson, Archie Griffin, Jim Thorpe, or Red Grange either... I'll think about Earl Campbell for a moment, but then I'll come to my senses and pick BARRY SANDERS. No disrespect to those other guys, but... Barry was just other-worldly! You couldn't catch that guy playing touch in a phone booth!*

* for those of you too young to know what that is, it's like a small closet with a land-line phone in it... if you don't know what THAT is, I can't help you.

Yes, Brown is getting NFL votes. Should be #5 or so.
01-14-2020 12:43 AM
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(01-14-2020 12:38 AM)Kaplony Wrote:  
(01-13-2020 11:01 PM)Hokie Mark Wrote:  They released the top 11 players during halftime of the national championship, and we might as well address the elephant-sized orange in the room...

1-Jim Brown
2-Herschel Walker
3-Bo Jackson
4-Archie Griffin
5-Jim Thorpe
6-Red Grange
7-Earl Campbell
8-Dick Butkus
9-Barry Sanders
10-Gale Sayers
11-Roger Staubach

First of all, I'm proud of Syracuse for getting the most votes for their man... but if I'm team captain and I'm picking my running back, I'm not taking Jim Brown... nor Herschel Walker, nor Bo Jackson, Archie Griffin, Jim Thorpe, or Red Grange either... I'll think about Earl Campbell for a moment, but then I'll come to my senses and pick BARRY SANDERS. No disrespect to those other guys, but... Barry was just other-worldly! You couldn't catch that guy playing touch in a phone booth!*

* for those of you too young to know what that is, it's like a small closet with a land-line phone in it... if you don't know what THAT is, I can't help you.

No way. Herschel all the way. I honestly think that man could suit up and rush for 100 yards in a game right now.

I respect that. Herschel was dominant (like Brown, only against better defenses). I'm basing a lot of my opinion on what the Walker and Sanders did in the NFL, against the very best defenders. Walker did ok, but Sanders was still dominant...
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(01-14-2020 08:39 AM)Hokie Mark Wrote:  I respect that. Herschel was dominant (like Brown, only against better defenses). I'm basing a lot of my opinion on what the Walker and Sanders did in the NFL, against the very best defenders. Walker did ok, but Sanders was still dominant...

Herschel never had a proper NFL career, thanks to his stint in the USFL. He gained ungodly gobs of yardage there, and then when he came to the bad Cowboys teams of the late 80s, he was treated more as combined RB/WR than a straight runner, then later as a kick returner.

Still, despite that, he gained over 8,000 NFL rushing yards and caught over 500 passes. He also had over 5,000 kick return yards. All told he had almost 18,000 total yards in 12 NFL seasons.
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RE: CFB-150 Top Players of All Time
Deion Sanders, Derek Brooks, Fred Bilitnikof, Warrick Dunn, Charlie Ward made the list. What’s ironic is that some of these guys are arguably the 2nd or 3rd best at their position at FSU. I’d put Ron Sellers and Peter Warrick ahead of Fred B. Marvin Jones ahead of Derek Brooks, Chris Weinke and Jameis Winston ahead of Charlie Ward. Dalvin Cook ahead of Warrick Dunn.

However, I do respect that many of these players revolutionized the way the game was played like Fred B, Charlie Ward and Warrick Dunn. They really were the standard that everyone else got measured by at that time. Deion is still still the standard bearer for CBs, perhaps the only other CB since that enters the same conversation as the GOAT at that position is Charles Woodson.
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There is only one Jim Brown. The GOAT

Ernie Davis at #15
Sadly he died before he could dominate in the NFL
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RE: CFB-150 Top Players of All Time
(01-14-2020 11:11 AM)TexanMark Wrote:  There is only one Jim Brown. The GOAT

Ernie Davis at #15
Sadly he died before he could dominate in the NFL

YES!!!
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(01-14-2020 09:20 AM)quo vadis Wrote:  
(01-14-2020 08:39 AM)Hokie Mark Wrote:  I respect that. Herschel was dominant (like Brown, only against better defenses). I'm basing a lot of my opinion on what the Walker and Sanders did in the NFL, against the very best defenders. Walker did ok, but Sanders was still dominant...

Herschel never had a proper NFL career, thanks to his stint in the USFL. He gained ungodly gobs of yardage there, and then when he came to the bad Cowboys teams of the late 80s, he was treated more as combined RB/WR than a straight runner, then later as a kick returner.

Still, despite that, he gained over 8,000 NFL rushing yards and caught over 500 passes. He also had over 5,000 kick return yards. All told he had almost 18,000 total yards in 12 NFL seasons.

Combined yards is not the same as rushing yards.

Compare Walker's 8,000 to Sanders 15,269 rushing yards.

Sanders rushed for 2,053 yards in the 1997 season alone - while playing for a team with basically nothing else on offense.

Sanders rushed for 1,500 or more yards 5 times, including 4 years in a row.

In 1997, he set an NFL record by rushing for at least 100 yards in 14 consecutive games and became only the third player to reach 2,000 yards in a single season.

The fact that he did all this on an otherwise bad Detroit Lions team just makes it that much more impressive.
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(01-14-2020 11:31 AM)Hokie Mark Wrote:  
(01-14-2020 09:20 AM)quo vadis Wrote:  
(01-14-2020 08:39 AM)Hokie Mark Wrote:  I respect that. Herschel was dominant (like Brown, only against better defenses). I'm basing a lot of my opinion on what the Walker and Sanders did in the NFL, against the very best defenders. Walker did ok, but Sanders was still dominant...

Herschel never had a proper NFL career, thanks to his stint in the USFL. He gained ungodly gobs of yardage there, and then when he came to the bad Cowboys teams of the late 80s, he was treated more as combined RB/WR than a straight runner, then later as a kick returner.

Still, despite that, he gained over 8,000 NFL rushing yards and caught over 500 passes. He also had over 5,000 kick return yards. All told he had almost 18,000 total yards in 12 NFL seasons.

Combined yards is not the same as rushing yards.

Compare Walker's 8,000 to Sanders 15,269 rushing yards.

Sanders rushed for 2,053 yards in the 1997 season alone - while playing for a team with basically nothing else on offense.

Sanders rushed for 1,500 or more yards 5 times, including 4 years in a row.

In 1997, he set an NFL record by rushing for at least 100 yards in 14 consecutive games and became only the third player to reach 2,000 yards in a single season.

The fact that he did all this on an otherwise bad Detroit Lions team just makes it that much more impressive.

I think you misunderstood. I wasn't comparing Walker to Sanders. Someone said Walker did "OK" in the NFL. Actually he was way better than just OK.

As for the topics of this thread, while Sanders had the single best season a college RB has ever had, and maybe the best season any player has ever had (Sanders 1988 vs Burrow 2019 is a good debate), he only had that one year whereas Herschel had 3 great years at UGA so should be higher than Sanders on a college football list.
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(01-14-2020 11:51 AM)quo vadis Wrote:  ...while Sanders had the single best season a college RB has ever had, and maybe the best season any player has ever had (Sanders 1988 vs Burrow 2019 is a good debate), he only had that one year whereas Herschel had 3 great years at UGA so should be higher than Sanders on a college football list.

Fair point.
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