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10 greatest players of all-time?

Discussion in 'NFL Zone' started by The30YardSlant, Jun 10, 2005.

  1. The30YardSlant

    The30YardSlant Benched

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    Who are your 10 greatest players of All-Time, in no particular order:

    Jerry Rice
    John Elway
    Lawrence Taylor
    Emmitt Smith
    Barry Sanders
    Walter Payton
    Reggie White
    Dan Marino
    Deion Sanders
    Joe Montana
  2. dargonking999

    dargonking999 DKRandom

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    cowboys:D onyl cowboys
  3. Juke99

    Juke99 ...Abbey someone

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    Jim Brown has to be in that list. :)
  4. The30YardSlant

    The30YardSlant Benched

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    IMO, Jim Brown's stats were inflated because of the era he played in. Defenses were much slower then, not as many athletes, and Brown was simply superior to everyone else on the field. However, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, and Emmitt Smith would have had insane numbers, likely over 20,000-25,000 yards had they played then.
  5. Nors

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    Jim Brown
    Jerry Rice
    LT
    Reggie White
    Emmitt Smith
    John Elway
    Ronnie Lott
    Munoz
    Joe Montana
    Deion Sanders
  6. Juke99

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    So you're gonna penalize the guy for being a freak of nature? You can only compare him to others in his era.

    He was bigger than some defensive linemen...and faster than WR's...

    He would be the equivalent of a 270lb running back who runs a 4.4 today.

    Your list doesn't have anyone who dates back much further than the late 80's.

    Deacon Jones...Bob Lilly...John Unitas...Bart Starr...Otto Graham...Dick Butkus...all greats.
  7. Nors

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    OP patrol -

    Inflated how? He ran for over what 12,000 yards in 8/9 seasons playing 12 game seasons. If Brown had played 16 game seasons he'd have 18,000 yards and the guys you referenced played 12 game seasons stats would be reduced 25%.

    Brown's YPG were unparalled. He was a beast amongst boys. One could argue in the 60's there was a higher talent pool versus todays 30+ team league.
  8. The30YardSlant

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    Im not penalizing him, Im simply saying that those on the list were more talented players than him. And Bart Starr was a bus driver on a very great team, but Ive never understood why hes considered one of the greatest ever. Yes, he won more titles than any QB in the modern era, but he also had arguably the best team ever around him.
  9. The30YardSlant

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    No, you cant argue that. Todays players are undeniably faster, stronger, and more athletic than players were then. Yes, he was a beast amongst boys, THEN. He wouldnt be had he played in the same league the other guys did. He would have been great yes, but he wouldnt have averaged 150 YPG or whatever number it was. But come on, if Barry Sanders had been running in the 60s with his 4.25 speed, with defenders not running anything close to that like they do now, he would have scored on every play.
  10. Juke99

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  11. Nors

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    Brown is hands down greatest football player ever. Dominated his sport in his era totally.
  12. Juke99

    Juke99 ...Abbey someone

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    On the Nosey.

    You won't find any poll, anywhere, that doesn't have Brown as the greatest player ever.
  13. lane

    lane The Chairman

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    heavy, i'll give you a list of 10 players who i've had the pleasure of seeing play in my 30 years of watching football. there is a hell of alot of great players that have played this game like jim brown, butkus, merle olsen, sammy baugh etc. that i never got to see but were greats in their era.

    10 great players i enjoyed watching were:

    1. john elway
    2. emmitt smith
    3. jack lambert
    4. randy white
    5. joe montana
    6. curtis martin
    7. earl campbell
    8. lawrence taylor
    9. jerry rice
    10. walter payton

    heavy, there is so many....................
  14. Nors

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    some old school names

    Deacon Jones
    Gayle Sayers
    Bart Starr
    Night Train Lane
    Butkus

    Some modern day players that may be there someday

    Brady
    Lewis
    Moss
    Tomlinson
    Manning
  15. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    To make a list of the top 10 NFL players ever and not include Brown completely discredits the list.
  16. lane

    lane The Chairman

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    i can name 3 players that had they not been injured would be in the top 10:

    billy sims
    gale sayers
    bo jackson
  17. Fletch

    Fletch To The Moon

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    Jim Brown
    Walter Payton
    Joe Montana
    Jerry Rice
    Roger Staubach
    Barry Sanders
    Emmitt Smith
    Johnny Unitas
    Sammy Baugh
    Lawrence Taylor
  18. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    I want to do my list without looking at anyone else's. Mine will be very different. I'm looking at guys who revolutionized the game or the gap to 2nd best at their position is a long gap.

    1. Jerry Rice
    2. Lawrence Taylor
    3. Jim Brown
    4. Ronnie Lott
    5. Johnny Unitas
    6. Larry Allen
    7. Reggie White
    8. Walter Payton
    9. Dick Butkus
    10. Deion Sanders
  19. lane

    lane The Chairman

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    Billy Sims stats in 60 games played from 1980- 1984 before his knee was torn to pieces:

    rushing att. 1131
    yards: 5106
    avg. 4.5
    td. 42

    rec. 186
    yards. 2072
    td. 5

    that is sick!
  20. blindzebra

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    You know the problem with your argument?

    If you put Brown in today's game he'd have the benefit of the training and nutritional improvements that today's players have.

    By the same token put today's players in the 50's and they can't train year a round, because they'd have to work in the offseason, they won't be lifting weights or eating the same way.

    Great football players are great period, and Jim Brown is without a doubt the best football player EVER, and it's not even close.

    To not have him in your top ten is ridiculous, and screams of a total lack of football knowledge.

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