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Tony Dorsett: 5'11", 192 lbsDorsett was great for his time, but this thread is a perfect example of people overrating players from the past. Dorsett was small, he would've been a part time player in today's league at his size
Add Gale Sayers to that particular what if. Maybe not in terms of raw yardage but potential legendary runs that would have filled highlight reels forever.If ACL reconstruction was back then what it is today, he would have put the rushing record so far out of reach even Emmitt wouldn't have been able to sniff it.
I cant help but wonder how Zeke and Murray would have ran behind that massive OL in the 90s es22 got to run behind in run first era..zekes 3rd all time nOW bet hes higher.,.hmmI have been watching lots of videos as well as full games from my uncles collection of 70's 80's cowboys.
I can't help but wonder what Dorsett would of been like in today's game, I honestly believe he would be even better in today's open game. This guy was shifty and smooth!!!! Hits top speed in a instant!!
I also never knew how tough of a runner he was!! Amazing back. Those who saw his career first hand... who would you compare him to today?
I recall that as well. The strange thing is he got his carries. When he retired he was third all-time in rushing attempts with 2936 attempts just behind Franco Harris(2949 attempts) and Walter Payton(3838 attempts). TD finished second all-time in touches with 3334 behind Payton with 4330. He is still currently ranked 13th all-time in rushing attempts and touches. The man held up.Many said, that Dorsett would have had many more yards if Landry would have ran him more. But Landry didn't think he could hold up with a bigger work load.
I like the optimism, but the reality was Dorsett probably would have barely gained another 1000 yards or so had he received the best ACL reconstruction possible by today's standards. He was 35 years old when he tore up his knee in training camp of the 1989 season. Sit out that season and come back as a part-time player for a couple of more seasons at most.If ACL reconstruction was back then what it is today, he would have put the rushing record so far out of reach even Emmitt wouldn't have been able to sniff it.