Brown, Sayers and Sanders ended careers early

For three of ESPN.com's top 10 RBs of all time -- Jim Brown, Gale Sayers and Barry Sanders -- their careers ended earlier than many expected.

Originally Published: June 5, 2008
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com

Gale Sayers and Jim Brown retired before their 30th birthdays. Barry Sanders, who retired days after his 31st birthday, was right behind them.

The premature ends to their NFL careers didn't stop any of the three from making ESPN.com's list of the top 10 running backs in history. Brown topped the list, Sanders was No. 2 and Sayers ranked fifth.

"You think about those three and wonder where all the records would be if they had played well into their 30s," said ...

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