After Jim Brown, best-ever RB debate gets interesting
ESPN.com assembled a panel of eight great football minds to determine the 10 best running backs of all time, and there's not much debate over who's No. 1, Pat Yasinskas writes.
It started with eight great football minds and seemingly a simple request.
Rank the 10 best running backs in NFL history.
By the time all was said and done, Don Shula, Marv Levy, Dan Reeves, Robert Smith, Jerry Richardson, Floyd Reese, Jack Bushofsky and Emmitt Thomas had thrown around nearly four dozen names, debated the merits of runners who had seemed flawless when they entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame and helped pare a list to include only the most elite of ...
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BEST RUNNING BACKS
In Part 1 of a two-part report, Scouts Inc. ranks the NFL's top 64 running backs. In Part 2, ESPN.com ranks the top 10 RBs of all time. In the first two presentations of this occasional series, ESPN.com ranked the all-time best QBs in February and the all-time best wide receivers in March.
HOT READ PART 2: All-time best RBs• DISCUSS
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• Yasinskas: Three greats who retired early
• SportsNation: Rank the top 10 all-time backs
• Zoom Gallery: From Brown to Dickerson
• Watch: NFL Live debates best ever
HOT READ PART 1: Today's best RBs• DISCUSS
• Scouts rankings: 1-20 | 21-40 | 41-64
• Clayton: Current pool of HOF-caliber RBs
• Hashmarks: Debating the list
• Football Today podcast: Peterson No. 2?
• Watch: NFL Live on who got the shaft
• SportsNation: Rank your top 20
• Zoom Gallery top 10: LT to Lynch
• Todd McShay: Ranking top 10 in college
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• Chadiha: Five RBs with a lot to prove in '08
• Green: '08 best and worst RB duos
BEST WIDE RECEIVERS OF ALL TIME• Sando: Jerry Rice is No. 1, but who's next?
• Zoom Gallery: Top 10 receivers of all time
• Sando: Who is Don Hutson?
• SportsNation: Wide receiver quiz
• SportsNation: Rank the all-time best
• Luksa: Bob Hayes an overlooked great
• Scouts: Ranking top receivers 1-64
BEST QUARTERBACKS OF ALL TIME• Sando: Brady not best yet, but time on his side
• ZOOM gallery: Top 10 QBs of all time
• Chadiha: Ranking the best QBs by decade
• Best QBs by jersey numbers
• Scouts Inc.: Ranking the top 64 QBs of today
• SportsNation: Rank the greatest QBs | Vote
• Super Bowls: Ranking every QB's performance