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Discussion in 'NFL Football Forum' started by SammyBlueCat, Apr 7, 2019.

  1. PatsBoy12

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    And he did that kind of Houdini thing routinely. He didn't have the OL that Emmitt did.
     
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    First time I ever saw a RB run up to the line and run backwards before

    he scampered to the side. Most RB's turn around to change direction ... not Barry.
     
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    Seriously, who would you disagree with?

    There's only one other guy I could make an argument for, and it's not even really a good argument.

    Sanders' vision was the best I've ever seen. He was like a kick returner every time he got the ball. Elusiveness was near the top if not, right at the top, especially at the RB position. And his top-end speed had little peer in the league, even into his 30s.

    Also, he was healthy. He missed more than one game ONCE in his entire career (he missed 5 in 1993), and still ran for over 1100 yards.

    I've never seen another one like him. I've been told about Gayle Sayers, but he played for 5 minutes.
     
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    The end of his career, I had hoped he could go somewhere else and win a ring. Felt like he had that coming to him just for being as good as he was. Imagine him with the 49ers back then.
     
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    Lions wouldn't trade him. That's why he retired.
     
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    I could understand that. Why run like that for years and never get anywhere?
     
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    He put in a decade for that team, and the best QB he ever played with was Eric ****ing Kramer.
     
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    I hear you, Digital. However, that's only part of the story. For years Barry played with no QB, bad OL's and no real outside threats at WR until Herman Moore and Brett Perriman. This means opposing defenses were always free to key on him. He's all the Lions put out there for years. And I'll add that he did it mostly with no lead blocker. Barry was very frustrated by this at the time. I believe for a time even becoming slightly vocal about it, which was never his style.

    So where it may seem his style was "selfish," one would only need to look a little closer at some of the other aspects surrounding him at the time. Many feel the early retirement had more to do with his disdain with them and wanting to be set free, but the Lions were reportedly refusing to do so. I think Barry could have played in any "system." The Lions forcefully made him their system, not the other way around, IMO. Hopefully I'm not misremembering too much.
     
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    I mean, they didn't have a QB, and they didn't have WRs or an OL. What did you expect them to do differently?
     
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    I started out watching Jim Brown. I also enjoyed watching Gale Sayers during his brief career. Sanders was also a treat to watch.
     
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    It's very odd that as I was thinking back to great RB's for my post upstream I never even thought of him.
     
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    Well why would you? By any metric other than 'eye test', he wouldn't qualify for any sort of all-time lists.
     
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    Gale Sayers played in the NYFL twice as long as Bo Jackson but it definitely wasn't long enough.
     
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    And 6 TDs in a game > 2 bills and ending Brian Bosworth's career. You know, in terms of lists and numbers and rationality.
     
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    Gale Sayers if they had the medical technology at that time his career it would have been cut so short.
     
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    I just thought that it was odd that he didn't even come to mind.
     
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    So you're saying if he was a QB he'd be Aaron Rodgers? :cool:
     
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    Gale Sayers was like Bobbie Orr, so good that players on both sides of the ball/puck would be drawn into just spectating their displays of brilliance.
     
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    < Cough cough cough...> Umm ok...

    Look closely! He clearly implemented the methods of my forefathers.

    He was coached by me before I started coaching,
     
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    Best pure runningback to ever play the game. The only reason he had any negative yards was his offensive line and surrounding weapons were a joke.

    If Barry ran behind Emmitt's offensive line he would have rushed for 3000 yards in a season.
     
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