Top 11 CF Players of All-Time

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  1. Horn87

    Horn87 1,000+ Posts

    11) Staubach
    8) Barry Sanders
    7) Tyler Rose :hookem:
    3) Bo
    1) Jim Brown
    among notables
    guess the dirt burglars to the north disappointed cuz no swooners in that list
    and what's up with Earl?? friends asked if he was stoned...:headbang:
  2. pluckeye

    pluckeye 250+ Posts

    Who knows about Earl. Give him a break; he's earned it. I know at one point he was pretty public about having a lot of anxiety.
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  3. n64ra

    n64ra 500+ Posts

    A list of 11 items, but you only list 6? Aren't all 11 notable?
  4. Statalyzer

    Statalyzer 10,000+ Posts

    Was this this a list of "Roger and the Top 10 Running Backs"?
  5. Horn87

    Horn87 1,000+ Posts

    Butkus, Red Grange, Jim Thorpe, Archie Griffin, Gayle Sayers---think that's the other five, don't remember the order though--sorry
  6. theiioftx

    theiioftx 2,500+ Posts

    Any list that does not include Ricky, Colt, Vince, or Johnson as top 50 has no merit.
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  7. I_Dont_Exist

    I_Dont_Exist 1,000+ Posts

    I've several problems with the list most notably Archie Griffin at 4. No problem with his Heisman in '74 but the second in '75 was a joke. RB's Ricky Bell (USC) and Chuck Muncie (Cal) were far more deserving. Dorsett broke his record and won a Heisman and was 17. You could switch them and be more accurate.

    Was happy to see a representative on defense in Butkus although college wise he was just before my time.

    Jim Brown and Sayers were two of my first football heroes as pro's. Don't know their numbers in college justify their ranks.
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  8. RainH2burntO

    RainH2burntO 1,000+ Posts

    I'm always impressed by your historical football knowledge
  9. Sangre Naranjada

    Sangre Naranjada Liquor Man

    Agreed, because Ricky and Vince were both better in college than Earl.

    I know, it's blasphemy, but I said it anyway.
  10. Austin_Bill

    Austin_Bill 1,000+ Posts

    I disregarded the list when I saw Adrian Peterson listed above Vince Young. Peterson had one great season, his freshmen year, and he was injured the rest. The list was nothing more than click bait.
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  11. Horns11

    Horns11 5,000+ Posts

    That many backs is a load of *********. "Man run fast and got hit lots" is just lazy criteria. There are so many linemen that are/were more dominant than many on that list, and yes, that includes Earl, who basically had 2 good seasons.
  12. kbrown

    kbrown 500+ Posts

    Roger Staubach?????
  13. wadster

    wadster 5,000+ Posts

    Barry Sanders should be #1. 2600 yds and 44 tds. Back before hurry up.
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  14. Seattle Husker

    Seattle Husker 10,000+ Posts

    The greatest ever. That season will never be touched be any RB, ever.
  15. bystander

    bystander 5,000+ Posts

    It's kind of hard to believe Vince is not in the top ten. He DOMINATED the opposition. He won a National Championship. He was unstoppable against USC. It's ridiculous.

    I would say Michael Vick could arguably be on that list. I remember distinctly him running through the Florida State secondary at will. The FSU players all were shaking his hand after the game. It was clear that he was amazing because FSU's defense had speed all day long.

    Another great would be Deion Sanders.

    I'm not sure what the criteria was but they had some holes in it.

    And if I do recall, THE University of Texas kept the amazing Roger Staubach in check.
  16. Statalyzer

    Statalyzer 10,000+ Posts

    And remember with today's scheduling he'd have gotten an extra regular season game, possibly a CCG, and the bowl game would have counted in stats. Would have easily gotten 3000 rushing yards and 3500 wouldn't have been completely out of the question.
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  17. I_Dont_Exist

    I_Dont_Exist 1,000+ Posts

    Sanders had the greatest season no question but it was still only one year. Just my opinion but 9th is way high for him.
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  18. VYFan

    VYFan 2,500+ Posts

    Well he couldn’t beat out that joe nobody in front of him for three years....
  19. I_Dont_Exist

    I_Dont_Exist 1,000+ Posts

    I'm award he sar for 2 years behind Thurman Thomas. Doesn't change the fact only had 1 great year. Decision can't be based on what might have been.
  20. VYFan

    VYFan 2,500+ Posts

    I actually agree with you; just making conversation....
  21. LousianaHorn

    LousianaHorn 1,000+ Posts

    Blasphemy.............Earl ran wishbone fullback on less than stellar Longhorn teams from from was Ricky better than Earl? Earl basically carried the 77 team to within 1 win of a Natty..........Ricky and Vince played on much better teams.
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  22. Sangre Naranjada

    Sangre Naranjada Liquor Man

    Higher career YPC (6.2 to 5.8), 2000+ more career yards rushing, 3000+ more career yards from scrimmage, two seasons with many more rushing yards than Earl put up in his best year, not as much raw power yet not lacking in that department. Ricky was a significantly better and more dangerous receiver (career - 98 receptions to 6 and 988 yards receiving to 128)

    I have no problems saying Ricky had the better collegiate career. That does not diminish in any way all that Earl achieved, his legendary status in the annals of Texas Football history, or any other accolades he earned while here.
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  23. Horn87

    Horn87 1,000+ Posts

    Ricky's qb's JB and Major were much better than anyone that handed off to Earl-- could any of those in front of Earl THROW the ball??
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  24. LousianaHorn

    LousianaHorn 1,000+ Posts

    No, we were down to 4th string QB........thats why I think what Earl did his senior season transcends what Ricky did on much better offensive squads.........teams knew Earl was going to get the ball and he still did over 1700 yds.
  25. Sangre Naranjada

    Sangre Naranjada Liquor Man

    Fred Akers most definitely used Earl the right way - slimmed down as a tailback instead of as a fullback. But let's not forget Ricky played fullback in Mackovic's scheme his first two seasons as well. Granted, Mackovic used the fullback in wildly more creative ways than Earl was used, but the point is, Ricky split carries with Shon Mitchell and didn't become "the man" until his Jr season, which is when he first blew up the stat book.
  26. VYFan

    VYFan 2,500+ Posts

    I hope we are sitting around in a few years comparing Bijan Robinson’s career to these two
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  27. Ajo Macho

    Ajo Macho 250+ Posts

    Like Barry Sanders, Earl and Vince both had only one truly great year. If you knock Barry for only having one great season, you gotta do the same for Vince and Earl (and quite a few more players).

    It's an interesting argument though: To determine the greatest, do you compare them only when they were at their best? Does that mean best season, best game, or best single moment? Or do you compare their entire body of work? Should lackluster freshman and sophomore seasons count against someone? Should leaving early for the NFL?

    In some cases, a player may have only been a starter for 1-2 years, which supposedly wouldn't be fair. But if they're the greatest ever, why were they on the bench?
  28. wadster

    wadster 5,000+ Posts

    As to on the bench. Because sometimes coaches are STUPID. Shon Mitchel started over Ricky at TB for 2 friggin years. Earl was a FB for 2 years. Sometimes coaches just don't get it right. Barry came after a hall of famer. Hard to bench a future hall of famer for a guy that hasn't done it YET. It doesn't always mean the player behind is always worse. Just ask Georgia who they'd rather have at QB now. They went with Fromm because that was the comfort move. Was it the right move, hell no. Coaches don't always get it right.

    The 3 best RBs I've ever seen play at the NFL level are OJ, Barry, and Dickerson. In college Dickerson split carries, Barry only started one year. OJ only started 2. Does that change how good they were? Not IMHO.

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