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Old 01-03-2006, 11:15 PM   #1
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Will Portis Be the Greatest Ever?

Some interesting Portis vs. Emmitt stats here

Number of rushing yards gained by Washington running back Clinton Portis after his first four NFL seasons: 5,930 yards.

Number of rushing yards gained by the NFL's all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith after his first four NFL seasons: 5,699 yards.

Number of more carries that Portis has than Smith at this point of their careers: None. Despite having 231 more career yards after four seasons, Portis has four less carries.
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Old 01-03-2006, 11:29 PM   #2
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Re: Will Portis Be the Greatest Ever?

Kinda early to speculate but after this season and the way the O-line played it wouldn;t surprise me although it would take a long time.
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Old 01-03-2006, 11:32 PM   #3
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Re: Will Portis Be the Greatest Ever?

portis will have to play a long time, so it is hard to speculate. he may not want to play until he is 35 or whatever emmit was
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Re: Will Portis Be the Greatest Ever?

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portis will have to play a long time, so it is hard to speculate. he may not want to play until he is 35 or whatever emmit was
Only time will tell...
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Old 01-03-2006, 11:57 PM   #5
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Re: Will Portis Be the Greatest Ever?

All I have to say is he'll be really up there once he retires...in 6 more years he could have 15 thousand yards. Also note that he has 41 more yards than LaDainian Tomlinson has in his first 4 season.
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All I have to say is he'll be really up there once he retires...in 6 more years he could have 15 thousand yards. Also note that he has 41 more yards than LaDainian Tomlinson has in his first 4 season.
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Old 01-04-2006, 03:11 AM   #7
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Re: Will Portis Be the Greatest Ever?

Yea we still have a long time to go until we find out, but those are some interesting stats.
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Old 01-04-2006, 03:28 AM   #8
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Re: Will Portis Be the Greatest Ever?

Also, barring any kind of serious injury to Portis I do think that he can accomplish this feat!!!
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Old 01-04-2006, 04:10 AM   #9
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Re: Will Portis Be the Greatest Ever?

its not all up to portis. Dallas was Winning for most of Emmitts run and they had an awesome Oline.

The only way portis or any other back is going to break that record is by being on "dynasty".
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its not all up to portis. Dallas was Winning for most of Emmitts run and they had an awesome Oline.

The only way portis or any other back is going to break that record is by being on "dynasty".
I would have to disagree with that, I mean look at Larry Johnson for KC, he only started 9 games this year and he amassed over 1700 yards. I do think that KC has one of the best O-lines but by no means are they a "dynasty." I think that Portis has a leigit shot at the record along with LT and Johnson. And none of them are on what anyone would call a "dynasty" team.
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portis will have to play a long time, so it is hard to speculate. he may not want to play until he is 35 or whatever emmit was
Yea who knows how long he will play. On a side note Big C, I noticed you go to VA Tech brother...I attend UVA, GO HOOS GO! Hey atleast we have one thing in common.
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Old 01-04-2006, 05:26 AM   #12
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Re: Will Portis Be the Greatest Ever?

What i meant by "Dynasty" was that the cowboys were in superbowl/playoff contention for more than half of Emmitts career.
KC does have a good line. if Larry is going to be in the 10k+ career yards group, he is going to need that group of guys to stay together for more than half his career.

larry has had a great season, but if he was on the 49ers, he wouldnt have broken the 1200 yard mark in the full season. but thats just my opinion.
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Old 01-04-2006, 08:33 AM   #13
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Re: Will Portis Be the Greatest Ever?

I remember hearing Portis say during pre-season (if memory serves correctly) he's not interested in playing that long. As long as Emmitt, that is.

The way he runs and blocks, I'm not sure he would last that long.
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Re: Will Portis Be the Greatest Ever?

Very interesting stats - looks like Portis is in excellent company for his first four years.

I think it's pretty hard to speculate about him keeping up the pace and beating someone like Smith. RB is the most physically demanding, physically punishing position on the field and they don't usually last long. Look at guys like Priest Holmes or Terrel Davis, just taking a beating. It's pretty rare for a RB to keep up that level of production for long, let alone until his late 30s / early 40s.

I think Portis is one hell of a tough guy - he takes a beating every week and keeps on going. It's really a matter of how long his body can take the punishment more than anything else.

If defenders would stop horse-collaring him (it's a damn horse-collar, under the pads or not!) he'd probably have a much better shot.
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Old 01-04-2006, 06:48 PM   #15
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Re: Will Portis Be the Greatest Ever?

I would like to see him hold that long if it's in a skins uni, but I honestly just don't see it happening. But also didn't Portis come out of college a couple years younger than Emmit did when he left? Plus as much as I love our o-linemen and I hate to admit something positive about the cowpies, that line that blocked for Smith was one of the best offensive lines of all time and I still believe he gets more credit than he deserves for the record.
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