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Old 08-25-2010, 04:11 PM   #1
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The Five Best You've Ever Seen (WR, RB, QB) (Don't Include Redskins)

Playing off the Top 32 All-Time WR Thread, let's do our own list.

Here are the groundrules: 1.) No Redskins can be on your list (to avoid homerism, for you fans of other teams-Sandtrap,Giantone-no Cowboys/Giants respectively) 2.) Has to be someone you actually saw play, whether at the game and/or on television. I know Jim Brown was awesome but I never saw him play so he doesn't make my list 3.) Order is not important, just the top 5 overall

Quarterback

1. Joe Montana
2. John Elway
3. Tom Brady
4. Peyton Manning
5. Neil Lomax

Running Back

1. Barry Sanders
2. Walter Payton
3. Roger Craig
4. Eric Dickerson
5. Bo Jackson

Wide Receiver

1. Jerry Rice
2. Randy Moss
3. Jimmy Smith
4. Terrell Owens
5. Roy Green
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Old 08-25-2010, 04:24 PM   #2
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Quarterback:

Roger Staubach
Terry Bradshaw
Joe Montana
Dan Marino
Peyton Manning

Running Back:

Eric 'The Great' Dickerson
Walter Payton
Earl Campbell
Barry Sanders
Adrian Peterson

Wide receiver:

Jerry Rice
John Jefferson
Dwight Clark
Charlie Joyner
Randy Moss
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re: The Five Best You've Ever Seen (WR, RB, QB) (Don't Include Redskins)

QB:
1. Montana
2. Peyton Manning
3. Marino
4. Brady
5. Favre / Elway (tie)

RB:
1. Payton
2. Emmitt
3. Earl Campbell
4. Sanders
5. Simpson

WR:
1. Rice
2. Moss
3. Harrison
4. Tim Brown
5. T.O.

Cool thread. I believe Montana was the greatest football player of all time, and clearly my top QB. In the Emmitt / Barry debate, I'm probably in the minority, but I would take Emmitt every time since Barry often put his offense in a lot of 3-and-outs by losing 5 yards on first down dancing for the home run, whereas Emmitt would turn a 1 yard play into 3-4 yards by running much more decisively. Payton was probably a better blocker and receiver than both, so I give him the nod as the best RB that I saw. Rice is peerless at WR.
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QB:
John Unitas
Joe Montana
Dan Marino
Peyton Manning
Tom Brady

RB:
Barry Sanders
Eric Dickerson
OJ Simpson
Earl Campbell
Walter Payton

WR:
Jerry Rice
Randy Moss
John Jefferson
Marvin Harrison
Paul Warfield
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QB:
1. Montana
2. Peyton Manning
3. Marino
4. John Elway
5. Sammy Baugh

RB:
1. Walter Payton
2. Emmitt Smith
3. Barrry Sanders
4. Jim Brown
5. John Riggins

WR:
1. Jerry Rice
2. Art Monk
3. Randy Moss
4. Marvin Harrison
5. Dwight Clark
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Old 08-25-2010, 04:47 PM   #6
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QB:
1. Montana
2. Peyton Manning
3. Marino
4. John Elway
5. Sammy Baugh

RB:
1. Walter Payton
2. Emmitt Smith
3. Barrry Sanders
4. Jim Brown
5. John Riggins

WR:
1. Jerry Rice
2. Art Monk
3. Randy Moss
4. Marvin Harrison
5. Dwight Clark
You got to see Sammy Baugh play? That's awesome. Tell us all about it
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QB:
1. Manning
2. Montana
3. Brady
4. Elway
5. Marino

RB:
1. Berry Sanders
2. Walter Payton
3. Earl Campbell
4. Bo Jackson
5. Emmitt Smith

WR:
1. Rice
2. Moss
3. Harrison
4. Terrell Owens
5. Andre Reed
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Quarter Backs:

Brett Favre
Peyton Manning
John Elway
Tom Brady
Dan "The Man" Marino

Running Backs:

E.Smith
L. Tomlinson
M. Faulk
C. Martin
B. Sanders ( Soon to be Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson)

Wide Receivers

Jerry Rice
Randy Moss
Andre Reed
T.O
Cris Carter

I'm only 23 lol
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Bo only played part time and for a few years but he can't be denied he as simply amazing.
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re: The Five Best You've Ever Seen (WR, RB, QB) (Don't Include Redskins)

Quarterback - No Order

1. Joe Montana
2. John Elway
3. Steve Young
4. Peyton Manning
5. Dan Marino

Running Back - No Order

1. Earl Campbell
2. Walter Payton
3. O.J. Simpson
4. Eric Dickerson
5. Barry Sanders

L. Tomlinson is #6

Wide Receiver - No Order

1. Jerry Rice
2. Randy Moss
3. Steve Largent
4. Marvin Harrison
5. Issac Bruce
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Old 08-25-2010, 05:39 PM   #11
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I was born in 1973 and became a Redskins when I was 4 years old.
So I will go only by who I saw or watched or remember since 1977.
Except I will go in order of who I believed to be the best at that time.

QB's
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#1)Joe Montana=Greatest QB I ever saw...It's just that simple and without hesitation.
#2)John Elway=You guys truly need to DVR the Chiefs @ Broncos Oct. 17th 1994 matchup to really appreciate both Elway and Montana.Some say Elway was the greatest...This game proved who was imo...None-the-less,Elway is a legend.
#3)Peyton Manning=A true general on the field. Probably the Marino of his era,except he won the big game.
#4)Tom Brady=Can't stand him..but even with bias...or excuse of scheme or whatever excuse a man can make or hatred he has for the cheating pats,he has to be on this list unfortunately.
#5)Steve Young=Very intellegent and tough player of his own.very underated with compared to scrambling QB's imo...Imagine a young Michael Vick with smarts and awesome passing accuracy,but not quite as fast....Exactly..lol

RB's
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#1)Walter Payton=You know a player is good,when even Cowboy fans admit Smith wasn't better than "sweetness".This guy has it all...speed,durability,strength..you name it?
#2)Earl Campbell=Ever tried to tackle a tree?Ever tried to tackle 2 tree's? Well,that was Earl Campbell. Imagine trying to tackle a tough and fast RB with tree trunks for legs?People would rip his jersey off as he ran with the ball and he...kept...on...going!
Unforunately,I was very young when I watched him,but it's branded into my brain of him rolling through pins as the bowling ball.
#3)Barry Sanders=Probably the most dangerous RB I ever saw. hahah..lol You thought people had to completely focus on Brian Westbrook when he got the ball for the eagles when younger? If that scared you to death,then you never saw Barry Sanders.
#4)Terrell Davis=I personally don't think a player should ever be in the HOF unless they have success + longevity. But that's just my opinion. But if I ever had to vote for someone to get in based on just success, no matter how long they played? Davis would be on my list. Some say Elway doesn't get his 2 rings without Davis. Either way,you can't deny the fact that Davis was a true beast at RB no matter the Shanahan Scheme
#5).Bo Jackson=Same as Davis on the success + longevity thing. I have no doubt in my mind that had he had a long career,he would be discussed as the greatest RB ever..no doubt.The guy was a freak at the RB position. Much like Sean Taylor was at the safety position imo as both players careers were cut short...(Yes,I have no doubt in my mind,that had Sean Taylor played for a long time,he would be considered not just a HOFer,but the best at his position as well) same opinion from me on Bo Jackson as well.

WR's
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Quarterback:

Roger Staubach
Terry Bradshaw
Joe Montana
Dan Marino
Peyton Manning

Running Back:

Eric 'The Great' Dickerson
Walter Payton
Earl Campbell
Barry Sanders
Adrian Peterson

Wide receiver:

Jerry Rice
John Jefferson
Dwight Clark
Charlie Joyner
Randy Moss
Nice list ... I thought i was the only one to mention J. Jefferson ...... had he stayed in SD , I think he would have a bust in Canton .
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Old 08-25-2010, 06:14 PM   #13
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QB ) Montana Elway Staubach Marino , RB Payton Campbell Emmit Bo Jackson WR Rice J.Jefferson Art Monk Largent R.Moss < too many could be on this list .... nice thread SS .
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Quarterbacks:

Johnny Unitas
Bart Starr
Otto Graham
Dan Marino
Joe Montana

Running Backs:

Jim Brown
Emmitt Smith
Walter Payton
Gale Sayers
O J Simpson

Wide Receivers:

Lance Alworth
Jerry Rice
Lynn Swann
Drew Pearson
Paul Warfield

SS it's not fair you limited me to just five. There's more. j/k
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re: The Five Best You've Ever Seen (WR, RB, QB) (Don't Include Redskins)

QB:

Marino
Manning
Montana
Brady
Young

RB:

B. Sanders
LT
M. Faulk
E. Smith
I'd go with Dickerson because I do remember him playing but don't remember him that much so I'll go Curtis Martin with an honorable mention to umm.. maybe Jerome Bettis if you axe the last few years

Wide Receivers:

Rice
Moss
C. Carter
T. Brown
M. Harrison

really hard to pick the WRs.. could've put on Lofton, Bruce, Holt, T.O., Reed, etc
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