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Thursday, February 03, 2005

Where Does Emmitt Rank?

That's a popular question now that the great running back has announced his retirement.

My opinion is simple, forget how he looked in his last three years and remember a small, deceptively quick back with an inordinate amount of injuries. He was a great closer, a player the Cowboys could rely on to hold small leads. Rarely fumbled, but was the recepient of several walk-in touchdowns thanks to Michael Irvin's failure to get the extra yard.

So where does Emmitt stand. Well he's behind Jim Brown and Walter Payton without a doubt. O.J. Simpson is probably the most talented running back in league history, but Emmitt had a stronger work ethic. Gale Sayers was the original human highlight reel and Barry Sanders took his throne.

So I'd put Emmitt at five all-time, ahead of Sayers and barely behind O.J. Emmitt has earned the right to be place with the elite. Detractors say he's run behind some of the best lines in league history (they are correct) but he's been among the best at every level.

Posted by TPrincess 7:07 PM ||
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