Walter Payton, Jim Brown, Earl Campbell. They're some of the greatest running backs of all-time. But the fact is... they don't crack my top 5. In fact, they don't even get an honorable mention.
It's simple... they were a little before my time. Sure, I've seen highlight films that make me appreciate what they've brought to the sport. However, my list only includes players I've followed since I became a NFL fanatic back in the early 80's.
So let's start things off with three backs who just missed the list:
The Nigerian Nightmare and Beast Mode himself. Anyone else appreciate a quality power back?
Alright... my top 5:
#5 Shaun Alexander
Alexander holds nearly every Seahawks single and career franchise rushing record. During his eight seasons with the Hawks, the team went to the playoffs five times and had a 69-54 record.
#4 Eric Dickerson
The guy rushed for 2,105 yards in his second season and wore goggles like Kareem. Heck yeah, I thought Dickerson was cool.
#3 Barry Sanders
No doubt... the best running back I've ever watched. He's seriously in a league of his own.
#2 Bo Jackson
Fuji knows Bo, because Bo single-handedly destroyed my favorite team on Monday Night Football during his rookie season. It was one of the greatest performances I've had the (dis)pleasure of witnessing. He left me no choice, but to bow down and idolize him. Bo = Beast.
#1 Curt Warner
Surprised? Let me explain. As a kid, he was my favorite running back on my favorite team. Sentimental pick? No doubt. And it's quite possible that he'll still be my number one in twenty years too.
Okay... it's your turn.
Who are your five favorite running backs?
Remember... they don't necessarily have to be the five greatest running backs of all-time. Although I'd love to hear those responses too.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and sayonara!