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Jim Brown
10
21.74%
Dick Butkus
0
0%
Ray Lewis
1
2.17%
Anthony Munoz
1
2.17%
Walter Payton
4
8.70%
Jerry Rice
18
39.13%
Barry Sanders
6
13.04%
Lawrence Taylor
3
6.52%
Reggie White
2
4.35%
Other
1
2.17%
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GOAT non-QB

Old 09-07-05, 05:26 PM
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GOAT non-QB

I feel like the top 5 or so NFL players should be QBs, so with Rice retiring, let's see where he ranks among non-QBs. I feel like it's tough to make the argument for a WR, since you have to call plays designed for him, where dominant players at most other positions force the other teams to call plays designed aginst them. I'd take the DE, so I'll take Reggie White. Here's my 9, Deion missed the cut since he was a so so tackler.
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I voted for Jerry Rice, but now I feel bad that Jim Brown only has 1 vote.
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First Down Freddy!!
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Walter!!!
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Going for a homer here ... Walter.
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Lawrence Taylor was hands-down the best football player of all time IMO.
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Jim Brown, and then a very large gap down to #2.

It's not even close.
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Voted for Barry Sanders, just barely over Walter Payton. I like them both for the same reason. They WERE the offense on their respective teams, saw stacked defenses pretty much their whole careers, and still managed to put up amazing numbers. If Barry had stuck around for a few more years, he would have owned the RB record books. Certainly the best I've seen.
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Jim Brown
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Rice. His records will never be touched. Others might have been greater over shorter periods, but Rice's greatness and longevity get my vote.
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Remember people, it's not all numbers.

How many of you put Dan Marino as the best QB of all time, despite the fact that he dominates the QB records more than Rice dominates the WR records?
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Well, as for numbers, if Jim Brown had kept playing rather than retire at the peak of his game, his numbers would be much higher too...

Rice is the greatest receiver of all time, of that there could be no legitimate argument. But I have a hard time saying any wide receiver is better than Sweetness or Jim Brown. And how do you compare a defensive player with an offensive one? Or a player as ferocious as LT, who may not have had Rice's work ethic or longevity but impacted the game of football in ways that Rice never did?
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Originally Posted by WildcatLH
How many of you put Dan Marino as the best QB of all time, despite the fact that he dominates the QB records more than Rice dominates the WR records?
The only reason I don't rank Marino at the best of all time is he has no rings.

Rice has the records and the championships.

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Originally Posted by WildcatLH
Remember people, it's not all numbers.

How many of you put Dan Marino as the best QB of all time, despite the fact that he dominates the QB records more than Rice dominates the WR records?
oh ok
well then can we vote based on potential?

if so, i want to change my vote to ryan leaf
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Originally Posted by WildcatLH
Jim Brown, and then a very large gap down to #2.

It's not even close.
I agree
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btw.. Im a huge Walter Payton fan
but he is only the 3rd or 4th greatest running back.. Its hard to even consider him for this list.
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Which one of these players changed the game, forced the opponent to construct an entirely new scheme, forced the other teams to look for players that could do the same thing, revolutionized their position? Is that a legitimate criteria?

Under that criteria, LT wins hands down.

But I still voted for Jim Brown.
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Originally Posted by LurkerDan
Which one of these players changed the game, forced the opponent to construct an entirely new scheme, forced the other teams to look for players that could do the same thing, revolutionized their position? Is that a legitimate criteria?
Thurmon Thomas?
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Originally Posted by WildcatLH
Remember people, it's not all numbers.

How many of you put Dan Marino as the best QB of all time, despite the fact that he dominates the QB records more than Rice dominates the WR records?
I do, more for all the 2 minute drills I watched as opposed to numbers. But I voted for Reggie White because he's the guy I'd want on my team, to not worry about DE or pressuring the QB for 15 years.
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For my money, it's Anthony Munoz. Sure, Brown and Rice and Payton and all were great players... no question. But none of them defined their position the way Munoz defined Offensive Tackle. Nobody.
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I'd say Brown defined the RB position better than anyone had before him.

Jim Brown, actually, probably holds the rare distinction of being the greatest player of all time in two different sports (he was arguably a better lacrosse player than he was a football player).

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