vcczar Posted September 27, 2022 Share Posted September 27, 2022 Here's my algorithmic list of the top 25 RBs. The best active RB is Derrick Henry who is #3. No QB makes the top 100, but there are a few QBs that got rusher points. Michael Vick got the closest to making the top 100 as he led the league in average yards per carry 5 times. Overall, the clear winner is Jim Brown. Van Buren is the first modern RB in the sense of someone routinely having 1,000+ yard 10+ TD seasons. Terrell Davis makes the list at #7 despite having an astonishing short career. Peterson is the greatest of recent RBs. Campbell also had a short career and makes #9. Tomlinson's #12 ranking is the most surprising to me, he might get bumped up if he earns in receiving points on my next list. Dutch Clark at #13 is from the 1930s and is the best of that decade. The Cleveland Browns are the only team that have a top 3 QB from my other list (Otto Graham) and a top three RB (Jim Brown). I can't imagine them having played at the same time on the same team. The one issue with my algorithm is that long-serving RBs who were never in the top three in any rushing state, never got to the SB or pre-SB championship, and never won a major award gets zero points. For this reason, Edgerrin James is like #75 or something. Jerome Bettis also isn't in the top #50. Frank Gore has like a 2 under that "total career" despiting having rushed for 15,000 yards (albeit quietly). Warrick Dunn, who has about 10,000 rushing yards, scored zero points. I'll do Receiving next. Rank Total Career Brown, Jim 1 82 Smith, E 2 51 Sanders, B 3 50 Van Buren 4 41 Payton 5 41 Simpson 6 41 Davis, T 7 38 Peterson 8 38 Campbell, E 9 37 Dickerson 10 37 Faulk, M 11 35 Tomlinson 12 34 Clark, D 13 33 Taylor, Jim 14 32 Allen, Marcus 15 28 Moore, L 16 27 Thomas, Th 17 26 Kelly, Leroy 18 26 Perry, Joe 19 25 Battles 20 23 Harris, F 21 22 Motley 22 22 Alexander, Sh 23 22 Sayers 24 21 Gilchrist 25 21 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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