Tuesday, December 19, 2006

LT is the Best [David Stefanini]

What else is their left to say? It seems every time LT touches the ball recently there is a new record he is breaking. Whenever you start breaking records at this rate the question of all-time greatness can be asked? With that said where does LT rank among the best of all time? In my opinion he is the best player in the league by a mile, but all time RB's he has 3 guys in front of him.

1) Barry Sanders

2) Jim Brown

3) Walter Payton

Barry Sanders had no offensive line in front of him, no QB behind him, and no defense to get him the ball. With that said he was the most explosive runner of all time. To try to tackle him was a complete mystery. He would make cuts that would injury the opponents if they tried to tackle him. Watching highlights and live games of him is simply amazing, LT has several years to go before he catches Barry.

Just look at the numbers and Jim Brown is considered one of the top 3 RB's ever. He has the most yards per carry, and most yards per catch of any running back. He would score touchdowns left and right (though LT is on a better pace than anyone in history). Jim Brown retired in the prime of his career and still had very gaudy numbers to put up. He was a great RB.

Walter "Sweetness" Payton is the second leading rusher in NFL history, behind Emmitt Smith. Watch Payton run is like watching an artist paint. He saw holes that weren't there and hit them perfectly. His speed and athleticism made him a great player for many years.

So LT has some work to do to catch these guys. If he can keep this pace up for several more years, then LT will be the best to ever wear a uniform, as his coach proclaimed earlier this week. There should be no doubt at all he is the MVP (I've been saying that for the past 2 months) and Offensive Player of the Year. With those two titles under his belt and several more records along the way when his career is all said and done I think there is no doubt LT will be considered to be the best Running Back of all time.

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