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View Poll Results: Who had the best single season?
1975 O.J. Simpson 2 8.33%
1983 Eric Dickerson 2 8.33%
1985 Marcus Allen 0 0%
1995 Emmitt Smith 2 8.33%
1997 Barry Sanders 5 20.83%
1998 Terrell Davis 6 25.00%
2000 Marshall Faulk 1 4.17%
2003 Priest Holmes 1 4.17%
2005 Shaun Alexander 0 0%
Other (please explain which one and why) 5 20.83%
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Old 05-08-2006   #1
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Well with the draft and most free agent signings behind us and a few weeks remaining until the team's camps start up, I figured I'd post a few polls just to give everyone something to do, so here goes:

What season was the most impressive ever by a RB? I have posted 27 of the top individual seasons IMO so vote for your choice and explain why if you feel like doing so:

1963 Jim Brown - 14 games, 291 carries, 1863 yards (6.4), 12 TD, 24 catches, 268 yards (11.2), 3 TD - 315 touches, 2131 yards, 15 TD (7th year in the league, 27 years old, team went 10-4, was named the league MVP).

1973 O.J. Simpson: 14 games, 332 carries, 2003 yards (6.0), 12 TD, 6 catches, 70 yards (11.7), 0 TD - 338 touches, 2073 yards, 12 TD (5th year in the league, 26 years old, team went 9-5, was named league MVP, 1st 2000 rushing yard season in the NFL).

1975 O.J. Simpson: 14 games, 329 carries, 1817 yards (5.5), 16 TD, 28 catches, 426 yards (15.2), 7 TD - 357 touches, 2243 yards, 23 TD (7th year in the league, 28 years old, team went 8-6).

1977 Walter Payton: 14 games, 339 carries, 1852 yards (5.5), 14 TD, 27 catches, 269 yards (10.0), 2 TD - 366 touches, 2121 yards, 16 TD (3rd year in the league, 23 years old, team went 9-5, was named league MVP).

1980 Earl Campbell: 15 games, 373 carries, 1934 yards (5.2), 13 TD, 11 catches, 47 yards (4.3), 0 TD - 384 touches, 1981 yards, 13 TD (3rd year in the league, 25 years old, team went 11-5).

1983 Eric Dickerson: 16 games, 390 carries, 1808 yards (4.6), 18 TD, 51 catches, 404 yards (7.9), 2 TD - 441 touches, 2212 yards, 20 TD (1st year in the league, 23 years old, team went 9-7).

1984 Eric Dickerson: 16 games, 379 carries, 2105 yards (5.6), 14 TD, 21 catches, 139 yards (6.6), 0 TD - 400 touches, 2244 yards, 14 TD (2nd year in the league, 24 years old, team went 10-6, 2nd player to reach 2000 rushing yards in a single season).

1985 Marcus Allen: 16 games, 380 carries, 1759 yards (4.6), 11 TD, 67 catches, 555 yards (8.3), 3 TD - 447 touches, 2314 yards, 14 TD (4th year in the league, 25 years old, team went 12-4, was named league MVP).

1985 Walter Payton: 16 games, 324 carries, 1551 yards (4.8), 9 TD, 49 catches, 483 yards (9.9), 2 TD - 373 touches, 2036 yards, 11 TD (11th year in the league, 31 years old, team went 15-1 and won the Super Bowl).

1985 Roger Craig: 16 games, 214 carries, 1050 yards (4.9), 9 TD, 92 catches, 1016 yards (11.0), 6 TD - 306 touches, 2066 yards, 15 TD (3rd year in the league, 25 years old, team went 10-6, first player with 1000+ rushing and 1000+ receiving yards in the same season).

1994 Barry Sanders: 16 games, 331 carries, 1883 yards (5.7), 7 TD, 44 catches, 283 yards, 1 TD - 375 touches, 2166 yards, 8 TD (6th year in the league, 26 years old, team went 9-7).

1995 Emmitt Smith: 16 games, 377 carries, 1773 yards (4.7), 25 TD, 62 catches, 375 yards (6.0), 0 TD - 439 touches, 2148 yards, 25 TD (6th year in the league, 26 years old, team went 12-4 and won the Super Bowl, set a new single-season TD record).

1997 Barry Sanders: 16 games, 335 carries, 2053 yards (6.1), 11 TD, 33 catches, 305 yards, 3 TD - 368 touches, 2358 yards, 14 TD (9th year in the league, 29 years old, team went 9-7, was name league co-MVP, 3rd player to reach 2000 rushing yards in a single season).

1997 Terrell Davis: 15 games, 369 carries, 1750 yards (4.7), 15 TD, 42 catches, 287 yards (6.8), 0 TD - 411 touches, 2037 yards, 15 TD (3rd year in the league, 25 years old, team went 12-4 and won the Super Bowl).

1998 Terrell Davis: 16 games, 392 carries, 2008 yards (5.1), 21 TD, 25 catches, 217 yards (8.7), 2 TD - 417 touches, 2225 yards, 23 TD (4th year in the league, 26 years old, team went 14-2 and won the Super Bowl, was named league MVP and became the 4th player to rush for 2000 yards in a single season).

1998 Jamal Anderson: 16 games, 410 carries, 1846 yards (4.5), 14 TD, 27 catches, 319 yards (11.8), 2 TD - 437 touches, 2165 yards, 16 TD (5th year in the league, 26 years old, team went 14-2 and made it to the Super Bowl but lost).

1999 Marshall Faulk: 16 games, 253 carries, 1381 yards (5.5), 7 TD, 87 catches, 1048 yards (12.0), 5 TD - 340 touches, 2429 yards, 12 TD (6th year in the league, 26 years old, team went 13-3 and won the Super Bowl, 2nd player in league history with 1000+ rushing and 1000+ receiving yards in the same season, single-season record for yards from scrimmage).

2000 Edgerrin James: 16 games, 387 carries, 1709 yards (4.4), 13 TD, 63 catches, 594 yards (9.4), 5 TD - 450 touches, 2303 yards, 18 TD (2nd year in the league, 22 years old, team went 10-6).

2000 Marshall Faulk: 14 games, 253 carries, 1359 yards (5.4), 18 TD, 81 catches, 830 yards (10.2), 8 TD - 334 touches, 2189 yards, 26 TD (7th year in the league, 27 years old, team went 10-6, set a new single-season TD record and was named the league MVP).

2002 Ricky Williams: 16 games, 383 carries, 1853 yards (4.8), 16 TD, 47 catches, 363 yards (7.7), 1 TD - 430 touches, 2216 yards, 17 TD (5th year in the league, 25 years old, team went 9-7).

2003 LaDanian Tomlinson: 16 games, 313 carries, 1645 yards (5.3), 13 TD, 100 catches, 725 yards (7.3), 4 TD - 413 touches, 2370 yards, 17 TD (3rd year in the league, 24 years old, team went 4-12).

2003 Priest Holmes: 16 games, 320 carries, 1420 yards (4.4), 27 TD, 75 catches, 690 yards (9.3), 0 TD - 395 touches, 2110 yards, 27 TD (7th year in the league, 30 years old, team went 13-3, set a new single-season TD record).

2003 Ahman Green: 16 games, 355 carries, 1883 yards (5.3), 15 TD, 50 catches, 367 yards (7.3), 5 TD - 405 touches, 2250 yards, 20 TD (6th year in the league, 26 years old, team went 10-6).

2003 Jamal Lewis: 16 games, 387 carries, 2066 yards (5.3), 14 TD, 26 catches, 205 yards (7.9), 0 TD - 413 touches, 2271 yards, 14 TD (3rd year in the league, 24 years old, team went 10-6, 2nd highest single-season rushing total).

2005 Shaun Alexander: 16 games, 370 carries, 1880 yards (5.1), 27 TD, 15 catches, 78 yards (5.2), 1 TD - 385 touches, 1958 yards, 28 TD (6th year in the league, 28 years old, team went 13-3 and made it to the Super Bowl but lost, set a new single-season TD record and was named the league MVP).

2005 Tiki Barber: 16 games, 357 carries, 1860 yards (5.2), 9 TD, 54 catches, 530 yards (9.8), 2 TD - 411 touches, 2390 yards, 11 TD (9th year in the league, 30 years old, team went 11-5).

2005 Larry Johnson: 16 games, 336 carries, 1750 yards (5.2), 20 TD, 33 catches, 343 yards (10.4), 1 TD - 369 touches, 2093 yards, 21 TD (3rd year in the league, 26 years old, only started 9 games during the season, team went 10-6).
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I could do this one in my sleep. Earl Campbell 1980. I was a Cowboy fan, but Earl was the first player that I had to watch, the guy I had to read about and the guy that represented all that was Texas for a kid growing up in Vegas.

Payton was great and equally entertaining, but there has never been anyone in my 30 years of watching the NFL that was anything remotely close to the Tyler Rose.

God bless Texas and Earl Campbell.
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i believe wator payton stats stands out because he did it all without a dominate o line...imagine what he could do with the line that emmit smitt had...scary huh....
also the year that marshall faulk had 1000yards in both rushing and recieving thats incredible, almost untouchable, hes a legend.

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i believe wator payton stats stands out because he did it all without a dominate o line...imagine what he could do with the line that emmit smitt had...scary huh....
also the year that marshall faulk had 1000yards in both rushing and recieving thats incredible, almost untouchable, hes a legend.

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If I remember correctly Roger Craig was the first to do 1k each way in 1985.
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2003 LaDanian Tomlinson: 16 games, 313 carries, 1645 yards (5.3), 13 TD, 100 catches, 725 yards (7.3), 4 TD - 413 touches, 2370 yards, 17 TD (3rd year in the league, 24 years old, team went 4-12).
Its amazing that he DID NOT make the pro-bowl that year.
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If I remember correctly Roger Craig was the first to do 1k each way in 1985.
You are correct here, although Faulk had far more total yards than Craig. If Faulk had more TDs that season (like his season of 26 TDs the next year) that would easily be the best RB season ever.

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Its amazing that he DID NOT make the pro-bowl that year.
Agreed, that was definitely one of the best all-round seasons ever by a RB, and that much more amazing that he did it on such a lousy team.

I still had to pick Barry Sanders though, they had a horrible OLine as well, no passing game to take pressure off of Barry, and he picked up 2053 rushing yards, averaged an incredible 6.1 yards per carry, had 14 total TDs, and added another 300 yards receiving.
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You are correct here, although Faulk had far more total yards than Craig. If Faulk had more TDs that season (like his season of 26 TDs the next year) that would easily be the best RB season ever.
I would take Craigs year over Faulks. Take a look again.
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Hey Morknolle, I like these polls. Props to ya'. Think you can make some for defensive players...
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Hey Morknolle, I like these polls. Props to ya'. Think you can make some for defensive players...
Unfortunately the website I get these stats from only has offensive players, not sure how far back official defensive stats were kept or if they are just harder to find or something.
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I would take Craigs year over Faulks. Take a look again.
Craig had 2066 yards and 15 TDs, Marshall had 2429 yards and 12 TDs, debatable whether 3 TDs make up for 283 yards. I was saying if Marshall had his 26 TDs that year to go along with his 2429 yards that would have easily been the best season ever, but he didn't get those two records in the same year.
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Craig had 2066 yards and 15 TDs, Marshall had 2429 yards and 12 TDs, debatable whether 3 TDs make up for 283 yards. I was saying if Marshall had his 26 TDs that year to go along with his 2429 yards that would have easily been the best season ever, but he didn't get those two records in the same year.
3 TD's, six more receptions. Putting the ball in the end zone three more times and 6 more opportunities to move the chains in the passing game are huge in my opinion.
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LaDanian Tomlinson '03

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LT in '03 and Barry Sanders in '97.

Larry Johnson could have been up there too if Priest would have got hurt in the preseason. Over 2000 yards and 21 TD's and he only started 9 games! Just wait until this year he's going to break out again.
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Terrell worked perfectly with the system and helped win a Superbowl. So in my opinion Davis had the better year.
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I chose other because Jim Brown in 1963 is not on the poll. I didn't see it because I wasn't born yet, but that 6.4 YPC is hard to beat.
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