NFL  > General NFL  > Emmitt vs. Barry
August 8, 2010, 10:51 PM
How many yards would Barry Sanders have gotten running in the Dallas system?
August 9, 2010  04:06 AM ET

More to the point, how many would Walter have gotten ? Never saw a more egotistical HOF speech than Smith's. What a ****, learn some humility man!

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August 9, 2010  02:33 PM ET

hard to argue against sanders... emmitt did have a huge advantage over most others with that OL and all the weapons dallas had during that run in the 90s. barry would have gained more w/ dallas than emmitt.

August 9, 2010  03:54 PM ET
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More to the point, how many would Walter have gotten ? Never saw a more egotistical HOF speech than Smith's. What a ****, learn some humility man!

I was waiting for Trey Wingo to direct us to ESPN2 for continuing coverage of Emmitt's induction speech.

August 9, 2010  03:55 PM ET
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speaking of h.o.f. speeches, who taught jerry rice how to read [?] ,....he should've spoke from the heart with some [crib-notes] at the podium, like emmitt's speech .

I still can't believe Jerry actually thanked the folks at "Dancing with the Stars"...

August 9, 2010  03:56 PM ET

Barry Sanders !!!!!!

I like alot on here , believe if Barry would hve had the line that Emmitt had or if Emmit would have had to deal with the problems Barry did. This would not even be an issue.

August 9, 2010  03:57 PM ET
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More to the point, how many would Walter have gotten ? Never saw a more egotistical HOF speech than Smith's. What a ****, learn some humility man!

Irish you make a good point and he also did not thank the college that gave him his start. I think that was wrong.

I love Emmitt dont get me wrong , but he was a little all about Me < I thought I was listening to TO on the stage...LOL

August 9, 2010  07:34 PM ET

I have to agree with you Jim, BG, and DF77. I believe Barry would , and maybe should, have been the NFL's all time leading rusher. I loved watching Emmitt and Jerry Rice play, but their egos were "all about them". Barry was , and still is, more humble, and that in itself has my respect.

My three all time favorite runners were Gale Sayers, Walter Payton and Tony Dorsett, in no particular order.

August 9, 2010  08:09 PM ET

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August 9, 2010  08:38 PM ET
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August 9, 2010  10:16 PM ET

Both were awesome!

August 10, 2010  12:02 PM ET

It wouldn't have even been close had Sanders played in the Dallas offense. Sanders walked away at the peak of his game, and honestly would have cracked 20,000 yards rushing running behind the Dallas line.

I was at the Lions/Bucs game in Tampa in '97, when he torched the Bucs defense for 215 yards rushing on just 24 carries. This was after Tampa had held him to 20 yards on 10 carries in Detroit earlier that season. Without a doubt, he was one of the most --- if not THE most -- electrifying running backs I have ever seen play.

I'm a huge Emmitt Smith fan, but that HOF speech was just wrong. He did give a few props out, but good god E, show some humility! After all, you DID leave the Cowboys for the Cardinals!

August 10, 2010  03:16 PM ET

Barry would have been awesome there, though some of his greatest runs were due to his teams poor blocking.

August 10, 2010  06:56 PM ET

How do you block for a RB that you have no idea where he is running?

Sanders would rather reverse direction and try to go for the big play, than put his head down and take the 3 or 4 yard yard gain.

If Emmitt played for the Lions, the Detroit OL would have been looked at much differently.

I would take Emmitt over Barry every day of the week.

August 10, 2010  08:06 PM ET

Part of the reason Barry Sanders retired early was because he gave up on his team's chances... had he played on a powerhouse like the 90's Cowboys, he would have stuck around longer. So that's extra stats right there.

August 10, 2010  08:07 PM ET
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How do you block for a RB that you have no idea where he is running?Sanders would rather reverse direction and try to go for the big play, than put his head down and take the 3 or 4 yard yard gain. If Emmitt played for the Lions, the Detroit OL would have been looked at much differently. I would take Emmitt over Barry every day of the week.

A very good point. Daryl Johnston was arguably the greatest run-blocker of all-time... he may have been useless with Barry in the backfield.

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August 11, 2010  09:50 PM ET
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A very good point. Daryl Johnston was arguably the greatest run-blocker of all-time... he may have been useless with Barry in the backfield.

okay... big typo there... run blocking fullback* all time

 
August 12, 2010  09:35 AM ET
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There is no way you can argue that Emmit Smith would have made an OL better as oppose to Barry Sanders picking up the slack of a bad OL. That just makes no sense at all.

Why does it make no sense?

When you are part of a TEAM, your job is always easier when you know what your teammate is going to do in a given situation.

Just my opinion...i would bet if you asked 100 O-Lineman who they would prefer to block for, Emmitt would be their choice.

Also just my opinion...Barry would have gained more yards as a Cowboy...but the Cowboys would have won less Championships.

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