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COMPLAINT : There are no more BEAUTIFUL RUNNERS

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Posted: 7/8/2014 10:56 PM

COMPLAINT : There are no more BEAUTIFUL RUNNERS 


I was raised watching some running backs that were down right beautiful to watch.  For me, it started off with my old team, the St. Louis Cardinals and Terry Metcalf.  If you haven't seen him, check out this link :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMddevnDyb0

Then came Walter Payton.  And next was Barry Sanders.  They were so wonderful to watch; graceful, great instincts, vision, balance, power (occasionally), agility……….just natural runners who you would look forward to watching and hoping they would get the ball.

But now who do we have?  I can't think of one rb that is as electric as the three mentioned above.  For example, I was watching Frank Gore run and couldn't stop thinking how ugly it looked.  Even Reggie Bush; some speed, but no where near the beauty that Terry, Walter and Barry had.

Even Terry's son, Eric was not as fun to watch as his dad.

Anyone else bothered by this? 

In my humble opinion, the NFL is currently lacking a beautiful runner.
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Posted: 7/8/2014 11:25 PM

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I see your Terry Metcalf, and raise you LeSean McCoy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTsyUD48Qd4
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Posted: 7/9/2014 1:14 AM

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actually Orenthal James Simpson was the smoothest
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Posted: 7/9/2014 4:01 AM

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power and beauty is my thing. and we have that in the league. have you seen adrian peterson run? especially some of the runs vs us. last year.
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Posted: 7/9/2014 4:05 AM

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Posted: 7/9/2014 6:29 AM

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DingDongLions1134 wrote: power and beauty is my thing. and we have that in the league. have you seen adrian peterson run? especially some of the runs vs us. last year.
That run was a gift from the Lions and he was shut down for the rest of that game.
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Posted: 7/9/2014 7:05 AM

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Elusive, yes.  Beautiful, NO.
wesleysh21 wrote: I see your Terry Metcalf, and raise you LeSean McCoy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTsyUD48Qd4
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Posted: 7/9/2014 7:10 AM

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Gale Sayers
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Posted: 7/9/2014 7:28 AM

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Arian Foster is pretty smooth.
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Last edited 7/9/2014 7:31 AM by gitchee

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Posted: 7/9/2014 8:24 AM

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I don't think we are going to see the likes of Barry Sanders for a long time.  He was truly something special and he made some of the best defensive players look silly with some of the cuts that he made.  I hadn't seen anything like him before and I haven't seen anything remotely like him since. 

You will see some beautiful runners... and there are some (as mentioned in the posts above) that could be mentioned.  But if you are holding out for the truly electric runners such as you have stated... not sure you will see them soon.
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Posted: 7/9/2014 9:14 AM

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Lem20 wrote: Gale Sayers

+100. Exactly what I was thinking.



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Posted: 7/9/2014 1:25 PM

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DingDongLions1134 wrote: power and beauty is my thing. and we have that in the league. have you seen adrian peterson run? especially some of the runs vs us. last year.
Peterson is the most fun RB to watch since Barry.  The dude is a beast and the Vikings making the playoffs in 2012 was all his doing.  Sadly, Peterson will have a similar career than Barry, blazing the record books, but never playing in a super bowl..
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Posted: 7/9/2014 1:31 PM

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So because he had a bad game outside that run he can't be a beautiful runner? That's crazy. If you can't appreciate AP's running style I feel bad for you. Seriously, you're missing out. He is a joy to watch.
edjames01 wrote:
DingDongLions1134 wrote: power and beauty is my thing. and we have that in the league. have you seen adrian peterson run? especially some of the runs vs us. last year.
That run was a gift from the Lions and he was shut down for the rest of that game.
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Posted: 7/9/2014 5:37 PM

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Here's a beautiful runner.......  


Now if we could just get Verlander to forget about her for a couple hours here and there.
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Last edited 7/9/2014 5:38 PM by gitchee

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Posted: 7/9/2014 6:01 PM

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Eric Dickerson is the definition of grace.
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Posted: 7/9/2014 7:05 PM

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Z wrote: So because he had a bad game outside that run he can't be a beautiful runner? That's crazy. If you can't appreciate AP's running style I feel bad for you. Seriously, you're missing out. He is a joy to watch.
edjames01 wrote:
DingDongLions1134 wrote: power and beauty is my thing. and we have that in the league. have you seen adrian peterson run? especially some of the runs vs us. last year.
That run was a gift from the Lions and he was shut down for the rest of that game.
I wasn't trying to say AP is a beautiful runner. He definitely is. Just not in that game.
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Posted: 7/9/2014 7:07 PM

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Marshawn Lynch is a beautiful runner in a Sledgehammer kind of way.

http://youtu.be/W0URyxkeSZM
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Posted: 7/9/2014 7:18 PM

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Arian Foster may be the best of the current crop in terms of running beautifully.  He is fast, quick and has the skill to time his athletic cuts perfectly.  He also displays determination and does not run out of bounds much, if at all.

AP is effective, strong and fast.  But I would not call him beautiful to watch, compared to Terry, Walter or Barry.  They did not call Walter "Sweetness" for nothing.

But I did think Gale Sayers and Erik Dickerson were excellent runners.
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Posted: 7/9/2014 8:57 PM

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I'd put Gayle Sayers at the top of the "beautiful runners" list and Marcus Allen was pretty smooth as well. I wouldn't say Payton was all that graceful, but his violence at the end of his runs were a thing of beauty. He rarely went out of bounds without sending the defender a message, often times getting quite a few extra yards due to it. I think a lot of runners should watch and learn to use that flipper as opposed to just conceding that the run is over all the time.

Let me guess.  You aren't here for the Alcohol or Tobacco...
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Posted: 7/9/2014 9:06 PM

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Gayle Sayers was the original Barry Sanders, both were the best "beautiful" runners in NFL history.
gkelly: Stafford can always put these together when the game is out of reach.  He's simply a fantasy football QB who racks up stats in garbage time.
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