Best RB Single Season Performance

Today, just like most days, I was perusing random football statistics. I came across something (I don’t even remember what it was now) and started wondering if Reggie White’s 1987 season was the best season for a defensive end of all-time. Then I wondered if 1987 harbored both the greatest season by a defensive end of all-time and the greatest season by a wide receiver, with Jerry Rice. Then I started to ponder if it was possible to pin down the greatest single season for each position.

For whatever reason, I started looking at running backs first. This was either a good idea or a bad idea depending on how you want to look at it, because there have been several incredible seasons by running backs that could be argued as the single greatest ever. I started by putting together a list, including all of the 2,000-yard rushing seasons, the top five rushing TDs in a season, top five all-purpose TDs in a season, and top ten yards from scrimmage in a season.

Barry Sanders, my favorite running back of all-time

There was obviously some overlap in these groups, so I conveniently ended up with a list of 20 seasons.

(Listed in chronological order after the jump.) Continue reading

Big NFL News

I’m going to hit on this real quick with some bullet points.

  • Cleveland Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards was traded to the New York Jets for Jason Trusnik, a great special teams player, Chansi Stuckey, the wide receiver that won the starting spot opposite Jerricho Cotchery after Laveranues Coles left and a couple of draft picks.
  • The San Francisco 49ers have finally agreed to a deal with rookie wide receiver Michael Crabtree. I don’t know the amount the contract is worth yet, but it will be a six-year deal that can be reduced to five years if Crabtree meets certain performance requirements.
  • In quarterback news, Donovan McNabb of the Philadelphia Eagles was cleared to play and should start on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • In opposite quarterback news, the New York Giants Eli Manning did not participate in practice and instead got treatment on his injured foot, which has been diagnosed as plantar fasciitis. His status for this weeks game against the Oakland Raiders is still up in the air. If he can’t go, David Carr will start in his place.
  • Also, the St. Louis Blues owner Dave Checketts and talk radio host Rush Limbaugh have teamed up and made a bid to buy the St. Louis Rams, something I’m sure Bryan will want to touch more on later.
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