Barry Sanders, whether you agree with me or not, is the greatest running back of all time. Not Emmit Smith. Barry Sanders. #20. Smith had a great O-line in front of him as well as a great QB who had great receivers, providing a balanced attack. Barry was IT for the Lions. They had some good WR's, but never a great QB, and a piss-poor O-line throughout his career. Take that into account & compare stats again. Sanders wins by a mile. Its a shame he never had a chance to compete for a title.
Is Barry Sanders the best running back ever to play in the NFL? I say yes, but there are lots of people who'd like do disagree. Many people say since he doesn't have the most rushing yards that there are better running backs than Barry. Some people say it's all about the stats, I say it's all about the stats and skill.