It’s the fourth quarter, you’re up by 3 and seven minutes remaining. You need to milk the clock and close out the game without turning the ball over to your opponent. Who do you want taking your handoffs?
Jim Brown – Played nine seasons, went to nine Pro Bowls and won eight rushing titles. Named to both the 50th and 75th anniversary teams. Averaged 1,368 yards per season and 5.1 yards per carry.
Earl Campbell – Played eight seasons, went to five Pro Bowls and won three rushing titles. Averaged 1,175 yards per season and 4.3 yards per carry.
Emmitt Smith – The NFL’s all-time leading rusher. Carried the ball more times for more yards and more touchdowns than any player in NFL history. Eight Pro Bowls and four rushing titles in 15 seasons. Averaged 1,223 yards per season.
Walter Payton – Played 13 seasons, went to nine Pro Bowls and won one NFL rushing title and three other NFC crowns. Named to both the 1970s and 1980s all-decade teams. Averaged 1,286 yards per season and 4.4 per carry.