4 Classic Running Backs Who Make Marshawn Lynch Look Soft
Marshawn Lynch soft? Ok, you got me. I was using cheap journalistic tactics to lure you in. Since you're here though, I think you'll find some pretty cool stuff here.
Lynch is not soft. In fact, it's hard to argue against Marshawn Lynch being the most punishing running back in the NFL. He's got great footwork and solid speed, but it's when he goes into "Beast Mode" that things get pretty special. I'm not sure if this is when the Beast Mode name was born, but the run below was pretty special.
This was undoubtedly a great run and Lynch is a very good back. Even using the word 'soft' in the title is a joke. I'm not sure, however, that he can match up with some of the best power backs from the NFL's past.
John Riggins, 1971 - 1985
Take for instance the case of Riggins. He was kind of weird looking and certainly a free spirit, but Riggins' style meshed perfectly with the line in front of him that came to be known as the Hogs. After all, how many running backs get their own song?
Mike Alstott, 1996 - 2006
Alstott hasn't been out of the league for all that long, but I'm not sure he gets enough credit for just how good he was. I'm not sure there's ever been a stronger human being who played the position of running back.
Walter Payton, 1975 - 1987
Payton was generally listed as 5'10" and in the neighborhood of 200 pounds and I've got him listed as a power back? Watch the damn video and see why. Today's running backs have nothing on Sweetness.
Earl Campbell, 1978 - 1985
If Payton was undersized, Campbell was the perfect size to hurt defenses. He was just 5'11", but he carried close to 250 pounds on that frame. His style led to a shortened career, but during his prime I'm not sure there was ever a better running back. I'll shut up and let the video speak for itself.
The NFL is turning more and more into a passing league. Is Marshawn Lynch the last of a dying breed? I hope not. Football is a lot more fun when there's some smashmouth to go with the aerial display.
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