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Good but they needed more input
on April 7, 2013
I was really excited about this book, but was a little disappointed with some of the top 10 lists. Apparently, the lists were compiled by only 7 SI writers. While I do value their opinions that they forged through years of experience covering NFL football, I think they could have used some input from more writers, former players and former coaches. This would have made the book better, giving more thought into who was better than who. The other thing I wold have liked is if they had listed more statistics for the their top 10 lists rather than just have written words defending the reasoning why the top 10 made the top 10.
I am not an expert, merely a fan, and I can't tell you if Gale Sayers was really that good because I never saw him play, but I still think there are a few huge omissions in the QB and RB lists. Steve Young is not in the top 10 quarterbacks which is a huge oversight. He is listed as 12 according to their voting. Joe Namath is listed as 11th and he was a terrible quarterback. While his huge Super Bowl win in Super Bowl III was incredible, he was a lousy quarterback with a losing win-loss record and throwing more interceptions than touchdowns and barely completing over 50% of his passes. Terry Bradshaw is listed 10th on the list, mostly because of his 4 Super Bowl wins which in my opinion had more to do with the great Steelers defense of the 70s than Bradshaw. Statistically, Young is better in almost every passing category and he was by far a great running threat than Bradshaw. That brings us to Farve at #9. Farve had a much longer career, but if you compared Young's 10 best years to Farve's, Young was a better overall quarterback. So Young should be at least 9th maybe higher, yet he is not in the top 10.
As for running backs, that Marshall Faulk and LaDanian Tomlinson are not in the top 10 is a great oversight. Faulk is probably the greatest receiving running back ever and was a great running back too. He also scored a lot more touchdowns than Earl Campbell and Erik Dickerson. So he should be even higher than them. Same goes for Tomlinson, who was ever more of a touchdown threat than Campbell, Dickerson or Faulk. Compare Dickerson's, Campbell's, and Tomilinson's first 7 years and Tomilinson averaged more yards per season (and per game) and a lot more touchdowns. Thus, he was better in my opinoin. Why they ranked him 13th best RB ever is beyond me.