Has the 1,000-Yard Rusher in the NFL Lost Its Importance?

July 16, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Some of the most legendary teams in NFL history usually have a running back or two that still serves as a prominent face of a franchise that transcended into a dynasty.

The Chicago Bears had men like Bronko Nagurski, Red Grange, George "One Play" McAfee, and Walter Payton lead them to championships.
The Green Bay Packers had Johnny "Blood" McNally, Jim Taylor, and Paul Hornung help them to several championships.
The Miami Dolphins had Larry Csonka and the Pittsburgh Steelers had Franco Harris.
The Washington Redskins had Cliff Battles and John Riggins, and the Dallas Cowboys had Tony Dorsett and Emmitt Smith while the Cleveland Browns had Marion Motley and Jim Brown.
These teams have fielded some of the most dominant teams in league history, and each one of the running backs that helped them attain that level are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame—legendary players who would put their teams on their backs and run through opponents to garner the t...

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