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  • Pookie & Earl Campbell

    Looking forward to Pookie!

    One of my favorite non-Broncos is Earl Campbell.

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        I could watch this all day long. Ready for a huge breakout year.

        TD30 stands alone, but up there with Portis possibly.
         

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        • #5
          He needs to show me he can run away from guys the way TD did.

          I will always hate Earl Campbell for knocking us out of the playoffs early in 78 or 79. I can respect his power but the tear away jerseys was flat out cheating.

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            Originally posted by KranzDictum View Post
            He needs to show me he can run away from guys the way TD did.

            I will always hate Earl Campbell for knocking us out of the playoffs early in 78 or 79. I can respect his power but the tear away jerseys was flat out cheating.
            Tad didn’t always run away from guy’s unless it was like a 30 yard touchdown run. I’m sure if Williams long runs came inside the 30-40 yard line he’d burst more touchdown runs from that distance but it so happens that his big runs came usually deep into enemy territory where he’s not going to run away from anybody after 30-40 yard’s and neither would TD…… plus you have to factor in players was slower when TD was playing.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by KranzDictum View Post
              He needs to show me he can run away from guys the way TD did.

              I will always hate Earl Campbell for knocking us out of the playoffs early in 78 or 79. I can respect his power but the tear away jerseys was flat out cheating.
              Williams is listed as having a 4.55 40. Davis had a 4.7, so there’s hope. TD didn’t look anything like that speed.

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              • #8
                I don't think we can compare anyone to Earl Campbell. He is one for the ages. He was the size of a lineman and out ran Dbacks.

                He played in the days when it would be kind of odd to insist that a back is good in pass protection and catching the ball in the flat.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Jeudy10Hamler1 View Post

                  Tad didn’t always run away from guy’s unless it was like a 30 yard touchdown run. I’m sure if Williams long runs came inside the 30-40 yard line he’d burst more touchdown runs from that distance but it so happens that his big runs came usually deep into enemy territory where he’s not going to run away from anybody after 30-40 yard’s and neither would TD…… plus you have to factor in players was slower when TD was playing.
                  I remember TD breaking 60 yard TD's running away from at least LB's if not safeties. If TD got into the open field he could turn it on. Williams had a couple long runs this year he should have scored on. Even the fumbler had a couple long TD runs because he had that extra gear that I haven't seen from Williams yet.

                  This is not saying I don't love the kid, just that he needs to work on his open field speed.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by uplink View Post
                    I don't think we can compare anyone to Earl Campbell. He is one for the ages. He was the size of a lineman and out ran Dbacks.

                    He played in the days when it would be kind of odd to insist that a back is good in pass protection and catching the ball in the flat.
                    Actually, Walter Payton was just as violent a Earl. Walter had moves though so he didn't need to be a plow and his career was longer for it.

                    I think Henry is better than Campbell ever was, even with the tear away jerseys.

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                    • #11
                      My dad was a big Earl Campbell fan since his days with the Longhorns. I sported Oilers gear before Broncos. Then I began to think for myself and became a Bronco fan on my own in 1984.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by uplink View Post
                        I don't think we can compare anyone to Earl Campbell. He is one for the ages. He was the size of a lineman and out ran Dbacks.

                        He played in the days when it would be kind of odd to insist that a back is good in pass protection and catching the ball in the flat.
                        I agree, he was incredible. Love watching replays of him steamrolling guys.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Ark View Post
                          My dad was a big Earl Campbell fan since his days with the Longhorns. I sported Oilers gear before Broncos. Then I began to think for myself and became a Bronco fan on my own in 1984.
                          Whew, glad we got you!

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                          • #14
                            Tear-away jerseys were invented in 1967. Many players wore them in the 1970's. Earl Campbell took advantage one year in 1978, his rookie year. The NFL banned them in 1979. Campbell goes on to win the league MVP in a standard jersey. He goes on to have a hall-of-fame career in a standard jersey.

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                            • #15
                              Earl Campbell was a very good football player (tear-away jersey or not). He had legs like tree trunks and refused to go down. One of the best.

                              I saw nearly all of TD’s home games live. Yes, he could break the 60+ long run when the opportunity presented itself. My season tickets were in the lower section, north end zone. Watching that Oline open massive holes and seeing TD reading the blocks was a thing of beauty.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by qbronco View Post
                                Earl Campbell was a very good football player (tear-away jersey or not). He had legs like tree trunks and refused to go down. One of the best.

                                I saw nearly all of TD’s home games live. Yes, he could break the 60+ long run when the opportunity presented itself. My season tickets were in the lower section, north end zone. Watching that Oline open massive holes and seeing TD reading the blocks was a thing of beauty.
                                No mistake TD was one of the best ever. HOF was appropriate.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by qbronco View Post
                                  Earl Campbell was a very good football player (tear-away jersey or not). He had legs like tree trunks and refused to go down. One of the best.

                                  I saw nearly all of TD’s home games live. Yes, he could break the 60+ long run when the opportunity presented itself. My season tickets were in the lower section, north end zone. Watching that Oline open massive holes and seeing TD reading the blocks was a thing of beauty.
                                  I don't disagree, I just think he is a bit overrated. Christian Okoye ran dudes over, at least until Atwater sent him backwards. I am not sure I would put Earl in my top 15 RB's ever is all. I did enjoy watching him play. I just saw the same power and ferocity out of Payton when he needed to take a guy head on.

                                  I hope Williams turns more into a Payton guy than Campbell, his career will last longer. Wouldn't hurt Williams to do some hill training this offseason and find that extra gear.

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                                    Pookie's vision and decisiveness needs to improve. When that happens it will be magic.

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                                    • #19
                                      Campbell/Wilson would be a little better than Lynch/Wilson, but I'm just excited for the possibility of Williams/Wilson being as good Lynch.

                                      Campbell - 2187 rushes, 9407 yards, 4.3 avg, 74 TDs
                                      Lynch - 2144 rushes, 9112 yards, 4.3 avg, 74 TDs

                                      Campbell
                                      NFL rushing champion in 1978, ’79, ’80.
                                      AP First-Team All-Pro in 1978, ’79, ’80.
                                      NFL rushing touchdowns leader in 1979, ’80.
                                      NFL MVP in 1978, ’79, ’80.
                                      Career high 1,934 yards rushing, including four 200-yard rushing games in 1980.
                                      Five-time pro bowler.

                                      Lynch
                                      AP First-Team All-Pro in '12.
                                      NFL rushing touchdowns leader in '13, '14.
                                      Career high 1,590 yards rushing in '12.
                                      Five-time pro bowler.

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                                      • #20
                                        campbell was a unique individual

                                        i don’t know how many here saw him in person but i did. biggest RB is have ever seen since 1979.

                                        take javonte and multiple by 3 times as wide

                                        bring back Gordon at $3M and call it good. don’t want to wear JWill out i. his 2nd years. need him fresh for the next 4


                                        let’s ride


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                                        • #21
                                          I remember a game against the Cowboys when TD 'ran away' from Deion Sanders. Deion wasn't stupid.

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