Posted: 2/8/2012 8:18:37 PM
You are wrong with your numbers...
Bettis was the 2nd leading rusher in the NFL in 1993.
Bettis was the 3nd leading rusher in the NFL in 1996.
Bettis was also the 3rd leading rusher in the NFL in 1997.
1. Emmitt Smith had 1,486.
2. Jerome Bettis had 1,429.
1. Barry Sanders had 1,553.
2. Jerome Bettis had 1,431.
1. Barry Sanders 2,053
2. Terrell Davis 1,750
3. Jerome Bettis 1,665
Originally Posted by matt4000:
I said top 3 backs (overall),not top 3 rushing yards.
1993 - Emmitt Smith and Thurman Thomas both took their teams to the Super Bowl and had better years than Bettis as did Marcus Allen and Barry Sanders.
1996 - It's easily arguable that Bettis was not in the top 5 as Ricky Watters,Terry Allen,Curtis Martin,Barry Sanders, Terrell Davis, and possibly Emmitt Smith all had more productive years.
1997 - Barry Sanders and Terrell Davis were a clear 1-2 as they both had over 2,000 yards from scrimmage. I'd put Dorsey Levens at #3 as he had more TDs,more yards from scrimmage,less fumbles than Bettis,plus he led his team to their second consecutive Super Bowl.
If you need 3 yards,Jerome will get you 3 yards.
If you need 7 yards,Jerome will get you 3 yards.