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Ricky Williams at 57 seems a bit low. Perhaps if he just kept playing…A 150-member blue-ribbon panel ranks the 150 greatest players in the sport's entire history and the running backs are the clear stars.www.espn.com
If anyone wants to peruse the whole list.
Ludicrously biased in favor of players with legendary NFL careers (Emmitt Smith ahead of Tim Tebow!) but a fun scroll nonetheless.
57. Ricky Williams (RB, Texas, 1995-98)
Rushing yards: 6,279 | Rushing TDs: 72 | Yards per carry: 6.21
After Williams surprised nearly everyone by announcing he would return for his senior season, instead of entering the NFL draft, newly hired Longhorns coach Mack Brown said, "We have just had a successful recruiting class. This is our first signee. He's the best football player in the country returning next year." Williams was exactly that during the 1998 season, winning the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. He left Texas as the NCAA's all-time leading rusher with 6,279 yards and posted three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. He set 21 NCAA records, including all-purpose yards (7,206) and rushing touchdowns (72). The two-time unanimous All-American is the only player in FBS history with consecutive 300-yard rushing games.