Best runner, yes. Best Running Back, no. Best Football player, no not even close.Barry Sanders was the best running back I ever saw. Heck, the best football player I ever saw. Dude averaged 5 yards a carry and he never had anybody spectacular with him on offense. I have trouble even remember who the Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers are that played with him.
He had Lomas Brown for many of those years. He also had Herman Moore, Chris Speilman, Kevin Glover. The Lions has some talent. A great player makes the people around them better.Jerry Rice - 2nd place, lol.
Note I never said that Barry Sanders was the best player you ever saw or anyone else ever saw. The best player I ever saw. The guy did amazing things with the ball in his hands, put up outstanding numbers without much of a supporting cast, and would have retired with many more records had he not retired so early.
I have nothing against Emmitt... one of the all-time greats, no question.