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On Thursday, a radio show in Arkansas sparked a debate about the greatest college football player of the modern era. The show then asked sports commentator Tim Brando for his opinion...
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ConfusedHawgInMO12 months
Herschel, Billy Simms, Earl Campbell, McFadden... you pretty much expected those guys to take it to the house every time they touched the ball.
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ConfusedHawgInMO12 months
Didn't mean to leave out Bo.
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Nole Man12 months
1. Herschel. 2. Bo. 3. Need to add Michael Vick. 4. Calvin Johnson needs to be added.
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Zaqwert12 months
I agree Hershel is arguably the GOAT but a better debate would be in 1980 even the "modern era" anymore? It's obviously not the leather helmet days but the modern era has to be like BCS onward right? 1998+
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InkStainedWretch12 months
No issues with that. Watching prime Herschel was like watching a grown man playing with children.
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Lithium12 months
Bo Jackson.
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Timeoday12 months
So we are supposed to believe a radio talking head.
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tigersbh12 months
Believe what? It’s just his opinion.
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Rebel12 months
Megatron
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Morpheus13 months
Lot of old heads will argue against it but Joe most definitely has a say in being the greatest modern day (Last 25 years) player with those video game numbers he put up that season.
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WalkonQB13 months
He’s not wrong. Loved HW.
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rar13 months
OJ Simpson by far...hell he got away with murder.
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Leopold13 months
Unpopular opinion but I'd put down Eric Dickerson. His physical abilities were on par with HW's and his stats were similar while sharing carries. Carried flippin' SMU into the NC picture. That whole 'Death Penalty' thing ruined his legacy but doesn't take away from his greatness.
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lockthevaught13 months
He didn't even mention Barry Sanders. GTFOH Brando
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ALhunter13 months
If you look at overall work then Tebow/Herschel.
If you look at absolute peak year then Cam.
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Klark Kent12 months
if i look at an absolute peak year then it’s Joe Burreaux
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Im just glad 1980 is still considered modern era.
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UFMatt13 months
Walker first, Tebow second as far as taking over a game and leading your team to a win.
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Long Dawg13 months
Herschel was the GOAT. Yes he was better that Bo Jackson in college. UGA had very little threat in passing game and defenses sold out to stop Herschel and still couldn’t do it.
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SECdragonmaster12 months
All those 5 win teams were no match for #34.
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tiggerfan02 202112 months
AU had no passing threat either. Bo should always be mentioned in the same sentence as Herschel. This argument about who was better can go on forever, but let's not try to diminish the greatness of either one.
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TouchdownTony13 months
Most folks here have only seen Walker on highlight reels but to see him in action was unreal. Nobody that size had ever had that speed coupled with power. Walkers Heisman year, the UGA Qb threw for 800 yds. Walker was a known commodity, had already finsihed 2nd in the heisman and had no passing offense. He WAS the offense and still nobody could stop him. He literally carried a UGA team to 33-3 record and a national championship.
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Solid post until the unfortunate use of "literally." No one has shoulders that strong. Not even Herschel Walker.
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Flashback13 months
I hate to say it, but for one year Cam Newton was unstoppable.
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RTRcdub13 months
That was a down year for the SEC overall though. South Carolina was the best in the East that year, and LSU and Bama had fairly young defenses.
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gemlsu12 months
So was Joe B.
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TerryDawg0313 months
Walker's shoulder popped out of joint early during the Sugar Bowl in 1980. They popped it back in and he finished out the game. He was amazing.
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Geaux Guy13 months
OK - just google it. They all say HW. How boring this must be for Tim Brando. LINK
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