Top 10 Sports Bars in Houston

Along with being the fourth largest city in the U.S., Houston is notorious for passionate fans, which makes it one of our nation’s top sports cities.  With the Texans playing well and the new additions to the Rockets, excitement is in the air for Houston sports.  If you want a great sports atmosphere along with great food, here are our top ten sports bars for the greater Houston area.
 
10. Sawyer Park

With one of the best rooftop decks in all of Houston, Sawyer Park offers a great sports themed atmosphere.  For private watch parties, their Clubhouse room offers a big screen projector along with multiple TVs to accommodate twenty seated guests and forty standing, not to mention its own private bar.  Happy hour is daily from 4pm-8pm with dollar off all drinks, $2.50 domestic drafts & $10.00 domestic pitchers.  A Houston themed sports bar along with dodgeball tournaments on various weekends makes Sawyer Park an all-around fun experience.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  The Heights, Washington Corridor
 
9.  Home Plate Bar & Grill

Home Plate Bar & Grill is probably the best pre-game sports bar to check out before an Astros game because it’s located right across the street from Minute Maid Park.  A big University of Houston supporter, Home Plate is the spot to watch the Cougars in action. It’s game day menu is reasonably priced with burgers averaging around $5.25-$6.25 with all other entrees priced below $9.00.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  Downtown
 
8.  The Mezzanine Lounge

With all the major sports packages along with having Michigan Wolverines and Houston professional teams watch parties, Mezzanine Lounge is a great sports bar in Houston.  With over thirty TV’s, twenty-four drafts and bottled beers to choose from, along with drink tickets available to purchase on party dates, game time is always fun at  the “Mez.” They also feature daily food and drink specials along with a kitchen that stays open til 2am.
 
Price:  $
Location:  Near Greenway/Upper Kirby
 
7.  Christian’s Tailgate (The Heights)

Considered by many to have the best burger in all of Houston, Christian’s Tailgate has great food, attractive servers, cold beer, and non-stop sports action to watch!  With thirty-four TVs to choose from, there’s always a game on at Christian’s Tailgate of The Heights (One of its three locations around Houston).  Often called “Hamburger Heaven,” Christian’s is home of the one pound burger, and also has my personal favorite, a steak-night special for “a $1 an oz” on Wednesdays.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  The Heights
 
6.  360 Sports Lounge

With an upscale layout and decor, 360 Sports Lounge offers sports fan in Houston a more sophisticated sports-watching experience.  The main are has 3 High Definition projector screens on the wall above the room-length bar, and has numerous TV’s “floating” around the rest of the dining area. If you’re looking to hold a party, 360 has a private room available with a 60″ flat screen behind the private bar, a separate sound system, custom pool table, and free wi-fi.  360 fills up early on big game days or PPV events, so arrive early if you want a seat.  Happy hour runs from 3pm-7pm Monday-Friday with $2.00 domestic drafts and $4.00 appetizers.  Besides the hometown Houston teams, 360 Sports Lounge is a great place to watch UFC events and soccer.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  The Heights, Washington Corridor
 
5.  Saint Dane’s Bar & Grille

Probably the overall best value for beer and food out of any sports bar in Houston is found at Saint Dane’s.  Wednesday’s special is $1.00 drafts from 4pm-12am along with half-off wraps.  Thursday’s are .35 cent wing day from 4pm-12am.  Like many of the bars in the Houston area, Friday is Crawfish happy hour (when in season) from 3pm-7pm at 5.95 a pound.  Whether it’s University of Texas, Houston or any of Houston’s pro teams or UFC events, Saint Dane’s has a great sports atmosphere!
 
Price:  $
Location:  Fourth Ward, Midtown
 
4.  Coaches Pub Midtown

Coaches Pub Midtown has one of the best followings for watch parties in all of Houston.  With six NFL teams and ten college watch parties going on during the week, the atmosphere at Coaches Pub Midtown is second to none.  Having twenty HD TV’s all 42″ and larger–including a 120 inch HD projection screen–keeps the fans of all of the watch parties happy.  When it comes to drinks, Coaches probably has Houston’s longest happy hour, which runs from 11am-7pm.  Monday beer special is $7.00 domestic pitchers with all day .50 cent wings on Sunday and Thursday. Bring your friends, because parties of ten or more that book during happy hour can get fifty wings at $25.00.

Price:  $$
Location:  Fourth Ward, Midtown
 
3.  Big Woodrow’s Bar & Grill

Located in Houston’s Beltway/Galleria area, Big Woodrow’s is home to watch parties for LSU, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, and all Houston professional teams.  With seventeen beers on tap and thirty-seven to choose from in a bottle, beer-loving sports fans can kick back, relax and enjoy pretty much any cold beer they want.  “The Loft” is Woodrow’s private party room for fans inclined to start a watch party of their own.  Complete with its own bar, accommodations for more than 150, and over ten TVs, it’s the perfect place to watch your team taste victory–or watch your friends taste some fried alligator.
 
Price:  $
Location:  Beltway, The Galleria
 
2.  SRO Sports Bar & Café

With seventeen college watch parties, every Houston professional team & the Pittsburgh Steelers, get plenty of hype by on game days at SRO.  Counting the mini TVs at tables, SRO Sports Bar has over one-hundred TVs to watch your favorite team.  With twenty-four specialty beers and imports, fifteen beers on tap, and sixteen domestic bottles to choose from, there’s probably a beer for everyone at SRO.  Crawfish is an SRO favorite when in season, along with always fresh shrimp.  PPV events like UFC and boxing are also frequently shown at SRO, so stop on by if Pacquiao and Mayweather ever decide to fight.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  Lazy Brook/Timbergrove
 
1.  Lucky’s Pub

This place is a sports-lovers dream.  Lucky’s has the largest HD screen in all of Houston at twenty-one feet long.  It also has fifty more flat screens to go along with it. Lucky’s Pub has watch parties for eight college teams, every Houston professional team, the New England Patriots & UFC events.  Lucky’s also has a unique calendar on their website that allows viewers to click on links that show which watch parties are occurring during each month.  Lucky’s also has a free shuttle bus that will take fans to and from Astro games and Toyota Center events.  With the most beers in all of Houston to choose from at over 250, Lucky’s Pub is the place to be if you love sports, beer, or both.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  Downtown

By: Craig Emmert

Top Ten Sports Bars in Detroit

With the Detroit Tigers capturing the American League Penant and the Lions recent football success fresh behind them, the Motor City is rockin’ and is the place to be before, during, and after football and baseball games.  We all know that we can watch Detroit teams at pretty much any sports bar in the city, but where are the absolute best sports bars to watch the games?  In honor of the Tiger’s latest championship, here are our top ten best sports bars in the greater Detroit Area.
 
10. The Old Shillelagh 
 
Some of my best memories before heading to Comerica Park to watch the Detroit Tigers have come at the Old Shilleaugh.  With twenty beers on tap including Detroit’s hometown brewed specials and pre-game pitcher specials of Bud/Bud Light at $7.50, great times only await at the Old Shillelagh.  My pre-game favorite is the half pound cheeseburger with fries for only $7.00.  With over twenty-five TVs for any Detroit fans viewing pleasure, I can promise you, that you’ll enjoy your time at the Old Shillelagh.
 
Price: $
Location:  Downtown
 
9. Coaches Corner Bar & Grill

Located only a few blocks from Comerica Park and Ford Field, Coaches Corner is a great place to stop before hitting up a Tigers or Lions game.  Full of big screen TVs and great domestic beers on tap, I recommend the “Coaches Reuben” with an ice cold draft beer.  With different specials happening everyday of the week, Coaches Corner is any sports fan’s destination for happiness.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  Downtown
 
8. Gator Jake’s
 
Located just north of Detroit in Sterling heights, Gator Jake’s has the right mix of cajun and traditional bar food.  With twenty-four different beers to choose from and countless TVs, the party at Gator Jake’s is endless.  Sticking to a deep south favorite, I recommend the Jambalaya, which includes andouille sausage, jumbo shrimp, ham and chicken in a Creole sauce over rice. 
 
Price:  $$
Location:  Sterling Heights
 
7. Lefty’s Lounge
 
Located on the campus of Wayne State University, Lefty’s Lounge is a great college atmosphere and sports bar that will suit all ages.  Any sports bar with a happy hour from 11am-7pm is all about pleasing the customer.  Looking for where to watch Michigan and Michigan State?  Lefty’s supports all the Detroit sports teams especially the Tigers, along with in-state rivals Michigan and Michigan State, and has plenty of TVs to make any sports fan happy.  With NFL Sunday Ticket, MLB package, and up to fifteen prime college games shown every week, this is a great destination for fall football.  My food pick at Lefty’s goes to Tuesday X-Large two-topping award winning pizza for $10.50 along with one of their all-day, everyday $2.50 pints.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  Wayne State
 
6. Nemo’s Bar
 
Considered Detroit’s “Original Sports Bar,” Nemo’s has been a staple of excellence since 1965.  Across the street from where the old Tiger Stadium stood, Nemo’s is still a favorite pre-game stop before Tigers, Red Wings, and Lions games. Nemo’s shuttle service to and from Tigers, Red Wings & Lions games is probably better than any bar in Detroit.  
 
Price:  $
Location:  Corktown
 
5. Doc’s Sports Retreat
 
With over one hundred TVs to watch all the sports packages that they subscribe to, any sports fanatic would be in heaven at Doc’s Sports Retreat.  All Tigers, Lions, Pistons and Red Wings games can be viewed at Doc’s.  With thirty beers on tap, and my personal favorite, “The Big Johnson” twenty ounce burger to choose from, you’ll definitely leave feeling satisfied. Pun intended.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  Livonia
 
4. Cheli’s Chili Bar
 
Located across the street from Comerica Park, Cheli’s (owned by former Red Wing Defensemen Chris Chelios) is a prime destination before Tigers, Red Wings and Lions games.  With a rooftop party deck, patrons can take in the activity from Comerica park.  On Tiger or Lion game day’s Cheli’s is very busy but service is still excellent.  From experience, I once ordered a burger and fries and told the waitress we were in a hurry, and received my food within ten minutes without a screw-up on it.  With thirty-six TVs throughout, Cheli’s always has something good to watch!
 
Price:  $$
Location:  Downtown
 
3. Norm’s Field of Dreams
 
Named after its owner and also by coincidence Tiger great Norm Cash, Norm’s Field of Dreams is a must stop for any Detroit sports fan.  Monday’s are my favorite day at Norm’s because of Michigan Monday’s with fifty cent wings and one dollar Coney dogs.  Located just north of Detroit in Troy, Norm’s Field of Dreams is a great pre or post game stop before heading to a Tigers, Lions or Red Wings game. Plenty of TVs throughout with a jamming jukebox make Norm’s a great destination and definitely one of the top sports bars in Detroit.
 
Price:  $
Location:  Troy
 
2.  24 Seconds Bar & Grill
 
With two 10 foot big screens along with twenty other high definition TVs to watch the Tigers, Lions, Pistons & Red Wings on along with NFL Sunday Ticket and all the football you could ask for on a Satuerday, 24 Seconds Bar & Grill is the place for any sport fan.  Fans can take a shuttle (which you are allowed to drink on) to and from Lions games.  During summer months, 24 Seconds has a rooftop lounge where sports fans can relax at as well.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  Berkley
 
1. Hockeytown Café
 
Considered by many polls to be one of the best sports bars in the U.S., Hockeytown café needs to be on any sports fan’s bucketlist.   With 63 inch plasma TVs stationed throughout the bar, there’s not a seat in Hockeytown that doesn’t have a great TV view.  With forty beers on tap, and great gametime specials including $5.00 pitchers of Miller High Life and my personal favorite, the Michigan Cherry Burger topped with Michigan cherries from Traverse City.  Located across the street from Comerica Park, Ford Field and just blocks from Joe Louis Arena, Hockeytown Café gets the number one spot on our list of the best sports bars in the Detroit area.
 
Location:  $$
Location:  Downtown

By: Craig Emmert

Top 10 Hottest Female Sports Reporters

Let’s face it, whether in the studio or on the sidelines, nowadays women are stealing the screen when it comes to reporting sports news.  In order to capitalize on their mostly-male audience, the nation’s main sports networks have loaded up on attractive reporters.  And who can blame them, I mean, if you have to hear about your favorite player’s torn patellar tendon, you might as well hear it from a ridiculously attractive female.

Although this may seem like a chauvanistic topic, I don’t want to hear one word of gripe from the ladies on this subject–you already have your share of eye candy when it comes to sports.  Argue all you want, but if you’re watching sports, you get to see dozens of men at their physical peak trot out onto the field in skin-tight uniforms, so save the “that’s so sexist” rants for another day. Today is about appreciating the countless hours in the gym put in by these ladies in exchange for thirty seconds of camera time. So in honor of all the hard work these ladies do to make our sports viewing more enjoyable, here is our list of the top ten hottest female sports reporters.  
 
#10. Nicole Briscoe (ESPN)
Briscoe, who has worked for ESPN since 2008, currently hosts “NASCAR Now” and is a co-host for “NASCAR Countdown,” which air prior to NASCAR races on ESPN.  I have personally seen Briscoe close-up from my adventures at Bristol Motor Speedway, and she definitely deserves to be on this list.  Briscoe gained national attention by co-hosting Speed Channel’s The Speed Report from 2006-2008.  Another fun fact is that Briscoe was a cheerleader with fellow NASCAR hottie Danica Patrick at Hononegah High School in 1996.

Nicole Briscoe

 #9. Charissa Thompson (ESPN)
Thompson is the co-host of Sportsnation with Colin Cowherd shown daily on ESPN, and gives that show an added spark that old Colin can’t provide.  She has previously worked for Fox Sports, Versus, GSN, and the Big Ten Network.  She began her career working for FSN Rocky Mountain doing its weekly news magazine show “Rockies All Access” for the Colorado Rockies.

Charissa Thompson

#8. Lindsay Czarniak (ESPN)
Czarniak is one of ESPN’s newest reporters, joining the network in 2011.  She is probably the most “visable” reporter due to her role on Sportscenter, which airs approximately 27 times per day. Prior to her time with ESPN, Czarniak worked in the Washington D.C. area for NBC4 as one of their main sports anchors and reporters.  She has also reported for TNT’s coverage of NASCAR in 2007 and 2008.


#7. Erin Andrews (Fox Sports)
Considered the original “Goddess” of attractive female sports reporters, Andrews has been doing sideline reporting/broadcasting since 2001.  Early in her career she worked the sidelines for the Atlanta professional teams including the Braves and Hawks.  She was hired by ESPN in 2004 where she got national fame by doing sideline reporting for College Gameday during footfall and basketball season.  She left ESPN in June of 2012 to join FOX, where she helps host a college football show.  She also does sideline reporting for MLB and the NFL. 

#6. Jenn Sterger
Sterger gained national attention at a 2005 Florida State versus Miami game in which the cameras zoomed in on her in the crowd dressed in a cowboy hat, low-cut shirt, and jean shorts, and ABC commentator Brent Musburger famously said, “1,500 red-blooded Americans just decided to apply to Florida State.”  She has worked for Sports Illustrated as a writer in which she had a feature in SI.com’s “Scorecard Daily.”  She is also infamously known as a sideline reporter for the New York Jets.  She sparked headlines with former Jets quarterback Brett Favre, who allegedly sent her suggestive texts and photos of himself.  In 2011 Sterger worked as a reporter for specials on Fuel TV.

#5. Ines Sainz (Azteca Deportes)
Sainz currently works for CNN en Espanol as well as for Azteca Deportes.  She hosts the Spanish-language sports interview program called DxTips.  She also works in the English language as a boxing match hostess.  An interesting note about her upbringing in Mexico City is that she earned a black belt in taekwondo by the age of fourteen.  She earned her blackbelt in hotness a few years later.  In 2007 Sainz covered Super Bowl XLI (she has covered at least six Super Bowls) to promote U.S. football to the Mexican audience and, according to The Palm Beach Post, was “photographed as much as Payton Manning” while at the game.


#4. Heidi Watney (Time Warner Cable)
Watney began her sports casting career for ESPN radio on AM 1430 KFIG based out of Fresno, California.  She has also spent time working for the Boston Red Sox as the on-field reporter for “The Red Sox Report” and “The Ultimate Red Sox Show” for Boston’s regional sports network NESN.  She currently works as a sideline reporter for Time Warner Cable Net in Los Angeles.

 
#3. Jenn Brown (ESPN)
Besides being one of the best looking reporters on our list, Brown probably is hands down the best athlete.  While in high school near the Orlando area Brown lettered in fourteen sports and played softball at the University of Florida for four years on a softball scholarship.  Brown currently is ESPN’s main attraction on the College Gameday set for football and basketball.

#2. Leeann Tweeden (Fox Sports West)
Tweeden started out as a Hooter’s hostess before her modeling and sports reporting career took off.  She was named one of the top twenty-five Hooter’s girls of all-time in 2008 by the restaurant franchise.  Tweeden was also a correspondent for Fox Sport Net’s Best Damn Sports Show from 2000-2007.  She currently does the pre and post game coverage for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Fox Sports West.


#1. Lisa Dergan Podsednik (Fox Sports) 
Dergan got her beginning in the spotlight as Playboy’s playmate of the month in 1998.  She joined Fox Sports Net in 2002 and has interviewed a slew of top notch athletes through the years including Tiger Woods, John Elway and Chuck Liddell.  Since then, she has used the linguistic skills that she learned as a reporter (as well as her hotness) to snag current hubby, Boston Red Sox outfielder Scott Podsednik.

By: Craig Emmert

Top 10 Ugliest NFL Coaches of All Time

With the first week of the NFL season behind us, my wife couldn’t help but notice a coach or two on the sidelines that was hideously ugly.  With her inspiration, I thought why not search for some highly unattractive generals of the greatest league on earth.  Most of these coaches are now retired, out of the game, and most importantly away from our big screens on Sunday afternoons.  Here is our top 10 ugliest NFL coaches of all-time.  Feel free to inform us of anyone who should have made this shameful list.
 
#10- Norv Turner (1985-Present)
Turner enters his sixth season with San Diego has yet to make it to the big game that fans in southern California are longing for.  Turner has been a football coach of some kind since 1975, but in the NFL since 1985.  At sixty years of age, Turner may have the most wrinkled up neck of any coach in NFL history.  Don’t look for it to get any smoother this year as the Chargers may struggle.

#9- Dave Wannstedt (1989-Present)
Wannstedt, who is currently the Buffalo Bills Defensive Coordinator, has always been known for his mustache.  A look not donned by most men, Wannstedt has remained true to his fashion and never lost it.  Based on his NFL career record of 82-86, maybe next time he takes a head job he should loss the stache. 

#8- Wade Phillips (1976-present)
Phillips who is currently the Defensive Coordinator for the Houston Texans has always been given a hard time by his critics of not really knowing how to handle a  team as a head coach.  His grey hair, Texas accent, and heavy-set profile have always made me feel a little bad for him when things have been out of his control on the sideline.  His expressions out of frustration have always been fun to see.  Out of his thirty-five years of coaching in the NFL, twenty-two of them have been as the Defensive Coordinator. 

#7- Ray Handley (1984-1992)
Handley, who coached the New York Giants for two seasons from 1991-1992, failed to keep the Giants atop the NFC East and never made the playoffs.  His big eye glasses and bald head were his fashionable downfalls.  He has really disappeared from the NFL spotlight and public eye and lives in the Lake Tahoe area. Based on the photo below, I hope he doesn’t hunt me down and tie me up in his basement. 

#6- Jim Mora (1978-2001)
Mora’s most famous moment may be his 2001 “Playoffs” tirade that has always made top ten lists for best or funniest post game speeches.  His grey hair and facial mannerisms were always hilarious to see from the sidelines.  He currently does game analysis for the Saints whom he coached for ten years.

#5- Dom Capers (1984-Present)
Capers, who hasn’t been a head coach since the 2005 season, is currently the Defensive Coordinator for the Green Bay Packers.  His two head coaching jobs were with expansion teams (Carolina and Houston).  Known for his seventeen hour work day schedules, Capers is victim to the classic hair comb-over.  His five hours of sleep per night will cause that, I suppose.

#4- Marion Campbell (1974-1989)
Campbell, who coached two separate teams (Atlanta and Philadelphia), is considered by most to be one of the worst head coaches in NFL history.  His overall record of 34-80 is the third lowest winning percentage for coaches who have coached at least three seasons.  The large bulky eye glasses that Campbell wore were his fashion downfall and could have caused some bad luck on the sidelines for him.

 #3- Rich Kotite (1978-1996)
Kotite was head coach for the Eagles and Jets between 1991-1996.  Although he led the Eagles to two winning seasons in 1991 and 1992, Kotite received no brotherly love in Philadelphia, getting fired in 1994.  He then only won four games in two seasons for the New York Jets.  His near bald head and large glasses made him easy to spot on the sidelines.  He now works for the NFL network and NFL films on different projects.

#2- Bill Parcells (1979-2010)
Parcells, who is considered by many to be one of the NFL’s best coaches, has had eleven assistants under him become head coaches in the NFL.  His post game press conferences were quite comical during his tenure in Dallas.  The tight nut-huggers he’s sporting in this picture to go along with his heavy set frame earned him just about the top on our list.  #1- Rob Ryan (1994-Present)
Ryan, who is the only one on our list that hasn’t been a head coach, currently is the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys.  With his wavy, grayish-blond, long hair, Ryan is impossible to miss on the sidelines during Sunday afternoons.  If someone could convince him to cut his hair, I think opposing offenses would respect him more and it may knock him further down this list.

By: Craig Emmert

Top 10 NFL Running Backs of All Time

With the NFL season less than a week away, players are chomping at the bit to get after it with someone else other than their practice squad.  Fans, (myself included) are ready to see some great Sunday afternoon smash-mouth football.  All thirty-two NFL teams would love to have a great running game, and the reality is, that it all comes down to the quality of your back.  Today, we’re seeing a lot more of the “two back” system, because the reality is, every team doesn’t have a back with all of the qualities of a three-down back such as Arian Foster or Ray Rice.  In honor of the retired greats who have made the running back position so popular, here are my top ten NFL running backs of all time. (*Note: only backs that have played an entire career and are currently retired are in this list).  
 

“The Bus” ran over opponents for 13 seasons and ended his career with a Super Bowl win in his hometown of Detroit.

#10- Jerome Bettis (1993-2005- Rams/Steelers)
“The Bus” is probably the largest running back in NFL history to have the most success.  For thirteen seasons, he used his great footwork and power running to rush for 13,662 yards and 91 rushing touchdowns for the Rams and Steelers.  He ended his career in storybook fashion, by winning Super Bowl XL in his hometown of Detroit. 
 
#9- Tony Dorsett (1977-1988- Cowboys/Broncos)
During Dorsett’s twelve year career he rushed for 1,000 or more yards eight times with his best effort coming in 1981 when he rushed for 1,646 yards.  For his career he rushed for 12,739 yards and 77 rushing touchdowns.  He holds the NFL record for longest run from scrimmage at ninety-nine yards against the Vikings on Monday Night Football in 1983.  He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1994.
 
#8- Eric Dickerson (1983-1993- Rams/Colts/ Raiders/ Falcons)
During Dickerson’s eleven seasons, he rushed for 13,259 yards and 90 rushing touchdowns.  He made six Pro Bowls from 1983-1988 and was a four time NFL rushing champion between 1983-1988.  During his first year of eligibility in 1999, Dickerson was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  He still has the single season rushing record in the NFL during the 1984 season at 2,105 yards.  
 
#7- Curtis Martin (1995-2005- Patriots/Jets)
During Martin’s eleven seasons in the NFL, he rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of them up to his final year.  His 14,101 rushing yards is fourth most all-time in NFL History.  He was a five time Pro Bowler between 1995-2004, and became the oldest leading rusher in a single season at thirty-one years of age in 2004 with 1,697 yards.  He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this past August.
 
#6- O.J. Simpson (1969-1979- Bills/49ers)
O.J Simpson’s five 1,000 yard rushing seasons and six Pro Bowl selections were just some of the highlights of his eleven year pro career.  In 1973, he became the first pro player to rush for over 2,000 yards in a single season by gaining 2,003 yards.  From 1972-1976 Simpson won the NFL rushing title four times.  For his career Simpson  gained 11,236 yards and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985.  Simpson’s legal issues have highlighted his post football life, highlighted by his acquittal in the 1994 murder of his late ex-wife and her boyfriend.
 
#5- LaDainian Tomlinson (2001-2011- Chargers/Jets)
“LT” holds numerous records that he established during his eleven year pro career.  His 13,684 rushing yards ranks fifth all-time.  He holds NFL records for total touchdowns in a single season (31), rushing touchdowns in a single season (28) and most points scored in a single season at 186.  There are plenty more to list, so hit up NFL.com’s stat link, and LT’s more specific career records can blow you away.  He led the NFL in rushing twice and made the Pro Bowl five times between 2002-2007.  On June 18th, 2012, LT signed a ceremonial contract with Chargers to retire with the team he played the majority of his career with.
 

Smith’s 18,355 yards is the set standard for today’s running backs to aim for someday in their careers.

#4- Emmitt Smith (1990-2004- Cowboys/Cardinals)
Smith is the NFL’s all-time rushing leader with an astounding 18,355 yards.  He also holds the NFL record for career rushing touchdowns at 164.  Smith’s longevity at playing fifteen seasons helped him break Walter Payton’s previous record.  Smith’s rushing style wasn’t flashing, but his field vision to follow blockers, leg strength, and stamina made him hard to stop on the field.  For his career, Smith had eight Pro Bowl selections and four NFL rushing titles.  He was selected to the Hall of Fame in 2010.
 
#3- Walter Payton (1975-1987- Bears)
“Sweetness” is the NFL’s longest holder of having the most career rushing yards.  Payton rushed for 16,726 yards, taking the record from Jim Brown in 1984, and held it until 2002 when Emmit Smith broke it.  He was the 1977 NFL MVP, and also was a nine time Pro Bowl selection between 1976-1986.  In February of 1999, Payton died from complications of the bile duct cancer that he had.
 
#2- Barry Sanders (1989-1998- Lions)
Sanders retired ranked second on the NFL’s all-time rushing list behind Walter Payton with 15,269 yards.  Growing up a Lions fan, I may be a bit biased, but if Sanders would have played five more season, like Emmit Smith did, there is no doubt I feel that he would have the all-time record for total rushing yards.  Like Jim Brown, Sanders was a Pro Bowler all ten seasons he played in.  He also led the league in rushing four times between 1990-1997.
 

Brown played in 26 fewer games compared to today’s running backs who play in 16 games per season, but still managed 12,312 yards in 9 seasons.

#1- Jim Brown (1957-1965- Browns)
Jim Brown’s 12,312 yards is ranked ninth all-time.  When Brown retired in 1965, he was still on the top of his game rushing for 1,544 yards, the second most of his career.  The most amazing figure of Brown’s statistics, is that he only played in twelve game seasons between 1957-1960.  The NFL season then expanded to fourteen games for the remainder of his career.  Based on those numbers, Brown missed out on twenty-six games compared to later running backs who had sixteen game seasons. That is almost two seasons of rushing yards that could have been added to his numbers.  Brown was a Pro Bowler every season during his nine year career, and led the league in rushing eight times.

By: Craig Emmert