Total Titans’ all-time franchise team: RB


Thanks to all of you who participated in the all-time Titan/Oiler†quarterback poll. In a tightly contested battle, Steve McNair edged out Hall of Famer Warren Moon in the vote for all-time franchise QB.
Next up in our series of polls is the running back position.

Earl Campbell (1978-1984)
The first overall pick of the 1978 NFL Draft, Campbell was the very definition of a freight train as he often punished the defenders who stood in his way to daylight. A five-time Pro Bowler, Campbell rushed for a career-high 1,934 yards in 1980.
One of the highlights of his storied career took place on November 20, 1978, when he put on a show for the entire nation during his 199-yard/4 touchdown Monday Night performance against the Dolphins.
Campbell, who still holds the franchise mark for career rushing touchdowns (73), was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame in 1991.
Eddie George (1996-2003)
Other than Steve McNair, perhaps no one personified Tennessee Titan football more than Eddie George. Eddie was Jeff Fisher’s battering ram for eight years, rushing for over 1,000 yards in all but one of his seasons in Nashville (2001).
My lasting memory of George is his dependability. He didn’t miss a regular season game during his tenure with the Titans and was called upon often as Jeff Fisher’s lead back. Eddie piled up a ton of carries and despite being on the receiving end of a lot of punishing hits, he was a model of consistency.
George finished his career as the franchise’s all-time leading rusher (10,009 yards).
The best of the rest
Mike Rozier (1985-1990) Mike had a fantastic career as a Nebraska†Cornhusker, but was unable to translate his college success onto the NFL playing field. Rozier did rush for 1,002 yards in 1988 and was a member of the AFC Pro Bowl team in 1987 and 1988.
Lorenzo White (1988-1994) the franchise’s 3rd all-time leading rusher, White was the primary back on the “Run and shoot” Oiler teams that favored the forward pass over the running game.
White rushed for a career-high 1,226 yards in 1992, which earned him a spot on the AFC’s Pro Bowl roster that year.
Charley Tolar (1960-1966) the franchise’s fifth all-time leading rusher, the diminutive Tolar (5’6″ 199lbs) was a Pro Bowler on two Oiler teams that reached the AFL championship in 1961/1962.
Hoyle Granger (1966-1972) Also a two-time Pro Bowler (1967-1968), Granger led the AFL in yards from scrimmage in 1967 (1,494 yards).
Who is your choice for all-time Titan/Oiler RB?


7 Responses to “Total Titans’ all-time franchise team: RB”

  1. David H. Says:

    Only two running backs in the history of the NFL ever rushed for 10,000 career rush yards without missing a start. One of them is Jim Brown (Hall of Fame). The other… “Steady Eddie”. That stat seems really obscure and overlooked but, I can assure you that in this day and age with the amount of punishment that RB’s take and the length of the pre-season, regular season and post season, that is quite an accomplishment.
    Earl Campbell was a heismen trophy winner with the University of Texas, but wait… so was Eddie with “The Ohio State University”. Earl was a staple in the Oilerís backfield through the late 70’s to early 80’s. Eddie was the definition of a “Workhorse” from 96 through 03. I can remember vividly before the emergence of Derrick Mason when our entire offense consisted of 5 plays… Eddie left, Eddie right, Eddie draw, Eddie counter, Wycheck pass.
    I think that Eddie had the benefit of playing with a better QB (McNair) throughout his career with Houston/Tennessee than Campbell. My vote is for 27, the franchise all time leading rusher. No one in either respective fan base (Houston/Tennessee) can say that they didnít admire #27ís leadership, determination, durability, productivity and professionalism more that Eddie George. EDDIE! EDDIE! EDDIE! EDDIE!!!! In my opinion I think he definitely belongs in canton.

  2. I.jason Says:

    I think this choice is similar to the choice for QB (which I think we got wrong, by the way).
    This is a very tough one. Eddie racked up more yards, but Campbell racked up more per year. Only twice did Campbell have fewer than 1300 yards in a season for this franchise, and one of those he only played 8 games before getting traded – the other, he was hurt, and only played 9 games. Eddie was “Steady Eddie,” never missing a game, but Campbell only missed six games to injuries in his career.
    Stats are pretty even, Eddie with more total yards (both rushing and total from scrimmage), but Campbell with more yards per season on average, a better YPC average, and more TDs.
    I think, in the end, you have to side with Mean Joe Green’s assessment that Campbell could do more damage to another team than any other back he’s ever faced.
    Then again, Eddie’s Eddie.

  3. wheels Says:

    This is not about stats. Earl Campbell was one of the most dominent RB’s of all-time. He was a one man band and couldn’t be stopped even though everyone knew he was getting the ball. He won the NFL MVP his first 3 years in the league. In his era it was Earl and Walter Payton.
    Eddie was a good RB, very good. But he was not dominent.
    Earl gets my vote

  4. Scott Says:

    I am a big Eddie George fan and know that he was a big part of the success the Titans experienced in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but he is not a hall of famer. Earl Campbell is a hall of famer and was the best running back in the league during his formative years.

  5. Markus Says:

    well, with a T (or wing, depending on where you’re from) formation we can use 2 wingbacks-Eddie and Earl…too tough to call…stats being what they may, if we can only take 1, the here is the most important stat of all:
    Earl: HOF
    Eddie: n/a
    I love me some Eddie George, but c’mon…it’s EARL FREAKIN’ CAMPBELL!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Drexel Perry Says:

    Campbell’s heydey took place before my time but based on all accounts, he was an all-time great.
    Eddie was the man, but my vote goes to Earl.

  7. Tom Gower Says:

    Earl, Earl, Earl, Earl, Earl all the way. There’s simply no question on this one. Each had about the same number of “peak” years, and while Eddie at his peak was pretty good, Earl at his peak was clearly the best RB in the NFL and on a team that didn’t have as many good offensive “skill position” players.

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