Style points from NFL's running men

From the high-stepping of Sweetness to the elusiveness of Barry Sanders, Page 2's Eric Neel examines the styles of the NFL's best runners.

Updated: October 30, 2002, 10:37 AM ET
By Eric Neel | Page 2 columnist

Running is a style thing. Yardage is the coin of the NFL realm (especially now, with the career rushing record about to change hands), but the way a back moves -- the bob and weave, the shimmy and shake on his way from point A to point B -- is what moves us, and what stays with us long after he's done.

When you think of style, you think of ...

Jim Brown, in the sepia tones of old film, knees-up, brushing defenders aside like a cowcatcher on the front of a train, his shoulders and helmet ...

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