Originally Posted by mightytitan9
If you insert Jim Brown directly into the NFL today, he's an average RB. If you let him train, and get his speed and agility up to todays standards, he'd be a pretty good one but still nothing close to he was back then. He was playng with scrubs for the most part. It's like having a 8th grader who developed way faster than anyone else and dominates against other 8th grades, is it really all that impressive? To me, it's really not.
Outside the first line which you cannot do anyway, you just don't know this with any certainty. It is constantly said that Jim Brown was ahead of his time and this was without the advanced high school, college and pro systems bringing him through. No reason not to believe that a man who ran a 4.5 forty then would not be quicker in todays NFL now.
I think the scrubs line really sums up the problem with this all time kind of argument. It is often bandied about but assumes that the NFL players of that era were just making up the numbers and had no business being there.
I mean what is really different now, you only have to check the to and fro on this board and you could surmise that in the opinion of many people the NFL is still full of scrubs.