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Prime Numbers looks at No. 20 on Friday

Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders is carrie AP

As the Prime Numbers series hits the 20th day of the month, why not consider No. 20?

And that’s the closest thing to a formula that we’ve devised for this thing.

At 5:30 p.m. ET on Friday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN, we’ll present your vote as to the best of the best who have worn No. 20.

We’ll count down the top three from the following six.  Vote for up to two.

Then tune in on Friday at 5:30 p.m. ET.

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34 Responses to “Prime Numbers looks at No. 20 on Friday”
  1. volcom2143 says: Jun 19, 2014 10:36 PM

    Brian Dawkins

  2. ctiggs says: Jun 19, 2014 10:40 PM

    Number 20 is the best RB in history.

  3. calvinthegreat81 says: Jun 19, 2014 10:53 PM

    Honestly, anyone who even voted for any other player than the all time greatest Barry Sanders is an idiot.

  4. jghs38 says: Jun 19, 2014 10:55 PM

    Great list of names, really, but we all know Barry is on top for a reason. Ronde Barber had a great career with the Bucs and Ed Reed was great until he left the Ravens. Brian Dawkins was also a beast but Barry is the true best #20.

  5. philhartmanonic says: Jun 19, 2014 11:11 PM

    I want to meet the man that thinks Ronde Barber is better than Barry Sanders. Agree or disagree, that position requires some personal fortitude to hold.

  6. nevernudetobias says: Jun 19, 2014 11:19 PM

    Whoever didn’t vote Barry Sanders in the top 2 (He only has 61% as I write this) don’t get to vote in anything ever again.

  7. pfatl says: Jun 19, 2014 11:23 PM

    Much as I’d love to have the Dawkins-Reed discussion, it’s Barry sanders.

  8. bigjayoakersonfan says: Jun 19, 2014 11:39 PM

    Like there was no doubt that Deion Sanders was the greatest to ever wear 21, there’s absolutely zero doubt who’s the greatest to ever wear twenty: It’s another Sanders.

    As far as mesmerizing and jaw-dropping agility and shiftiness is concerned, Sanders has no peer in the history of the game. In open space, or with defenders attempting to corral him, I’ve never seen a more aesthetically pleasing runner.

    The man was simply a marvel and beautiful to watch. Positively gorgeous, like a fine painting.

    Teams entire game plans were generally focused on and built solely on the notion of stopping him because he played on some awful Lions teams and there generally wasn’t too much to be concerned about. And teams still couldn’t contain him.

    It’s Barry Sanders, and there’s no one else even worth mentioning.

  9. nite2al says: Jun 19, 2014 11:47 PM

    Ed Reed gets my vote! Very valuable game-changer for a player who was not on offense.

    Barry Sanders was a pure highlight reel, but a drive killer as well. Too many negative runs and not particularly good at the goal line. Most people wouldn’t agree, but I would take Emmitt Smith any day of the week over Sanders. He might not get 80, but 5 yards keeps the drive going and he’s money at the goal line.

  10. nicofthenorthstar says: Jun 20, 2014 12:23 AM

    There is one #20. The best ball carrier of all time.

  11. itssocoldinthed says: Jun 20, 2014 1:19 AM

    Seriously, is there really any question?

  12. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jun 20, 2014 1:28 AM

    Barry. Distant 2nd goes to Ed Reed.

  13. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 20, 2014 1:35 AM

    Yeah I voted for the greatest football player to ever play. Best celebrations too. There were none. It was about the game.

  14. rukkus1 says: Jun 20, 2014 1:37 AM

    I only voted once cuz it’s not even close.

    Barry.

  15. texansfalcons says: Jun 20, 2014 2:00 AM

    Barry! Barry!

  16. veence69 says: Jun 20, 2014 5:06 AM

    I’m shocked to see so many votes for people NOT named Barry Sanders. Wtf is wrong with you?

  17. bpacha77511 says: Jun 20, 2014 5:22 AM

    3 words…… Barry FREAKIN’ Sanders!!!!!! That is all…..

  18. buckeye044 says: Jun 20, 2014 6:42 AM

    A great number for the Lions. Billy Sims wore it too.

  19. ballinmore says: Jun 20, 2014 7:51 AM

    As a Ravens fan I love Ed Reed but c’mon man without question it has to go to the best to ever do it at RB.

  20. wtfchiefs says: Jun 20, 2014 7:55 AM

    Barry Sanders, no question. 5’8″, 205 pounds and scared the crap out NFL defenses. He was simply amazing.

  21. guypatsfan says: Jun 20, 2014 7:59 AM

    Barry Sanders, the most entertaining back ever. He had so many fakes and such shiftiness that I swear he’d actually fake himself out! Maybe not the greatest running back ever, but the guy had no problems filling a stadium with fans who wanted to see what he’d do next.

  22. angrylionsfan says: Jun 20, 2014 8:41 AM

    There shouldn’t be any other person in this conversation besides Sanders. 20 is synonymous with his name like 23 is to Michael Jordan.

  23. 85bear says: Jun 20, 2014 9:58 AM

    Even if AP was on the list sanders would still get my vote. Maybe the best player of all time. Being a Bear fan, I hated playing the Lions. You just couldn’t tackle the guy. He was simply amazing to watch.

  24. bearsfan4life says: Jun 20, 2014 10:04 AM

    Definitely no Lions fan, but come on. How is this even a vote?

    Its not even close.

    Barry in a landslide.

    Put up a vote for the 2nd best #20 of all time and there can be a discussion.

  25. mancave001 says: Jun 20, 2014 10:55 AM

    It says pick 2. Sanders and Dawkins without question. How is Ed Reed even on the list?

  26. godfatherd says: Jun 20, 2014 11:51 AM

    If you picked anyone other than Barry, you’re wrong. Plain and simple. The guy averaged 1500yds over a 10 year period. No one even comes close to Barry.

  27. theboondoggles says: Jun 20, 2014 12:50 PM

    I’m very concerned about the nearly 2000 posters that came into work drunk and voted for Ed Reed. HR has been notified.

  28. jacktheraven says: Jun 20, 2014 5:07 PM

    Sanders then Ed Reed. End of discussion.

  29. bearsfan4life says: Jun 20, 2014 11:19 PM

    That is a great photo. I was at that game vs the Jets in the silverdome. Winner goes to the playoffs, loser goes home. The 3 things I remember

    1- Barry busted 2000 then ripped of a huge run on the next play

    2- the place was so loud it was deafening. The refs warned the crowd of a penalty if the fans didn’t quiet down. (Look it up, it was bizarre)

    3- the place went near silent when the lions LB got paralyzed

  30. Kolo Jezdec says: Jun 21, 2014 9:35 AM

    No doubt Mr. Sanders is the best #20, and probably Mr. Reed is next. But should have at least included Rocky Bleier on the list, greatest #20 to serve in Vietnam and earn 4 SB rings, and caught the game winning TD in SB XIII.

  31. durskichiro says: Jun 22, 2014 9:00 AM

    My top 20s in Pro Football history:
    1 Sanders: No question the best 20. However I would take 1 Simpson 2 Payton 3 Tomlinson 4 Brown 5 Dickerson and 6 Peterson before him. All top 15 all time players in my book.

    2 Reed: only Lott and Tunnell were better safeties
    3 Barney
    4 Dawkins
    5 Renfro
    6 Barber

  32. durskichiro says: Jun 22, 2014 9:03 AM

    Rocky Bleier, pride of Appleton Wisconsin. Thanks for your patriotic love for your fellow Americans and brave service to our country. A true all time tough guy.

  33. mancave001 says: Jun 22, 2014 4:24 PM

    I am still amazed at the number of people voting for and commenting I support of Ed Reed. I just do not understand.

  34. zeusdagod says: Jul 1, 2014 9:11 AM

    it’s unfortunate that Weapon X had to wear 20 because he wore it well… but the greatest 20 is easily Barry Sanders. But Dawk is right behind him!

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