NFL Bruisers: Bettis, Jacobs, and the Most Crushing Runs of the Past Decade

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NFL Bruisers: Bettis, Jacobs, and the Most Crushing Runs of the Past Decade
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Every fan loves to see his team's running back break off a huge run, scoring touchdowns on 75-yard scampers while dodging tacklers.

Though such plays can be fun to watch, there is something truly satisfying when the running back knocks a defender out of his shoes, even for a short gain.

In their primes, guys like Brandon Jacobs and Jerome Bettis struck fear into the hearts of even the most hardened defenders.

These pounders give no quarter, and any defender unfortunate enough to face them in a game can count on having his head rattled at least once.

Here, we will examine some running plays that take the concept of "hard hitting" being a defensive highlight and knock it on its back. Quite literally.

Enjoy.

(Note, I don't own any of the footage in this slideshow)

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