5. O.J. Simpson (HOF Class of 1985)
Simpson was the first back in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season — going for 2,003 in 1973 — and he did so when the league played only 14 games per season! The other six backs in NFL history to surpass 2,000 yards in a single season all needed 16 games to do so. As a former track star at USC, Simpson was known for his breakaway speed. As defenders closed in, Simpson always had another gear and exploded away from any would be tacklers. Unfortunately, Simpson’s individual talent never translated into much team success. Throughout his career he played in only one playoff game.