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Eric Dickerson: Le'Veon Bell the NFL's best RB over Ezekiel Elliott

Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson would choose Le'Veon Bell over Ezekiel Elliott as the NFL's current top running back. Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports

The Le'Veon Bell-Ezekiel Elliott debate has a chance to captivate for the next three-to-five years.

Former tailback great Eric Dickerson cast his vote this week on a Facebook Live feed for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Here's how Dickerson broke things down when discussing modern game's best back:

"I have to say it's between Le'Veon Bell and Ezekiel Elliott. I think, for me, I think I have to go Le'Veon Bell. He does so many things, coming out of the backfield, lining up outside. He's big. I'm partial to big backs. I'm 6-foot-3. I think Le'Veon Bell, to me, is the best back in the NFL."

This comment is sure to rankle Cowboys fans who watched Elliott break off 1,631 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns as a rookie. In his fourth NFL season, Bell averaged 157 total yards per game, third-most all time for a running back.

Elliott is 21. Bell is 25. Both have many more years left to settle any debate. Both play behind stellar offensive lines and can beat defenses in different ways, Elliott with a vicious speed-power combo and Bell with footwork, precision and instincts.

This matchup is poised to reach Nas/Jay-Z levels of rivalry.