The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time Football Players (American)
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The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

List Criteria: Only running backs. Rank the players based on their career achievements in the NFL

This list of top NFL running backs of all time is ranked by football fans worldwide, for an expert opinion click here. Who are the best running backs of all time? The goal is to determine the greatest running backs to ever play the game.The list establishes individual rankings of specific running backs and helps answer the question, "Who is the best NFL running back in the world?" This list includes some legendary football players with a lot of rushing yards under their belt. Anyone can vote on the top running backs in history, which means these players are truly fan favorites.
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  1. 1
    Up 3755
    Down 960

    1968

    open
  2. 2
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    Down 999

    most listed 1954

    open
  3. 3
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    Down 869

    the people's #1 1936

    open
  4. 4
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    Down 856

    1955

    open
  5. 5
    Up 1430
    Down 858

    1960

    open
  6. 6
    Up 2055
    Down 1031

    1985

    open
  7. 7
    Up 1813
    Down 1440

    1969

    open
  8. 8
    Up 1440
    Down 969

    1943

    open
  9. 9
    Up 1254
    Down 845

    1973

    open
  10. 10
    Up 1698
    Down 822

    ranked low on reranks 1962

    open
  11. 11
    Up 1301
    Down 886

    1979

    open
  12. 12
    Up 1243
    Down 738

    1960

    open
  13. 13
    Up 1359
    Down 1166

    1947

    open
  14. 14
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    Down 1037

    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1954

    open
  15. 15
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    Down 552

    ranked low on reranks 1888

    open
  16. 16
    Up 800
    Down 657

    1949

    open
  17. 17
    Up 791
    Down 694

    1946

    open
  18. 18
    Up 753
    Down 711

    1973

    open
  19. 19
    Up 760
    Down 654

    1962

    open
  20. 20
    Up 656
    Down 778

    1950

    open
  21. 21
    Up 695
    Down 825

    1972

    open
  22. 22
    Up 614
    Down 604

    1908

    open
  23. 23
    Up 643
    Down 672

    1966

    open
  24. 24
    Up 840
    Down 589

    ranked low on reranks 1950

    open
  25. 25
    Up 579
    Down 544

    1903

    open
  26. 26
    Up 671
    Down 708

    1972

    open
  27. 27
    Up 593
    Down 516

    1960

    open
  28. 28
    Up 512
    Down 465

    1935

    open
  29. 29
    Up 445
    Down 416

    1935

    open
  30. 30
    Up 422
    Down 371

    1986

    open
  31. 31
    Up 404
    Down 398

    1983

    open
  32. 32
    Up 338
    Down 500

    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1978

    open
  33. 33
    Up 321
    Down 467

    1920

    open
  34. 34
    Up 361
    Down 518

    1920

    open
  35. 35
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    ranked low on reranks 1973

    open
  36. 36
    Up 268
    Down 272

    ranked low on reranks 1955

    open
  37. 37
    Up 289
    Down 449

    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1977

    open
  38. 38
    Up 261
    Down 335

    1969

    open
  39. 39
    Up 304
    Down 400

    1973

    open
  40. 40
    Up 304
    Down 378

    1983

    open
  41. 41
    Up 318
    Down 397

    1986

    open
  42. 42
    Up 285
    Down 359

    1977

    open
  43. 43
    Up 263
    Down 414

    1985

    open
  44. 44
    Up 202
    Down 313

    1975

    open
  45. 45
    Up 186
    Down 251

    1961

    open
  46. 46
    Up 195
    Down 172

    ranked low on reranks & added by BobbyMoore 1988

    open
  47. 47
    Up 134
    Down 182

    1942

    open
  48. 48
    Up 140
    Down 206

    1976

    open
  49. 49
    Up 208
    Down 296

    1947

    open
  50. 50
    Up 133
    Down 170

    1979

    open
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