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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 NFL running backs of all time? The goal is to determine the greatest running backs to ever play the game.

They are some of the fastest, most athletic sports stars in the game. These top athletes have been wowing fans across the country for years. Some of them currently play in the league, others are long-retired legends whose legacy will be remembered on and off the field for a long time. 

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 famous 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
    + 4610
    - 1191

    the people's #1 Running back

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  2. 2
    + 3934
    - 1243

    most listed Running back

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  3. 3
    + 3337
    - 1081

    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 2411
    - 1079

    Running back

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  5. 5
    + 1784
    - 1118

    Running back

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  6. 6
    + 2263
    - 971

    Running back

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  7. 7
    + 2303
    - 1739

    Running back

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  8. 8
    + 2515
    - 1361

    Running back

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  9. 9
    + 1781
    - 1222

    Running back, Return specialist

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 1633
    - 1084

    Running back

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  11. 11
    + 1717
    - 1110

    Running back

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  12. 12
    + 1546
    - 882

    Running back

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  13. 13
    + 1698
    - 1445

    Running back

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  14. 14
    + 1311
    - 1246

    Running back

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  15. 15
    + 1103
    - 720

    ranked low on reranks Running back, Punter, Placekicker

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 983
    - 805

    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 982
    - 787

    Running back, Return specialist

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 959
    - 849

    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 929
    - 867

    Running back

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  20. 20
    + 922
    - 993
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  21. 21
    + 960
    - 1034

    Running back

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  22. 22
    + 844
    - 869

    Running back

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  23. 23
    + 992
    - 758

    ranked low on reranks Running back

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 761
    - 626

    ranked low on reranks Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 900
    - 907

    Running back

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  26. 26
    + 720
    - 772

    Running back, Fullback

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  27. 27
    + 680
    - 680

    Running back

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  28. 28
    + 723
    - 537

    ranked low on reranks Running back

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  29. 29
    + 600
    - 580

    Running back, Fullback

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  30. 30
    + 603
    - 548

    Running back

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  31. 31
    + 529
    - 537
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  32. 32
    + 398
    - 396

    Running back

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  33. 33
    + 429
    - 633

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Running back

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  34. 34
    + 357
    - 378
    ) open
  35. 35
    + 411
    - 556

    Running back

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  36. 36
    + 397
    - 494

    Running back

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  37. 37
    + 455
    - 497

    Running back

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  38. 38
    + 340
    - 427

    Running back

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  39. 39
    + 416
    - 480

    Running back

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  40. 40
    + 326
    - 300

    ranked low on reranks Running back

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  41. 41
    + 373
    - 583

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Running back, Safety, Defensive back

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  42. 42
    + 387
    - 471

    Running back

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  43. 43
    + 385
    - 265

    ranked low on reranks & added by BobbyMoore Running back

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  44. 44
    + 395
    - 631

    Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

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  45. 45
    + 304
    - 416

    Running back

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  46. 46
    + 356
    - 534

    Running back, Return specialist

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  47. 47
    + 256
    - 391

    Running back, Halfback

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  48. 48
    + 193
    - 260

    Running back

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  49. 49
    + 253
    - 355

    Running back

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  50. 50
    + 143
    - 210
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