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

The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

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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.

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

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  1. 1
    Up 2911
    Down 703
    1968 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 2135
    Down 659

    the people's #1
    Jim Brown

    1936 More
    96
  3. 3
    Up 2419
    Down 849

    most listed
    Walter Payton

    1954 More
    95
  4. 4
    Up 1530
    Down 617
    1955 More
    87
  5. 5
    Up 1635
    Down 683
    1985 More
    79
  6. 6
    Up 1010
    Down 677
    1960 More
    78
  7. 7
    Up 1079
    Down 787
    1943 More
    75
  8. 8
    Up 1298
    Down 1201

    controversial
    Emmitt Smith

    1969 More
    74
  9. 9
    Up 1267
    Down 623

    ranked low on reranks
    Bo Jackson

    1962 More
    74
  10. 10
    Up 1060
    Down 917
    1947 More
    73
  11. 11
    Up 880
    Down 676
    1973 More
    72
  12. 12
    Up 959
    Down 602

    ranked low on reranks
    Marcus Allen

    1960 More
    72
  13. 13
    Up 910
    Down 731
    1979 More
    71
  14. 14
    Up 735
    Down 877

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tony Dorsett

    1954 More
    62
  15. 15
    Up 673
    Down 410
    1888 More
    61
  16. 16
    Up 621
    Down 500
    1949 More
    59
  17. 17
    Up 633
    Down 521
    1946 More
    59
  18. 18
    Up 581
    Down 524
    1973 More
    57
  19. 19
    Up 749
    Down 408

    ranked low on reranks
    Chuck Foreman

    1950 More
    56
  20. 20
    Up 499
    Down 463
    1908 More
    54
  21. 21
    Up 539
    Down 506
    1962 More
    54
  22. 22
    Up 473
    Down 416
    1903 More
    54
  23. 23
    Up 465
    Down 638

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Franco Harris

    1950 More
    53
  24. 24
    Up 479
    Down 673

    often listed &controversial
    Jerome Bettis

    1972 More
    52
  25. 25
    Up 464
    Down 385

    ranked low on reranks
    Roger Craig

    1960 More
    52
  26. 26
    Up 443
    Down 549

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Thurman Thomas

    1966 More
    51
  27. 27
    Up 165
    Down 80

    Marcus Allen

    51
  28. 28
    Up 403
    Down 349

    ranked low on reranks
    Jim Taylor

    1935 More
    50
  29. 29
    Up 455
    Down 604

    controversial
    Terrell Davis

    1972 More
    49
  30. 30
    Up 361
    Down 287

    ranked low on reranks
    Paul Hornung

    1935 More
    48
  31. 31
    Up 306
    Down 382
    1920 More
    45
  32. 32
    Up 249
    Down 345

    controversial
    Steve Van Buren

    1920 More
    43
  33. 33
    Up 173
    Down 158

    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Billy Sims

    1955 More
    40
  34. 34
    Up 197
    Down 340

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Edgerrin James

    1978 More
    40
  35. 35
    Up 163
    Down 172

    niche appeal
    Eddie George

    1973 More
    40
  36. 36
    Up 226
    Down 233

    niche appeal
    Marshawn Lynch

    1986 More
    40
  37. 37
    Up 227
    Down 271

    controversial &niche appeal
    Frank Gore

    1983 More
    39
  38. 38
    Up 66
    Down 63
    1988 More
    39
    added by: BobbyMoore
  39. 39
    Up 188
    Down 335

    controversial
    Shaun Alexander

    1977 More
    38
  40. 40
    Up 161
    Down 224
    1969 More
    38
  41. 41
    Up 196
    Down 289

    controversial
    Priest Holmes

    1973 More
    38
  42. 42
    Up 14
    Down 25
    1927 More
    38
    added by: AlvinCallion
    Fletcher Joseph "Joe" Perry (January 22, 1927 – April 25, 2011) was a professional ... more
  43. 43
    Up 187
    Down 241

    niche appeal
    Ricky Williams

    1977 More
    37
  44. 44
    Up 216
    Down 289

    niche appeal
    Arian Foster

    1986 More
    37
  45. 45
    Up 198
    Down 270

    niche appeal
    Steven Jackson

    1983 More
    36
  46. 46
    Up 207
    Down 307

    niche appeal
    Ray Rice

    1987 More
    36
    added by: LisaSchaffner
  47. 47
    Up 181
    Down 288

    niche appeal
    Maurice Jones-Drew

    1985 More
    36
  48. 48
    Up 143
    Down 203

    Edgerin James

    35
  49. 49
    Up 113
    Down 151

    niche appeal
    Curt Warner

    1961 More
    35
  50. 50
    Up 137
    Down 190
    1947 More
    34
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