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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    the people's #1 1968

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  2. 2
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    most listed 1954

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  3. 3
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    Down 823

    1936

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  4. 4
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    Down 802

    1955

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  5. 5
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    Down 915

    1985

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  6. 6
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    Down 814

    1960

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  7. 7
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    Down 917

    1943

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  8. 8
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    Down 764

    ranked low on reranks 1962

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  9. 9
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    1973

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  10. 10
    Up 1653
    Down 1382

    1969

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    1979

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    Up 1152
    Down 703

    1960

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    Up 1271
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    1947

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1954

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  15. 15
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    ranked low on reranks 1888

    open
  16. 16
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    Down 609

    1949

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  17. 17
    Up 744
    Down 640

    1946

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  18. 18
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    ranked low on reranks 1950

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    1973

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    Down 607

    1962

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  21. 21
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    1908

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    1903

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    Down 735

    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1950

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    1972

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  25. 25
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    ranked low on reranks 1960

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  26. 26
    Up 586
    Down 639

    1966

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    Up 475
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    ranked low on reranks 1935

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  28. 28
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    Down 678

    1972

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    Up 423
    Down 369

    1935

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    1986

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    1983

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    1955

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    Down 248

    1973

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  34. 34
    Up 302
    Down 425

    1920

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  35. 35
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    1920

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  36. 36
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    1978

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  37. 37
    Up 236
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    1969

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  38. 38
    Up 268
    Down 369

    1973

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  39. 39
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    1983

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    1977

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  41. 41
    Up 247
    Down 330

    1977

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  42. 42
    Up 279
    Down 370

    1986

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  43. 43
    Up 117
    Down 147

    1942

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  44. 44
    Up 184
    Down 263

    1947

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  45. 45
    Up 164
    Down 218

    1961

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  46. 46
    Up 136
    Down 172

    1985

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  47. 47
    Up 237
    Down 379

    1985

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  48. 48
    Up 106
    Down 142

    1979

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  49. 49
    Up 169
    Down 279

    1975

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    1976

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