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 3124
      Down 760
      1968 More
      100
    2. 2
      Up 2270
      Down 723

      the people's #1
      Jim Brown

      1936 More
      95
    3. 3
      Up 2596
      Down 879

      most listed
      Walter Payton

      1954 More
      95
    4. 4
      Up 1629
      Down 674
      1955 More
      86
    5. 5
      Up 1754
      Down 748
      1985 More
      79
    6. 6
      Up 1101
      Down 725
      1960 More
      78
    7. 7
      Up 1176
      Down 836
      1943 More
      75
    8. 8
      Up 1416
      Down 1269
      1969 More
      74
    9. 9
      Up 1377
      Down 670

      ranked low on reranks
      Bo Jackson

      1962 More
      74
    10. 10
      Up 971
      Down 719
      1973 More
      73
    11. 11
      Up 1136
      Down 979
      1947 More
      72
    12. 12
      Up 1040
      Down 636
      1960 More
      72
    13. 13
      Up 1001
      Down 773
      1979 More
      71
    14. 14
      Up 806
      Down 915

      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Tony Dorsett

      1954 More
      63
    15. 15
      Up 731
      Down 447
      1888 More
      61
    16. 16
      Up 673
      Down 536
      1949 More
      59
    17. 17
      Up 675
      Down 568
      1946 More
      59
    18. 18
      Up 623
      Down 572
      1973 More
      57
    19. 19
      Up 772
      Down 456

      ranked low on reranks
      Chuck Foreman

      1950 More
      55
    20. 20
      Up 593
      Down 542
      1962 More
      55
    21. 21
      Up 534
      Down 499
      1908 More
      54
    22. 22
      Up 508
      Down 446
      1903 More
      53
    23. 23
      Up 505
      Down 671

      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Franco Harris

      1950 More
      53
    24. 24
      Up 529
      Down 705
      1972 More
      52
    25. 25
      Up 502
      Down 415

      ranked low on reranks
      Roger Craig

      1960 More
      51
    26. 26
      Up 500
      Down 577

      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Thurman Thomas

      1966 More
      51
    27. 27
      Up 435
      Down 379

      ranked low on reranks
      Jim Taylor

      1935 More
      50
    28. 28
      Up 517
      Down 630
      1972 More
      49
    29. 29
      Up 388
      Down 320

      ranked low on reranks
      Paul Hornung

      1935 More
      47
    30. 30
      Up 273
      Down 374

      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Steve Van Buren

      1920 More
      43
    31. 31
      Up 318
      Down 423
      1920 More
      43
    32. 32
      Up 202
      Down 181
      1955 More
      42
    33. 33
      Up 200
      Down 198
      1973 More
      41
    34. 34
      Up 271
      Down 262

      ranked low on reranks
      Marshawn Lynch

      1986 More
      40
    35. 35
      Up 223
      Down 379

      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Edgerrin James

      1978 More
      40
    36. 36
      Up 101
      Down 100
      1988 More
      40
      added by: BobbyMoore
    37. 37
      Up 267
      Down 304
      1983 More
      39
    38. 38
      Up 197
      Down 248
      1969 More
      39
    39. 39
      Up 229
      Down 315
      1973 More
      38
    40. 40
      Up 215
      Down 361
      1977 More
      38
    41. 41
      Up 28
      Down 57
      1927 More
      37
      added by: AlvinCallion
      Fletcher Joseph "Joe" Perry (January 22, 1927 – April 25, 2011) was a professional ... more
    42. 42
      Up 240
      Down 320
      1986 More
      36
    43. 43
      Up 208
      Down 277
      1977 More
      36
    44. 44
      Up 226
      Down 299
      1983 More
      36
    45. 45
      Up 137
      Down 173
      1961 More
      36
    46. 46
      Up 198
      Down 323
      1985 More
      35
    47. 47
      Up 160
      Down 231

      Edgerin James

      35
    48. 48
      Up 226
      Down 343
      1987 More
      35
      added by: LisaSchaffner
    49. 49
      Up 153
      Down 220
      1947 More
      34
    50. 50
      Up 89
      Down 129
      1976 More
      33
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