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
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    the people's #1 Running back

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  2. 2
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    Down 1107

    most listed Running back

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  3. 3
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    Down 994

    Running back, Fullback

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  4. 4
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    Down 992

    Running back

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  5. 5
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    Down 1000

    Running back

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  6. 6
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    Down 1584

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Running back

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  7. 7
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    Down 1081

    Running back, Return specialist

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  8. 8
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    Down 1232

    ranked low on reranks Running back

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  9. 9
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    Down 952

    Running back

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  10. 10
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    Down 914

    ranked low on reranks Running back

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  11. 11
    Up 1533
    Down 984

    Running back

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  12. 12
    Up 1407
    Down 832

    Running back

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  13. 13
    Up 1516
    Down 1323

    Running back

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  14. 14
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    Down 1125

    Running back

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  15. 15
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    Down 643

    ranked low on reranks Running back, Punter, Placekicker

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  16. 16
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    Down 752

    Running back, Fullback

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  17. 17
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    Down 793

    Running back, Fullback

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  18. 18
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    Down 865

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  19. 19
    Up 887
    Down 743

    Running back, Return specialist

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  20. 20
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    Down 820

    Running back

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  21. 21
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    Down 907

    Running back

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  22. 22
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    Down 755

    Running back

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  23. 23
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    Down 684

    Running back, Fullback

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  24. 24
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    Down 790

    Running back

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  25. 25
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    Down 619

    Running back

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  26. 26
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    Down 686

    ranked low on reranks Running back

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  27. 27
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    Down 587

    Running back, Fullback

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  28. 28
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    Down 541

    Running back, Fullback

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  29. 29
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    Down 470

    Running back

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  30. 30
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    Down 492

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  31. 31
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    Down 484

    Running back

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  32. 32
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    Down 592

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Running back

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  33. 33
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    Down 347

    Running back

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  34. 34
    Up 357
    Down 543

    Running back, Safety, Defensive back

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  35. 35
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    Down 335

    ranked low on reranks

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  36. 36
    Up 384
    Down 593

    Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

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  37. 37
    Up 359
    Down 515

    Running back

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  38. 38
    Up 358
    Down 459

    Running back

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  39. 39
    Up 315
    Down 392

    Running back

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  40. 40
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    Down 459

    Running back

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  41. 41
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    Down 441

    Running back

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  42. 42
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    Down 434

    Running back

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  43. 43
    Up 310
    Down 227

    ranked low on reranks & added by BobbyMoore Running back

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  44. 44
    Up 264
    Down 380

    Running back

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  45. 45
    Up 321
    Down 493

    Running back, Return specialist

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  46. 46
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    Down 259

    ranked low on reranks Running back

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  47. 47
    Up 228
    Down 317

    Running back

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  48. 48
    Up 245
    Down 355

    Running back, Halfback

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  49. 49
    Up 172
    Down 264

    Running back

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  50. 50
    Up 159
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    Halfback

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