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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    most listed 1954

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    Down 836

    1936

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  4. 4
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    Down 817

    1955

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  5. 5
    Up 1975
    Down 948

    1985

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  6. 6
    Up 1328
    Down 828

    1960

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  7. 7
    Up 1366
    Down 931

    1943

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  8. 8
    Up 1604
    Down 786

    ranked low on reranks 1962

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  9. 9
    Up 1696
    Down 1393

    1969

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    Up 1178
    Down 812

    1973

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    Up 1227
    Down 855

    1979

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  12. 12
    Up 1183
    Down 710

    1960

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    Up 1292
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    1947

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    Up 945
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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

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  16. 16
    Up 762
    Down 621

    1949

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  17. 17
    Up 755
    Down 658

    1946

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  18. 18
    Up 721
    Down 670

    1973

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    Up 822
    Down 547

    ranked low on reranks 1950

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    Up 708
    Down 620

    1962

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    Up 590
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    1908

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    Up 609
    Down 746

    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1950

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  23. 23
    Up 557
    Down 509

    1903

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    Up 645
    Down 788

    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1972

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  25. 25
    Up 604
    Down 648

    1966

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  26. 26
    Up 564
    Down 483

    ranked low on reranks 1960

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  27. 27
    Up 617
    Down 684

    1972

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    Up 483
    Down 437

    1935

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  29. 29
    Up 426
    Down 381

    1935

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    Up 371
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    1986

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    Up 360
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    1983

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    1955

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    Up 262
    Down 258

    1973

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  34. 34
    Up 312
    Down 474

    1978

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    Up 304
    Down 435

    1920

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  36. 36
    Up 351
    Down 484

    1920

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  37. 37
    Up 242
    Down 306

    1969

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    Up 278
    Down 376

    1973

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  39. 39
    Up 282
    Down 353

    1983

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  40. 40
    Up 256
    Down 335

    1977

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  41. 41
    Up 264
    Down 423

    1977

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  42. 42
    Up 289
    Down 375

    1986

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  43. 43
    Up 121
    Down 154

    1942

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  44. 44
    Up 189
    Down 270

    1947

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  45. 45
    Up 170
    Down 224

    1961

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  46. 46
    Up 113
    Down 145

    1979

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  47. 47
    Up 142
    Down 179

    1985

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  48. 48
    Up 242
    Down 387

    1985

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    Up 174
    Down 284

    1975

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  50. 50
    Up 123
    Down 179

    1976

    open
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