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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
    + 4900
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    the people's #1 Running back

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  2. 2
    + 3672
    - 1194

    Running back, Fullback

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  3. 3
    + 4523
    - 1693

    most listed Running back

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 2889
    - 1283

    Running back

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  5. 5
    + 1911
    - 1178

    Running back

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  6. 6
    + 2460
    - 1040

    Running back

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  7. 7
    + 3012
    - 1624

    Running back

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  8. 8
    + 2792
    - 2206

    Running back

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 2083
    - 1518

    Running back

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  10. 10
    + 2219
    - 1650

    Running back, Return specialist

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 2162
    - 1546

    Running back

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  12. 12
    + 1635
    - 960

    Running back

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  13. 13
    + 2122
    - 1777

    Running back

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  14. 14
    + 1704
    - 1675

    Running back

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  15. 15
    + 1282
    - 822

    Running back, Punter, Placekicker

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 1141
    - 897

    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 1050
    - 823

    Running back, Return specialist

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 999
    - 900

    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 967
    - 921

    Running back

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  20. 20
    + 1264
    - 1428
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  21. 21
    + 1296
    - 1460

    Running back

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  22. 22
    + 1371
    - 1026

    ranked low on reranks Running back

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  23. 23
    + 1161
    - 1239

    Running back

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  24. 24
    + 813
    - 658

    ranked low on reranks Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 751
    - 802

    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 707
    - 712

    Running back

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  27. 27
    + 1028
    - 1108

    Running back

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  28. 28
    + 819
    - 578

    ranked low on reranks Running back

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  29. 29
    + 621
    - 610

    Running back, Fullback

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  30. 30
    + 659
    - 587

    Running back

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  31. 31
    + 546
    - 570
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  32. 32
    + 430
    - 423

    Running back

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  33. 33
    + 457
    - 656

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Running back

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  34. 34
    + 381
    - 407
    ) open
  35. 35
    + 438
    - 585

    Running back

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  36. 36
    + 418
    - 519

    Running back

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  37. 37
    + 499
    - 529

    Running back

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  38. 38
    + 393
    - 608

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Running back, Safety, Defensive back

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  39. 39
    + 360
    - 456

    Running back

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  40. 40
    + 444
    - 510

    Running back

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  41. 41
    + 371
    - 330

    ranked low on reranks Running back

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  42. 42
    + 421
    - 496

    Running back

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  43. 43
    + 431
    - 299

    ranked low on reranks & added by BobbyMoore Running back

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  44. 44
    + 410
    - 655

    Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

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  45. 45
    + 336
    - 442

    Running back

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  46. 46
    + 385
    - 561

    Running back, Return specialist

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  47. 47
    + 273
    - 378

    Running back

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  48. 48
    + 210
    - 283

    Running back

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  49. 49
    + 271
    - 414

    Running back, Halfback

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  50. 50
    + 184
    - 284

    Halfback

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