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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  1. 1
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    1968

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    most listed 1954

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  3. 3
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    Down 902

    the people's #1 1936

    open
  4. 4
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    1955

    open
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    Down 898

    1960

    open
  6. 6
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1969

    open
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    Down 1102

    1985

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    Down 995

    1943

    open
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    Up 1319
    Down 871

    1973

    open
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    Down 849

    ranked low on reranks 1962

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    Up 1375
    Down 912

    1979

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    Up 1294
    Down 762

    1960

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    1947

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    Down 1055

    1954

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    ranked low on reranks 1888

    open
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    1949

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    Up 815
    Down 725

    1946

    open
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    Up 786
    Down 742

    1973

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    1962

    open
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    Up 700
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    1950

    open
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    1972

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    Up 630
    Down 628

    1908

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    Down 698

    1966

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    Down 617

    ranked low on reranks 1950

    open
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    1903

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    Down 727

    1972

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  27. 27
    Up 614
    Down 537

    1960

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  28. 28
    Up 532
    Down 487

    1935

    open
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    Up 463
    Down 438

    1935

    open
  30. 30
    Up 473
    Down 400

    1986

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    Up 447
    Down 424

    1983

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    Up 356
    Down 529

    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1978

    open
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    1973

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    1920

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    1920

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    ranked low on reranks 1955

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  37. 37
    Up 317
    Down 467

    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1977

    open
  38. 38
    Up 282
    Down 349

    1969

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    Up 325
    Down 415

    1973

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    Up 335
    Down 396

    1983

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    Up 348
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    1986

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    Up 309
    Down 382

    1977

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  43. 43
    Up 237
    Down 188

    ranked low on reranks & added by BobbyMoore 1988

    open
  44. 44
    Up 225
    Down 337

    1975

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    Up 285
    Down 442

    1985

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    Up 197
    Down 278

    1961

    open
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    Up 147
    Down 188

    1979

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    Up 148
    Down 224

    1976

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    Up 218
    Down 317

    1947

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    Up 203
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    ranked low on reranks 1985

    open
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