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 2900
    Down 703
    1968 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 2132
    Down 655

    the people's #1
    Jim Brown

    1936 More
    96
  3. 3
    Up 2410
    Down 848

    most listed
    Walter Payton

    1954 More
    95
  4. 4
    Up 1524
    Down 616
    1955 More
    87
  5. 5
    Up 1628
    Down 681
    1985 More
    79
  6. 6
    Up 1004
    Down 674
    1960 More
    78
  7. 7
    Up 1074
    Down 785
    1943 More
    75
  8. 8
    Up 1293
    Down 1197

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Emmitt Smith

    1969 More
    74
  9. 9
    Up 1264
    Down 619

    ranked low on reranks
    Bo Jackson

    1962 More
    74
  10. 10
    Up 1056
    Down 914

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    O. J. Simpson

    1947 More
    73
  11. 11
    Up 877
    Down 674
    1973 More
    72
  12. 12
    Up 956
    Down 600

    ranked low on reranks
    Marcus Allen

    1960 More
    72
  13. 13
    Up 904
    Down 730
    1979 More
    71
  14. 14
    Up 732
    Down 874

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tony Dorsett

    1954 More
    62
  15. 15
    Up 670
    Down 407

    ranked low on reranks
    Jim Thorpe

    1888 More
    61
  16. 16
    Up 632
    Down 518

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Larry Csonka

    1946 More
    59
  17. 17
    Up 619
    Down 498

    ranked low on reranks
    John Riggins

    1949 More
    59
  18. 18
    Up 580
    Down 522

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Curtis Martin

    1973 More
    57
  19. 19
    Up 748
    Down 406

    ranked low on reranks
    Chuck Foreman

    1950 More
    56
  20. 20
    Up 499
    Down 460
    1908 More
    54
  21. 21
    Up 538
    Down 503
    1962 More
    54
  22. 22
    Up 473
    Down 413

    ranked low on reranks
    Red Grange

    1903 More
    54
  23. 23
    Up 463
    Down 635

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Franco Harris

    1950 More
    53
  24. 24
    Up 479
    Down 670

    often listed &controversial
    Jerome Bettis

    1972 More
    52
  25. 25
    Up 463
    Down 382

    ranked low on reranks
    Roger Craig

    1960 More
    52
  26. 26
    Up 164
    Down 78

    Marcus Allen

    51
  27. 27
    Up 403
    Down 346

    ranked low on reranks
    Jim Taylor

    1935 More
    51
  28. 28
    Up 439
    Down 548

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Thurman Thomas

    1966 More
    51
  29. 29
    Up 453
    Down 602

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Terrell Davis

    1972 More
    49
  30. 30
    Up 361
    Down 284

    ranked low on reranks
    Paul Hornung

    1935 More
    48
  31. 31
    Up 306
    Down 379

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Marion Motley

    1920 More
    45
  32. 32
    Up 249
    Down 342

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Steve Van Buren

    1920 More
    43
  33. 33
    Up 172
    Down 155

    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Billy Sims

    1955 More
    41
  34. 34
    Up 163
    Down 169

    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Eddie George

    1973 More
    40
  35. 35
    Up 197
    Down 337

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Edgerrin James

    1978 More
    40
  36. 36
    Up 222
    Down 231

    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Marshawn Lynch

    1986 More
    40
  37. 37
    Up 224
    Down 268

    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    Frank Gore

    1983 More
    39
  38. 38
    Up 64
    Down 61
    1988 More
    39
    added by: BobbyMoore
  39. 39
    Up 187
    Down 333

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Shaun Alexander

    1977 More
    38
  40. 40
    Up 160
    Down 221
    1969 More
    38
  41. 41
    Up 195
    Down 287

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Priest Holmes

    1973 More
    38
  42. 42
    Up 12
    Down 24

    ranked high on reranks
    Joe Perry

    1927 More
    37
    added by: AlvinCallion
    Fletcher Joseph "Joe" Perry (January 22, 1927 – April 25, 2011) was a professional ... more
  43. 43
    Up 187
    Down 238

    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Ricky Williams

    1977 More
    37
  44. 44
    Up 214
    Down 287

    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    Arian Foster

    1986 More
    37
  45. 45
    Up 196
    Down 268

    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Steven Jackson

    1983 More
    36
  46. 46
    Up 205
    Down 304

    ranked high on reranks &niche appeal
    Ray Rice

    1987 More
    36
    added by: LisaSchaffner
  47. 47
    Up 180
    Down 285

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Maurice Jones-Drew

    1985 More
    36
  48. 48
    Up 142
    Down 201

    Edgerin James

    35
  49. 49
    Up 111
    Down 149

    niche appeal
    Curt Warner

    1961 More
    35
  50. 50
    Up 137
    Down 187

    ranked low on reranks
    Mercury Morris

    1947 More
    35
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