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 2905
    Down 703
    1968 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 2134
    Down 657

    the people's #1
    Jim Brown

    1936 More
    96
  3. 3
    Up 2417
    Down 848

    most listed
    Walter Payton

    1954 More
    95
  4. 4
    Up 1529
    Down 616
    1955 More
    87
  5. 5
    Up 1633
    Down 682
    1985 More
    79
  6. 6
    Up 1008
    Down 677
    1960 More
    78
  7. 7
    Up 1079
    Down 785
    1943 More
    75
  8. 8
    Up 1298
    Down 1199

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Emmitt Smith

    1969 More
    74
  9. 9
    Up 1266
    Down 621

    ranked low on reranks
    Bo Jackson

    1962 More
    74
  10. 10
    Up 1059
    Down 916

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

    1947 More
    73
  11. 11
    Up 879
    Down 675
    1973 More
    73
  12. 12
    Up 958
    Down 601

    ranked low on reranks
    Marcus Allen

    1960 More
    72
  13. 13
    Up 908
    Down 731
    1979 More
    71
  14. 14
    Up 734
    Down 876

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tony Dorsett

    1954 More
    62
  15. 15
    Up 673
    Down 408

    ranked low on reranks
    Jim Thorpe

    1888 More
    61
  16. 16
    Up 633
    Down 519

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Larry Csonka

    1946 More
    59
  17. 17
    Up 620
    Down 499

    ranked low on reranks
    John Riggins

    1949 More
    59
  18. 18
    Up 580
    Down 523

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Curtis Martin

    1973 More
    57
  19. 19
    Up 748
    Down 407

    ranked low on reranks
    Chuck Foreman

    1950 More
    56
  20. 20
    Up 499
    Down 461
    1908 More
    54
  21. 21
    Up 538
    Down 505
    1962 More
    54
  22. 22
    Up 473
    Down 414

    ranked low on reranks
    Red Grange

    1903 More
    54
  23. 23
    Up 464
    Down 636

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Franco Harris

    1950 More
    53
  24. 24
    Up 479
    Down 671

    often listed &controversial
    Jerome Bettis

    1972 More
    52
  25. 25
    Up 464
    Down 383

    ranked low on reranks
    Roger Craig

    1960 More
    52
  26. 26
    Up 164
    Down 79

    Marcus Allen

    51
  27. 27
    Up 441
    Down 548

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Thurman Thomas

    1966 More
    51
  28. 28
    Up 403
    Down 347

    ranked low on reranks
    Jim Taylor

    1935 More
    51
  29. 29
    Up 454
    Down 603

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Terrell Davis

    1972 More
    49
  30. 30
    Up 361
    Down 285

    ranked low on reranks
    Paul Hornung

    1935 More
    48
  31. 31
    Up 306
    Down 380

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Marion Motley

    1920 More
    45
  32. 32
    Up 249
    Down 343

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Steve Van Buren

    1920 More
    43
  33. 33
    Up 172
    Down 156

    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Billy Sims

    1955 More
    41
  34. 34
    Up 163
    Down 170

    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Eddie George

    1973 More
    40
  35. 35
    Up 197
    Down 338

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Edgerrin James

    1978 More
    40
  36. 36
    Up 224
    Down 232

    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Marshawn Lynch

    1986 More
    40
  37. 37
    Up 226
    Down 270

    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    Frank Gore

    1983 More
    39
  38. 38
    Up 65
    Down 62
    1988 More
    39
    added by: BobbyMoore
  39. 39
    Up 187
    Down 334

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Shaun Alexander

    1977 More
    38
  40. 40
    Up 161
    Down 222
    1969 More
    38
  41. 41
    Up 195
    Down 288

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Priest Holmes

    1973 More
    38
  42. 42
    Up 13
    Down 24

    ranked high on reranks
    Joe Perry

    1927 More
    38
    added by: AlvinCallion
    Fletcher Joseph "Joe" Perry (January 22, 1927 – April 25, 2011) was a professional ... more
  43. 43
    Up 187
    Down 239

    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Ricky Williams

    1977 More
    37
  44. 44
    Up 215
    Down 288

    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    Arian Foster

    1986 More
    37
  45. 45
    Up 197
    Down 269

    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Steven Jackson

    1983 More
    36
  46. 46
    Up 206
    Down 306

    ranked high on reranks &niche appeal
    Ray Rice

    1987 More
    36
    added by: LisaSchaffner
  47. 47
    Up 180
    Down 287

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Maurice Jones-Drew

    1985 More
    36
  48. 48
    Up 142
    Down 202

    ranked high on reranks
    Edgerin James

    35
  49. 49
    Up 112
    Down 150

    niche appeal
    Curt Warner

    1961 More
    35
  50. 50
    Up 137
    Down 188

    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Mercury Morris

    1947 More
    34
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