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
    + 4997
    - 1313

    the people's #1 Running back

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 3729
    - 1236

    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 4619
    - 1709

    most listed Running back

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 2938
    - 1313

    Running back

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 1964
    - 1203

    Running back

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 2534
    - 1074

    Running back

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 3071
    - 1677

    Running back

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  8. 8
    + 2858
    - 2233

    Running back

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  9. 9
    + 2132
    - 1540

    Running back

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  10. 10
    + 2221
    - 1567

    Running back

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  11. 11
    + 2260
    - 1677

    Running back, Return specialist

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 1664
    - 990

    Running back

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  13. 13
    + 2158
    - 1805

    Running back

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  14. 14
    + 1740
    - 1692

    Running back

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  15. 15
    + 1307
    - 844

    ranked low on reranks Running back, Punter, Placekicker

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 1159
    - 925

    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 1085
    - 838

    Running back, Return specialist

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 1020
    - 924

    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 991
    - 938

    Running back

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  20. 20
    + 1291
    - 1450
    ) open
  21. 21
    + 1325
    - 1480

    Running back

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  22. 22
    + 1387
    - 1050

    ranked low on reranks Running back

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 1183
    - 1258

    Running back

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 834
    - 675

    ranked low on reranks Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 764
    - 814

    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 1048
    - 1120

    Running back

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  27. 27
    + 716
    - 726

    Running back

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  28. 28
    + 863
    - 593

    ranked low on reranks Running back

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 635
    - 620

    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 673
    - 607

    Running back

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  31. 31
    + 555
    - 585
    ) open
  32. 32
    + 448
    - 434

    Running back

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  33. 33
    + 467
    - 669

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Running back

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 453
    - 596

    Running back

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  35. 35
    + 390
    - 422
    ) open
  36. 36
    + 431
    - 529

    Running back

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  37. 37
    + 514
    - 544

    Running back

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  38. 38
    + 372
    - 465

    Running back

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  39. 39
    + 400
    - 623

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

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 453
    - 524

    Running back

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  41. 41
    + 452
    - 313

    ranked low on reranks & added by BobbyMoore Running back

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 431
    - 507

    Running back

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  43. 43
    + 382
    - 348

    Running back

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  44. 44
    + 414
    - 667

    Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 348
    - 451

    Running back

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  46. 46
    + 398
    - 570

    Running back, Return specialist

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 280
    - 387

    Running back

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  48. 48
    + 218
    - 292

    Running back

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  49. 49
    + 277
    - 422

    Running back, Halfback

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 213
    - 322

    Running back

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