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.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 1
    Up 3231
    Down 793

    the people's #1
    Barry Sanders

    1968 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 2694
    Down 898

    most listed
    Walter Payton

    1954 More
    95
  3. 3
    Up 2346
    Down 747
    1936 More
    95
  4. 4
    Up 1671
    Down 709
    1955 More
    86
  5. 5
    Up 1816
    Down 779
    1985 More
    79
  6. 6
    Up 1146
    Down 745
    1960 More
    78
  7. 7
    Up 1212
    Down 847
    1943 More
    75
  8. 8
    Up 1481
    Down 1297
    1969 More
    75
  9. 9
    Up 1412
    Down 685

    ranked low on reranks
    Bo Jackson

    1962 More
    74
  10. 10
    Up 1021
    Down 737
    1973 More
    73
  11. 11
    Up 1169
    Down 1013
    1947 More
    72
  12. 12
    Up 1060
    Down 646
    1960 More
    72
  13. 13
    Up 1044
    Down 794
    1979 More
    72
  14. 14
    Up 837
    Down 938

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tony Dorsett

    1954 More
    63
  15. 15
    Up 751
    Down 457
    1888 More
    61
  16. 16
    Up 683
    Down 547
    1949 More
    59
  17. 17
    Up 684
    Down 581
    1946 More
    58
  18. 18
    Up 645
    Down 597
    1973 More
    57
  19. 19
    Up 779
    Down 472

    ranked low on reranks
    Chuck Foreman

    1950 More
    55
  20. 20
    Up 612
    Down 556
    1962 More
    54
  21. 21
    Up 540
    Down 508
    1908 More
    54
  22. 22
    Up 525
    Down 691

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Franco Harris

    1950 More
    53
  23. 23
    Up 511
    Down 458
    1903 More
    53
  24. 24
    Up 556
    Down 728

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jerome Bettis

    1972 More
    52
  25. 25
    Up 521
    Down 598
    1966 More
    51
  26. 26
    Up 514
    Down 424

    ranked low on reranks
    Roger Craig

    1960 More
    51
  27. 27
    Up 440
    Down 387
    1935 More
    50
  28. 28
    Up 534
    Down 637
    1972 More
    49
  29. 29
    Up 393
    Down 329
    1935 More
    47
  30. 30
    Up 277
    Down 383

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Steve Van Buren

    1920 More
    43
  31. 31
    Up 322
    Down 431
    1920 More
    43
  32. 32
    Up 207
    Down 188
    1955 More
    42
  33. 33
    Up 286
    Down 272

    ranked low on reranks
    Marshawn Lynch

    1986 More
    41
  34. 34
    Up 261
    Down 423

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Edgerrin James

    1978 More
    41
  35. 35
    Up 213
    Down 204
    1973 More
    41
  36. 36
    Up 281
    Down 313
    1983 More
    40
  37. 37
    Up 204
    Down 254
    1969 More
    39
  38. 38
    Up 235
    Down 322
    1973 More
    38
  39. 39
    Up 221
    Down 368
    1977 More
    38
  40. 40
    Up 249
    Down 326
    1986 More
    36
  41. 41
    Up 217
    Down 284
    1977 More
    36
  42. 42
    Up 234
    Down 307
    1983 More
    36
  43. 43
    Up 141
    Down 181
    1961 More
    36
  44. 44
    Up 205
    Down 331
    1985 More
    35
  45. 45
    Up 235
    Down 351
    1987 More
    35
    added by: LisaSchaffner
  46. 46
    Up 158
    Down 227
    1947 More
    34
  47. 47
    Up 93
    Down 135
    1976 More
    33
  48. 48
    Up 134
    Down 236
    1975 More
    33
  49. 49
    Up 91
    Down 113
    1942 More
    32
  50. 50
    Up 111
    Down 105
    1988 More
    32
    added by: BobbyMoore
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