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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
    + 4785
    - 1244

    the people's #1 Running back

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 3598
    - 1161

    Running back, Fullback

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  3. 3
    + 4330
    - 1556

    most listed Running back

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 2717
    - 1220

    Running back

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  5. 5
    + 1861
    - 1152

    Running back

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 2381
    - 1014

    Running back

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  7. 7
    + 2829
    - 1543

    Running back

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  8. 8
    + 2645
    - 2054

    Running back

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  9. 9
    + 1951
    - 1379

    Running back

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  10. 10
    + 2024
    - 1409

    Running back

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  11. 11
    + 2086
    - 1516

    Running back, Return specialist

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 1599
    - 931

    ranked low on reranks Running back

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  13. 13
    + 1975
    - 1678

    Running back

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  14. 14
    + 1588
    - 1544

    Running back

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  15. 15
    + 1145
    - 752

    ranked low on reranks Running back, Punter, Placekicker

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 1005
    - 842

    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 1024
    - 809

    Running back, Return specialist

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 984
    - 883

    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 957
    - 898

    Running back

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  20. 20
    + 1164
    - 1293
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  21. 21
    + 1198
    - 1331

    Running back

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  22. 22
    + 1058
    - 1111

    Running back

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  23. 23
    + 1238
    - 949

    ranked low on reranks Running back

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 989
    - 997

    Running back

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 788
    - 648

    ranked low on reranks Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 743
    - 788

    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 699
    - 697

    Running back

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  28. 28
    + 782
    - 568

    ranked low on reranks Running back

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 611
    - 599

    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 633
    - 577

    Running back

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  31. 31
    + 540
    - 555
    ) open
  32. 32
    + 419
    - 411

    Running back

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  33. 33
    + 445
    - 645

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Running back

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 368
    - 395
    ) open
  35. 35
    + 428
    - 571

    Running back

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  36. 36
    + 409
    - 507

    Running back

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  37. 37
    + 480
    - 516

    Running back

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  38. 38
    + 385
    - 594

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

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  39. 39
    + 351
    - 444

    Running back

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  40. 40
    + 429
    - 497

    Running back

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  41. 41
    + 352
    - 316

    ranked low on reranks Running back

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  42. 42
    + 409
    - 482

    Running back

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  43. 43
    + 416
    - 284

    ranked low on reranks & added by BobbyMoore Running back

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 403
    - 643

    Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 321
    - 431

    Running back

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  46. 46
    + 372
    - 549

    Running back, Return specialist

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 264
    - 367

    Running back

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  48. 48
    + 202
    - 271

    Running back

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  49. 49
    + 263
    - 403

    Running back, Halfback

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  50. 50
    + 176
    - 274

    Halfback

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