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 3138
    Down 762
    1968 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 2277
    Down 725

    the people's #1
    Jim Brown

    1936 More
    95
  3. 3
    Up 2607
    Down 881

    most listed
    Walter Payton

    1954 More
    95
  4. 4
    Up 1633
    Down 679
    1955 More
    86
  5. 5
    Up 1762
    Down 751
    1985 More
    79
  6. 6
    Up 1106
    Down 726
    1960 More
    78
  7. 7
    Up 1183
    Down 836
    1943 More
    75
  8. 8
    Up 1424
    Down 1271
    1969 More
    75
  9. 9
    Up 1379
    Down 672

    ranked low on reranks
    Bo Jackson

    1962 More
    74
  10. 10
    Up 975
    Down 720
    1973 More
    73
  11. 11
    Up 1139
    Down 983
    1947 More
    72
  12. 12
    Up 1041
    Down 637
    1960 More
    72
  13. 13
    Up 1004
    Down 775
    1979 More
    71
  14. 14
    Up 806
    Down 917

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tony Dorsett

    1954 More
    63
  15. 15
    Up 735
    Down 447

    ranked low on reranks
    Jim Thorpe

    1888 More
    61
  16. 16
    Up 674
    Down 537
    1949 More
    59
  17. 17
    Up 676
    Down 569
    1946 More
    59
  18. 18
    Up 625
    Down 574
    1973 More
    57
  19. 19
    Up 595
    Down 545
    1962 More
    55
  20. 20
    Up 772
    Down 458

    ranked low on reranks
    Chuck Foreman

    1950 More
    55
  21. 21
    Up 537
    Down 499
    1908 More
    54
  22. 22
    Up 510
    Down 446
    1903 More
    53
  23. 23
    Up 507
    Down 671

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Franco Harris

    1950 More
    53
  24. 24
    Up 531
    Down 707
    1972 More
    52
  25. 25
    Up 502
    Down 418

    ranked low on reranks
    Roger Craig

    1960 More
    51
  26. 26
    Up 501
    Down 580

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Thurman Thomas

    1966 More
    51
  27. 27
    Up 436
    Down 379

    ranked low on reranks
    Jim Taylor

    1935 More
    50
  28. 28
    Up 518
    Down 631
    1972 More
    49
  29. 29
    Up 389
    Down 321

    ranked low on reranks
    Paul Hornung

    1935 More
    47
  30. 30
    Up 274
    Down 374

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Steve Van Buren

    1920 More
    43
  31. 31
    Up 319
    Down 423
    1920 More
    43
  32. 32
    Up 202
    Down 182
    1955 More
    42
  33. 33
    Up 201
    Down 199
    1973 More
    41
  34. 34
    Up 272
    Down 263
    1986 More
    40
  35. 35
    Up 223
    Down 380
    1978 More
    40
  36. 36
    Up 267
    Down 306
    1983 More
    39
  37. 37
    Up 197
    Down 249
    1969 More
    39
  38. 38
    Up 230
    Down 315
    1973 More
    39
  39. 39
    Up 215
    Down 362
    1977 More
    38
  40. 40
    Up 209
    Down 278
    1977 More
    36
  41. 41
    Up 227
    Down 300
    1983 More
    36
  42. 42
    Up 240
    Down 321
    1986 More
    36
  43. 43
    Up 137
    Down 175
    1961 More
    36
  44. 44
    Up 161
    Down 232

    Edgerin James

    35
  45. 45
    Up 198
    Down 324
    1985 More
    35
  46. 46
    Up 226
    Down 345
    1987 More
    35
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  47. 47
    Up 153
    Down 221
    1947 More
    34
  48. 48
    Up 89
    Down 130
    1976 More
    33
  49. 49
    Up 129
    Down 230
    1975 More
    33
  50. 50
    Up 89
    Down 109
    1942 More
    32
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