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.
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    the people's #1 1968

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    most listed 1954

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    1936

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    1955

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    1985

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    1960

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    1943

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    ranked low on reranks 1962

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    1973

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    1969

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    1979

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    1960

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    1947

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1954

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  15. 15
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    ranked low on reranks 1888

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    1949

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    1946

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    ranked low on reranks 1950

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    1973

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    1962

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    1908

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    1903

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1950

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    1972

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  25. 25
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    ranked low on reranks 1960

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  26. 26
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    1966

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    ranked low on reranks 1935

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    1972

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    1935

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    1986

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    1955

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    1983

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    1973

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    1920

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    1920

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    1978

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    1969

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    1973

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    1983

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    1977

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  41. 41
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    1977

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  42. 42
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    1986

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  43. 43
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    1942

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  44. 44
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    1947

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  45. 45
    Up 164
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    1961

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  46. 46
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    1985

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  47. 47
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    1985

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    1979

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    1975

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    1976

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