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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    - 1528

    the people's #1
    age 47

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  2. 2
    + 5222
    - 1823

    most listed
    Died at 45 (1954-1999)

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  3. 3
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    - 1402
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    - 1498
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    - 1363
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    - 2430

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    age 46

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 2965
    - 1273

    ranked low on reranks
    age 53

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 3418
    - 1901
    ) open
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    - 1670
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    + 2419
    - 1645
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    + 2499
    - 1776
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    - 1081
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    + 2379
    - 1952
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    + 1931
    - 1764
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    + 1446
    - 940

    Died at 65 (1888-1953)

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    ranked low on reranks
    age 55

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    - 1176
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    + 834
    - 878

    Died at 82 (1908-1990)

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    + 1450
    - 1134

    ranked low on reranks
    age 65

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 1071
    - 682

    ranked low on reranks
    age 29

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  28. 28
    + 778
    - 782

    Died at 88 (1903-1991)

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    - 506
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    + 434
    - 667

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Died at 92 (1920-2012)

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    - 608
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    - 568
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    + 533
    - 370

    ranked low on reranks & added by BobbyMoore
    age 27

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    - 553
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    - 709

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Died at 79 (1920-1999)

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    - 497
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    - 389

    ranked low on reranks
    age 30

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    - 616

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    age 30

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    - 427
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    + 247
    - 125

    ranked low on reranks & added by AddWilson
    age 27 2014 NFL rushing leader. (1845 yd, 4.7 avg.)  6'0" 217lbs. 4.41 40-yard-dash

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    - 328
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    - 82

    ranked low on reranks & added by RichardHonda
    age 29

    ) open
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