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
    + 5494
    - 1475

    the people's #1
    Running back

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 5050
    - 1791

    most listed
    Running back

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 4082
    - 1363

    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 3176
    - 1449

    Running back

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  5. 5
    + 2199
    - 1323

    Running back

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 2872
    - 1219

    Running back

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 3129
    - 2387

    Running back

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 3340
    - 1846

    Running back

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  9. 9
    + 2486
    - 1647
    ) open
  10. 10
    + 2360
    - 1620

    Running back

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  11. 11
    + 2440
    - 1761

    Running back, Return specialist

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 1823
    - 1065

    Running back

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  13. 13
    + 2330
    - 1911

    Running back

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  14. 14
    + 1879
    - 1751

    Running back

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  15. 15
    + 1411
    - 921

    ranked low on reranks
    Running back, Punter, Placekicker

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 1258
    - 995

    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 1197
    - 904

    Running back, Return specialist

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 1102
    - 990

    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 1078
    - 1005

    Running back

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  20. 20
    + 1401
    - 1524
    ) open
  21. 21
    + 1427
    - 1551

    Running back

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 1282
    - 1301

    Running back

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  23. 23
    + 912
    - 731

    ranked low on reranks
    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 1442
    - 1116

    ranked low on reranks
    Running back

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 814
    - 863

    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 1146
    - 1164

    Running back

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  27. 27
    + 1027
    - 658

    ranked low on reranks
    Running back

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 763
    - 769

    Running back

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 679
    - 659

    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 752
    - 663

    Running back

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  31. 31
    + 591
    - 630
    ) open
  32. 32
    + 491
    - 474

    Running back

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  33. 33
    + 504
    - 715

    Running back

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 499
    - 639

    Running back

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  35. 35
    + 441
    - 457
    ) open
  36. 36
    + 469
    - 567

    Running back

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  37. 37
    + 417
    - 499

    Running back

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  38. 38
    + 425
    - 659

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

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 556
    - 593

    Running back

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  40. 40
    + 498
    - 560

    Running back

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  41. 41
    + 522
    - 355

    ranked low on reranks & added by BobbyMoore
    Running back

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 441
    - 699

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 477
    - 543

    Running back

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  44. 44
    + 443
    - 378

    ranked low on reranks
    Running back

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  45. 45
    + 396
    - 489

    Running back

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 439
    - 603

    Running back, Return specialist

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  47. 47
    + 326
    - 415

    Running back

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  48. 48
    + 229
    - 106

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

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 257
    - 321

    Running back

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 170
    - 70

    ranked low on reranks & added by RichardHonda
    Running back

    ) open
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