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
    + 5320
    - 1421

    the people's #1
    Running back

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 4898
    - 1760

    most listed
    Running back

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 3956
    - 1333


    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 3091
    - 1407


    Running back

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 2111
    - 1287


    Running back

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 2744
    - 1171


    Running back

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 3037
    - 2320


    Running back

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 3235
    - 1798


    Running back

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 2399
    - 1617


    Running back

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 2284
    - 1595


    Running back

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 2374
    - 1731


    Running back, Return specialist

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 1754
    - 1040


    Running back

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 2274
    - 1874


    Running back

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 1829
    - 1734


    Running back

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 1368
    - 898


    Running back, Punter, Placekicker

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 1221
    - 968


    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 1158
    - 881


    Running back, Return specialist

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 1069
    - 970


    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 1051
    - 974


    Running back

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 1370
    - 1496
    ) open
  21. 21
    + 1393
    - 1523


    Running back

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 1248
    - 1281


    Running back

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  23. 23
    + 881
    - 710

    ranked low on reranks
    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 1418
    - 1096

    ranked low on reranks
    Running back

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 791
    - 847


    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 1116
    - 1148


    Running back

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 973
    - 636

    ranked low on reranks
    Running back

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 745
    - 754


    Running back

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 664
    - 645


    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 729
    - 642


    Running back

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  31. 31
    + 576
    - 613
    ) open
  32. 32
    + 477
    - 457


    Running back

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 496
    - 694

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Running back

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 483
    - 621


    Running back

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 421
    - 444
    ) open
  36. 36
    + 451
    - 548


    Running back

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 543
    - 574


    Running back

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 401
    - 488


    Running back

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 417
    - 644

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

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 500
    - 340

    ranked low on reranks & added by BobbyMoore
    Running back

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  41. 41
    + 483
    - 543


    Running back

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 458
    - 530


    Running back

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 422
    - 367

    ranked low on reranks
    Running back

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 433
    - 685


    Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 381
    - 475


    Running back

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 421
    - 591


    Running back, Return specialist

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 311
    - 403


    Running back

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 241
    - 309


    Running back

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 237
    - 341


    Running back

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 294
    - 439


    Running back, Halfback

    ) open
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