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
    + 5119
    - 1351

    Running back

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 3801
    - 1268

    the people's #1 Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 4712
    - 1727

    most listed Running back

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 2991
    - 1342

    Running back

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  5. 5
    + 2014
    - 1226

    Running back

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  6. 6
    + 2604
    - 1102

    Running back

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  7. 7
    + 2921
    - 2256

    Running back

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  8. 8
    + 3135
    - 1723

    Running back

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  9. 9
    + 2190
    - 1555

    Running back

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  10. 10
    + 2280
    - 1583

    Running back

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  11. 11
    + 2303
    - 1691

    Running back, Return specialist

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 1692
    - 1006

    Running back

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  13. 13
    + 2193
    - 1829

    Running back

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  14. 14
    + 1773
    - 1705

    Running back

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  15. 15
    + 1323
    - 865

    ranked low on reranks Running back, Punter, Placekicker

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 1182
    - 939

    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 1108
    - 852

    Running back, Return specialist

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 1040
    - 938

    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 1012
    - 949

    Running back

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  20. 20
    + 1323
    - 1467
    ) open
  21. 21
    + 1347
    - 1491

    Running back

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  22. 22
    + 1204
    - 1266

    Running back

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  23. 23
    + 1395
    - 1068

    ranked low on reranks Running back

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 854
    - 687

    ranked low on reranks Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 776
    - 824

    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 1072
    - 1131

    Running back

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  27. 27
    + 898
    - 608

    ranked low on reranks Running back

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 727
    - 737

    Running back

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  29. 29
    + 642
    - 632

    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 697
    - 620

    Running back

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  31. 31
    + 561
    - 595
    ) open
  32. 32
    + 458
    - 441

    Running back

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  33. 33
    + 478
    - 677

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Running back

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 464
    - 606

    Running back

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  35. 35
    + 398
    - 431
    ) open
  36. 36
    + 436
    - 537

    Running back

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  37. 37
    + 524
    - 553

    Running back

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  38. 38
    + 382
    - 474

    Running back

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  39. 39
    + 471
    - 319

    ranked low on reranks & added by BobbyMoore Running back

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  40. 40
    + 463
    - 529

    Running back

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  41. 41
    + 405
    - 630

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

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 394
    - 353

    ranked low on reranks Running back

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 440
    - 512

    Running back

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  44. 44
    + 419
    - 672

    Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 359
    - 459

    Running back

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  46. 46
    + 404
    - 577

    Running back, Return specialist

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 287
    - 393

    Running back

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  48. 48
    + 227
    - 296

    Running back

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  49. 49
    + 283
    - 427

    Running back, Halfback

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 218
    - 327

    Running back

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