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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  1. 1
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    the people's #1 1968

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    most listed 1954

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    Down 907

    1936

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    Up 2021
    Down 899

    1955

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    Down 899

    1960

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  6. 6
    Up 1914
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1969

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  7. 7
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    Down 1107

    1985

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    Down 998

    1943

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    Down 874

    1973

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    Down 851

    ranked low on reranks 1962

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  11. 11
    Up 1379
    Down 916

    1979

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    Up 1295
    Down 767

    1960

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    Up 1408
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    1947

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    Up 1061
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    1954

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    ranked low on reranks 1888

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    1949

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    Up 818
    Down 727

    1946

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    1973

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    1962

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    Down 807

    1950

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    1972

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    1908

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    1966

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    1903

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    ranked low on reranks 1950

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  26. 26
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    1972

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    Up 616
    Down 538

    1960

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  28. 28
    Up 533
    Down 490

    1935

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    Up 465
    Down 439

    1935

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  30. 30
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    1986

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    1983

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1978

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    1973

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    1920

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    1920

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    ranked low on reranks 1955

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    Up 317
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1977

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    Up 282
    Down 352

    1969

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    Up 326
    Down 417

    1973

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    1983

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    Up 349
    Down 421

    1986

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    Up 309
    Down 386

    1977

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    Up 286
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    1985

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  44. 44
    Up 225
    Down 340

    1975

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    ranked low on reranks & added by BobbyMoore 1988

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    1961

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  47. 47
    Up 147
    Down 191

    1979

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  48. 48
    Up 218
    Down 320

    1947

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  49. 49
    Up 148
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    1976

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    ranked low on reranks 1985

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