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.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 1
    Up 3262
    Down 804

    the people's #1
    Barry Sanders

    1968 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 2722
    Down 903

    most listed
    Walter Payton

    1954 More
    95
  3. 3
    Up 2372
    Down 755
    1936 More
    95
  4. 4
    Up 1687
    Down 719
    1955 More
    86
  5. 5
    Up 1838
    Down 788
    1985 More
    79
  6. 6
    Up 1162
    Down 752
    1960 More
    78
  7. 7
    Up 1228
    Down 852
    1943 More
    75
  8. 8
    Up 1498
    Down 1306
    1969 More
    75
  9. 9
    Up 1429
    Down 694

    ranked low on reranks
    Bo Jackson

    1962 More
    74
  10. 10
    Up 1038
    Down 740
    1973 More
    74
  11. 11
    Up 1181
    Down 1024
    1947 More
    72
  12. 12
    Up 1071
    Down 651
    1960 More
    72
  13. 13
    Up 1061
    Down 799
    1979 More
    72
  14. 14
    Up 847
    Down 944

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tony Dorsett

    1954 More
    63
  15. 15
    Up 760
    Down 462

    ranked low on reranks
    Jim Thorpe

    1888 More
    61
  16. 16
    Up 694
    Down 554
    1949 More
    59
  17. 17
    Up 692
    Down 589
    1946 More
    58
  18. 18
    Up 652
    Down 606
    1973 More
    57
  19. 19
    Up 621
    Down 564
    1962 More
    55
  20. 20
    Up 782
    Down 481

    ranked low on reranks
    Chuck Foreman

    1950 More
    54
  21. 21
    Up 548
    Down 512
    1908 More
    54
  22. 22
    Up 536
    Down 695

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Franco Harris

    1950 More
    53
  23. 23
    Up 515
    Down 465
    1903 More
    53
  24. 24
    Up 562
    Down 737

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jerome Bettis

    1972 More
    52
  25. 25
    Up 530
    Down 603
    1966 More
    51
  26. 26
    Up 516
    Down 433

    ranked low on reranks
    Roger Craig

    1960 More
    51
  27. 27
    Up 447
    Down 392
    1935 More
    50
  28. 28
    Up 542
    Down 641
    1972 More
    49
  29. 29
    Up 400
    Down 333

    ranked low on reranks
    Paul Hornung

    1935 More
    47
  30. 30
    Up 285
    Down 385

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Steve Van Buren

    1920 More
    43
  31. 31
    Up 328
    Down 435
    1920 More
    43
  32. 32
    Up 212
    Down 193
    1955 More
    42
  33. 33
    Up 267
    Down 429

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Edgerrin James

    1978 More
    42
  34. 34
    Up 289
    Down 282
    1986 More
    41
  35. 35
    Up 215
    Down 212
    1973 More
    41
  36. 36
    Up 286
    Down 317
    1983 More
    40
  37. 37
    Up 207
    Down 260
    1969 More
    39
  38. 38
    Up 238
    Down 327
    1973 More
    38
  39. 39
    Up 224
    Down 374
    1977 More
    38
  40. 40
    Up 253
    Down 328
    1986 More
    37
  41. 41
    Up 238
    Down 311
    1983 More
    36
  42. 42
    Up 219
    Down 291
    1977 More
    36
  43. 43
    Up 143
    Down 186
    1961 More
    36
  44. 44
    Up 210
    Down 334
    1985 More
    35
  45. 45
    Up 239
    Down 356
    1987 More
    35
    added by: LisaSchaffner
  46. 46
    Up 162
    Down 232
    1947 More
    34
  47. 47
    Up 95
    Down 140
    1976 More
    33
  48. 48
    Up 139
    Down 242
    1975 More
    33
  49. 49
    Up 118
    Down 112
    1988 More
    32
    added by: BobbyMoore
  50. 50
    Up 93
    Down 119
    1942 More
    32
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