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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    1968

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    most listed 1954

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  3. 3
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    the people's #1 1936

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    1955

    open
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    Down 861

    1960

    open
  6. 6
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    1985

    open
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    1969

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    Down 970

    1943

    open
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    1973

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    ranked low on reranks 1962

    open
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    1979

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    Down 739

    1960

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    1947

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1954

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  15. 15
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    ranked low on reranks 1888

    open
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    1949

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    Down 695

    1946

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    1973

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    Down 655

    1962

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    1950

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    1972

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    1908

    open
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    Down 672

    1966

    open
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    Down 591

    ranked low on reranks 1950

    open
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    1903

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    1972

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  27. 27
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    Down 517

    1960

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  28. 28
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    Down 467

    1935

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    Down 418

    1935

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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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    1920

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    1920

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    ranked low on reranks 1973

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    ranked low on reranks 1955

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    1977

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    1973

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    Down 336

    1969

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    1983

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    Down 397

    1986

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    Down 361

    1977

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    Down 415

    1985

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    Up 204
    Down 314

    1975

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    Down 253

    1961

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    ranked low on reranks & added by BobbyMoore 1988

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    1947

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    1942

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    1976

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    1979

    open
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