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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
    + 4585
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    the people's #1 Running back

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  2. 2
    + 3876
    - 1189

    most listed Running back

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  3. 3
    + 3268
    - 1065

    Running back, Fullback

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  4. 4
    + 2347
    - 1060

    Running back

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  5. 5
    + 1773
    - 1097

    Running back

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  6. 6
    + 2261
    - 1684

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Running back

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 2227
    - 967

    ranked low on reranks Running back

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 2452
    - 1335

    Running back

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  9. 9
    + 1736
    - 1170

    Running back, Return specialist

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  10. 10
    + 1589
    - 1034

    Running back

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  11. 11
    + 1671
    - 1057

    Running back

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  12. 12
    + 1526
    - 878

    Running back

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  13. 13
    + 1640
    - 1414

    Running back

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  14. 14
    + 1270
    - 1193

    Running back

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  15. 15
    + 1089
    - 718

    ranked low on reranks Running back, Punter, Placekicker

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  16. 16
    + 977
    - 800

    Running back, Fullback

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 954
    - 842

    Running back, Fullback

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  18. 18
    + 971
    - 785

    Running back, Return specialist

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  19. 19
    + 883
    - 939
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  20. 20
    + 918
    - 862

    Running back

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  21. 21
    + 922
    - 981

    Running back

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  22. 22
    + 806
    - 819

    Running back

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  23. 23
    + 939
    - 730

    ranked low on reranks Running back

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  24. 24
    + 862
    - 854

    Running back

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  25. 25
    + 712
    - 758

    Running back, Fullback

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  26. 26
    + 742
    - 623

    ranked low on reranks Running back, Fullback

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  27. 27
    + 675
    - 677

    Running back

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  28. 28
    + 715
    - 532

    ranked low on reranks Running back

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  29. 29
    + 595
    - 578

    Running back, Fullback

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  30. 30
    + 598
    - 541

    Running back

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  31. 31
    + 525
    - 534
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  32. 32
    + 394
    - 392

    Running back

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  33. 33
    + 425
    - 630

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Running back

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  34. 34
    + 354
    - 375
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  35. 35
    + 407
    - 552

    Running back

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  36. 36
    + 396
    - 491

    Running back

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  37. 37
    + 450
    - 495

    Running back

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  38. 38
    + 339
    - 426

    Running back

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  39. 39
    + 372
    - 580

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

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  40. 40
    + 320
    - 294

    ranked low on reranks Running back

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  41. 41
    + 410
    - 480

    Running back

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  42. 42
    + 381
    - 468

    Running back

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  43. 43
    + 374
    - 262

    ranked low on reranks & added by BobbyMoore Running back

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  44. 44
    + 393
    - 629

    Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

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  45. 45
    + 300
    - 415

    Running back

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  46. 46
    + 353
    - 529

    Running back, Return specialist

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  47. 47
    + 254
    - 389

    Running back, Halfback

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  48. 48
    + 191
    - 259

    Running back

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  49. 49
    + 250
    - 353

    Running back

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  50. 50
    + 141
    - 208
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