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
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    the people's #1 Running back

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  2. 2
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    most listed Running back

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  3. 3
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    Down 995

    Running back, Fullback

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  4. 4
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    Down 994

    Running back

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  5. 5
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    Running back

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  6. 6
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Running back

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  7. 7
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    Running back, Return specialist

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  8. 8
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    ranked low on reranks Running back

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  9. 9
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    Down 954

    Running back

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  10. 10
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    ranked low on reranks Running back

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  11. 11
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    Running back

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  12. 12
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    Down 834

    Running back

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  13. 13
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    Down 1328

    Running back

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  14. 14
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    Running back

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  15. 15
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    Down 644

    ranked low on reranks Running back, Punter, Placekicker

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  16. 16
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    Down 754

    Running back, Fullback

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  17. 17
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    Down 796

    Running back, Fullback

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  18. 18
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    Down 867

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  19. 19
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    Down 743

    Running back, Return specialist

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  20. 20
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    Down 821

    Running back

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  21. 21
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    Down 908

    Running back

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  22. 22
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    Running back

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  23. 23
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    Running back, Fullback

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  24. 24
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    Running back

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  25. 25
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    Down 620

    Running back

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  26. 26
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    Down 686

    ranked low on reranks Running back

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  27. 27
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    Down 588

    Running back, Fullback

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  28. 28
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    Down 542

    Running back, Fullback

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  29. 29
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    Running back

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  30. 30
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  31. 31
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    Running back

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  32. 32
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Running back

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  33. 33
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    Running back

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  34. 34
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  35. 35
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    Down 543

    Running back, Safety, Defensive back

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  36. 36
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    Running back

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  37. 37
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    Down 593

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

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  38. 38
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    Down 459

    Running back

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  39. 39
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    Down 394

    Running back

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  40. 40
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    Running back

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  41. 41
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    Running back

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  42. 42
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    Running back

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  43. 43
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    ranked low on reranks & added by BobbyMoore Running back

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  44. 44
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    Running back

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  45. 45
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    Down 494

    Running back, Return specialist

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    ranked low on reranks Running back

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  47. 47
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    Down 318

    Running back

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  48. 48
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    Down 355

    Running back, Halfback

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  49. 49
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    Running back

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  50. 50
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    Halfback

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