Running Backs The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s  

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It is arguable that the top 70s college running backs are some of the most legendary players in the history of the game. The greatest college running backs of the 1970s were a truly historic group when you think about it. Ohio State's Archie Griffin is still the only player to win two Heisman Trophies, making him one of the best college running backs of the 70s. Other top running backs of the 70s include guys like Billy Sims and Charles White. A pair of other top college running backs from the 1970s include fellow Heisman Trophy winners Tony Dorsett and Earl Campbell, who are both enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But the list of top college running backs of the 70s includes players that didn't win the Heisman. Tailbacks like Ed Marinaro and Greg Pruitt fall into this category. Some of the top college running backs of the 70s went on to star in the NFL. This group includes Freeman McNeil and Joe Cribbs. The best college running backs of the 1970s played for a variety of schools too. Some of the greatest college RBs of the 70s came from traditional powers like Ohio State and USC while others came from Ivy League programs like Cornell. The best 70s college football running backs are an impressive group. Vote for your favorites now!

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Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Earl Campbell age 60

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Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Tony Dorsett age 63

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Archie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s

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Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Billy Sims age 60

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Greg Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Greg Pruitt age 66

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Ricky Bell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Ricky Bell Died at 29 (1955-1984)

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John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s

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Ed Marinaro is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Ed Marinaro age 68

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Joe Washington is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
slaft added Joe Washington age 64

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Charles White is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Charles White age 60

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Joe Cribbs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Joe Cribbs age 60

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Johnny Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s

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Chuck Muncie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Chuck Muncie Died at 60 (1953-2013)

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Wendell Tyler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Wendell Tyler age 62

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George Rogers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
George Rogers age 59

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Freeman McNeil is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s

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Mike Adamle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Mike Adamle age 68

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Don McCauley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Don McCauley age 68

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Willie McClendon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
kim-stevenson-baggett added Willie McClendon age 60

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Dave Preston is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Dave Preston age 62

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Mark Kellar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Mark Kellar

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Charles Alexander is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s