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The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s 

Ranker College Football
Updated November 2, 2019 1.1k votes 260 voters 3.5k views 26 items

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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
Running back from Texas, Tyler, USA
2
Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Running back from Rochester, Pennsylvania, United States of America
3
Archie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Running back from Columbus, Ohio, United States of America
4
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
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Ricky Bell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Running back from Houston, Texas
6
Johnny Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Running back and Return specialist from Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America
7
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Running back from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Ed Marinaro is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Running back from New York City, New York, USA
9
Joe Washington is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
slaft added Running back from Crockett, Texas
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Charles White is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
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Chuck Muncie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Running back from Uniontown, Pennsylvania
12
Herschel Walker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Edward Miller added Running back and Return specialist from Wrightsville, Georgia, United States of America
13
George Rogers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
George Rogers Running back from Duluth, Georgia
14
Greg Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Running back from Houston, Texas
15
Joe Cribbs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Joe Cribbs Running back from Sulligent, Alabama
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Freeman McNeil is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Freeman McNeil Running back from Jackson, Mississippi
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Wendell Tyler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Running back from Shreveport, Louisiana
18
Jerome Bettis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Edward Miller added Running back from Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
19
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Edward Miller added Running back from California, United States of America
20
Keith Byars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Edward Miller added Running back from Dayton, Ohio
21
Don McCauley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Don McCauley Running back from Worcester, Massachusetts
22
Mike Adamle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Running back from Euclid, Ohio, USA
23
Willie McClendon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
kim-stevenson-baggett added Running back from Brunswick, Georgia
24
Dave Preston is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Dave Preston Running back from Dayton, Ohio
25
Charles Alexander is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Running back from Galveston, Texas