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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
age 60
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Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
age 64
3
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
age 63
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Johnny Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
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Joe Washington is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
slaft added age 62
7
Chuck Muncie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Dec. at 60 (1953-2013)
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Charles White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
age 61
9
George Rogers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
age 57
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Greg Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
age 64
11
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
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Ricky Bell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Died at 29 (1955-1984)
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Joe Cribbs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
age 57
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Ed Marinaro is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
age 68
15
Freeman McNeil is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
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Wendell Tyler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
age 63
17
Don McCauley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Don McCauley age 69
18
Mike Adamle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
age 69
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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 age 58
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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 63
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Charles Alexander is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
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Mark Kellar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s
Mark Kellar