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The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s 

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Updated February 8, 2020 2.8k votes 584 voters 8.8k views 27 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite NFL Running backs that played in the 70s

Running backs are the workhorses of a football team. No one is going to argue that. Well, maybe linemen will. But, they set the pace and take the biggest hits play after play. So, when talking about 70s running backs, you have to realize that you're talking about some of the greatest football players in the history of the NFL! Take a look at this list of RBs of the 70s and vote up your favorites! Who do you think are the best running backs of the 70s?

These are the greatest running backs on the 70s. Which means these players are in a pretty elite class. From Larry Brown to OJ Simpson, the top Running Backs of the 70s are some of the strongest players to ever take the field, players like Earl Campbell come to mind! Tony Dorsett and Walter Payton, obviously, are on this list of the best 1970s Running Backs 

So take a look at this list of the greatest RBs of the 70s and vote up your favorites! Who are the top running backs of the 1970s?
list ordered by
1
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Running back from Columbia, Mississippi, United States of America
2
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Running back from California, United States of America
3
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Running back from Texas, Tyler, USA
4
Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Running back from Rochester, Pennsylvania, United States of America
5
Franco Harris is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
6
Larry Csonka is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Running back and Fullback from Stow, Ohio, United States of America
7
Chuck Foreman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Chuck Foreman Running back from Frederick, Maryland
8
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Running back from Clairton, Pennsylvania
9
Lydell Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Running back from Salem, New Jersey
10
Lawrence McCutcheon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Running back from Plainview, Texas
11
Chuck Muncie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Running back from Uniontown, Pennsylvania
12
Wilbert Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Running back from Greenville, Mississippi
13
Otis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Running back from Chicago, Illinois
14
Greg Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Running back from Houston, Texas
15
Calvin Hill is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Running back from Baltimore, Maryland
16
Joe Washington is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Running back from Crockett, Texas
17
Terry Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Cecil Battiste added Running back and Return specialist from Seattle, Washington
18
Floyd Little is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Todd Naughton added Floyd Little Halfback from New Haven, Connecticut
19
Mike Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Steve Y added Running back from Chicago, Illinois
20
Duane Thomas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Running back and Fullback from Dallas, Texas
21
Marvin Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
jim.vivian added Running back from Salamanca, New York
22
MacArthur Lane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Todd Naughton added MacArthur Lane Running back from Oakland, California
23
Ron Johnson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Todd Naughton added Running back and Halfback from Detroit, Michigan
24
Clarence Davis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Running back from Birmingham, USA, Alabama
25
Mike Thomas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Running back from Greenville, Texas, United States of America