70s The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s  

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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
140 33
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Chicago Bears

2
108 33
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, Texas Longhorns football

3
117 47
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers

4
88 34
Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Panthers football, Dallas Cowboys

5
79 38
Franco Harris is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers, Penn State Nittany Lions football

6
74 36
Larry Csonka is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Syracuse Orange football, Miami Dolphins, Memphis Southmen

7
66 35
Chuck Foreman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s

8
49 39
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s

9
29 23
Otis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s

10
33 29
Greg Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s

11
29 25
Wilbert Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s

12
25 22
Lydell Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s

13
27 26
Chuck Muncie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s

14
8 5
Floyd Little is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Todd Naughton added Denver Broncos, Syracuse Orange football

15
22 23
Joe Washington is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s

16
31 35
Lawrence McCutcheon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s

17
25 29
Calvin Hill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Washington Redskins, The Hawaiians, Cleveland Browns

18
21 25
Clarence Davis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s

19
3 3
Mike Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Steve Y added Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs

20
6 8
MacArthur Lane is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Todd Naughton added

21
5 7
Ron Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s
Todd Naughton added

22
21 30
Duane Thomas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s

23
13 26
Mike Thomas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s

24
9 25
Terdell Middleton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s

25
7 28
Delvin Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s