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Running Backs The Best 80s College Running Backs  

Ranker College Football
639 votes 178 voters 2.8k views

List Rules Vote up who you think is the best college running back of the 80s

Do you remember what trends were big in the 80s? Do you remember what hairstyles left a huge imprint? Or what bands kept you rocking all night long? That's great if you do... but how about the best college running backs? Do you recall the most famous college running backs of all? If you do, or if you don't, this is the list for you. These are the top college running backs of the 80s, ranked by user votes. Some of the players on this list had great college careers in the 80s at the RB position only to fade away. But, there are of course others on this list that not only became great NFL RBs, but almost mythical creatures (Bo Jackson).

From the aforementioned Bo Jackson to George Rogers and beyond, their are tons of great 80s running backs on this list. 

In case your memory is fading check out this list of the top collegiate football RBs from the great 1980s. Don't forget to vote for the player you think was the greatest of all time. 
list ordered by

1
46 7
Herschel Walker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
ken-dog added Georgia Bulldogs football team, New Jersey Generals, Philadelphia Eagles

2
55 12
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
Oklahoma State Cowboys football, Detroit Lions

3
58 14
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Raiders

4
21 14
Thurman Thomas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
Buffalo Bills

5
24 18
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
Florida Gators football, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys

6
21 16
George Rogers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins, South Carolina Gamecocks football

7
19 16
Mike Rozier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs

8
10 11
Neal Anderson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs

9
8 9
Napoleon McCallum is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs

10
12 15
Curt Warner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams

11
16 20
Ickey Woods is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
Cincinnati Bengals

12
11 14
Eric Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs

13
8 11
Greg Allen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs

14
8 11
Craig Heyward is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons

15
6 9
Anthony Thompson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs

16
6 10
Bobby Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs

17
5 10
Joe Morris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs

18
5 10
Darrin Nelson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs

19
4 9
Blair Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs

20
10 17
Jarvis Redwine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs

21
3 8
Rueben Mayes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs

22
6 12
James Brooks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs