Running Backs The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite NFL Running backs that played in the 80s

Running backs are the workhorses of a football team. They set the pace and take the biggest hits play after play. When talking about 80s running backs, well, you're talking about some of the greatest football players in the NFL... and some of the greatest football players of all time! Take a look at this list of RBs of the 80s and vote up your favorites!

From Thurman Thomas to Christian Okoye, Bo Jackson and beyond, the top running backs of the 80s were some of the strongest players on the gridiron. And this was back when you could still really hammer people. You know, before concussion science. Barry Sanders and Billy Sims are some of the best 1980s Running Backs that you'd also have to consider all time greats! Who are the best NFL running backs of the 80s in your opinion? The best running backs of the 80s.

So take a look at our list of the greatest RBs of the 80s and vote for your favorites! Be sure to voice your opinion about the top running backs of the 80s!
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1
123 36
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Chicago Bears

2
127 47
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Oklahoma State Cowboys football, Detroit Lions

3
105 35
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders

4
97 47
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Raiders

5
86 40
Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
USC Trojans football, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs

6
79 36
Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
frank-westcoatt added Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Panthers football, Dallas Cowboys

7
80 37
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, Texas Longhorns football

8
65 27
Roger Craig is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s

9
68 34
John Riggins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Washington Redskins, New York Jets

10
64 34
Herschel Walker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Georgia Bulldogs football team, New Jersey Generals, Philadelphia Eagles

11
59 34
Thurman Thomas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Buffalo Bills

12
46 31
Ottis Anderson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Arizona Cardinals, Miami Hurricanes football, New York Giants

13
42 29
Christian Okoye is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Kansas City Chiefs

14
41 29
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Oklahoma Sooners football, Detroit Lions

15
38 27
Curt Warner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams

16
25 20
Freeman McNeil is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s

17
23 18
Gerald Riggs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s

18
28 24
Franco Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers, Penn State Nittany Lions football

19
6 4
Tom Rathman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
iflyolivia08 added

20
39 42
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers

21
19 22
Chuck Muncie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s

22
11 24
Rueben Mayes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s