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The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s 

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Updated September 21, 2019 3.1k votes 565 voters 9.7k views 26 items

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!
list ordered by
1
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Running back from Columbia
2
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Running back from Wichita
3
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Running back from Sealy
4
Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Running back from San Diego
5
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Running back from Bessemer
6
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Running back from Tyler
7
Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
frank-westcoatt added Running back from Rochester
8
Roger Craig is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Running back and Fullback from Davenport
9
Herschel Walker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Running back and Return specialist from Wrightsville
10
John Riggins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Running back and Fullback from Seneca
11
Thurman Thomas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Running back from Houston
12
Ottis Anderson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
13
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
14
Christian Okoye is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Christian Okoye Running back from Enugu
15
Curt Warner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Curt Warner Running back from Wyoming
16
Freeman McNeil is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Freeman McNeil Running back from Jackson
17
Franco Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
18
Gerald Riggs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Gerald Riggs Running back from Tullos
19
Chuck Muncie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Running back from Uniontown
20
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Running back from California
21
Earnest Byner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Y2JGQ2 added Running back and Fullback from Milledgeville
22
Neal Anderson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Y2JGQ2 added Neal Anderson Running back from Graceville
23
Tom Rathman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
iflyolivia08 added Fullback from Grand Island
24
James Wilder is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Y2JGQ2 added Running back and Fullback from Sikeston
25
Joe Morris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Y2JGQ2 added Joe Morris Running back from Fort Bragg