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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Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Walter Payton Chicago Bears

2
124 43
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Barry Sanders Oklahoma State Cowboys football, Detroit Lions

3
102 32
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Eric Dickerson Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders

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

5
76 34
Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
frank-westcoatt added Tony Dorsett Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Panthers football, Dallas Cowboys

6
77 35
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Earl Campbell New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, Texas Longhorns football

7
62 26
Roger Craig is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s

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Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Marcus Allen USC Trojans football, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs

9
64 32
John Riggins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
John Riggins Washington Redskins, New York Jets

10
60 34
Herschel Walker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Herschel Walker Georgia Bulldogs football team, New Jersey Generals, Philadelphia Eagles

11
54 34
Thurman Thomas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Thurman Thomas Buffalo Bills

12
43 30
Ottis Anderson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Ottis Anderson Arizona Cardinals, Miami Hurricanes football, New York Giants

13
39 28
Christian Okoye is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Christian Okoye Kansas City Chiefs

14
39 29
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Billy Sims Oklahoma Sooners football, Detroit Lions

15
35 27
Curt Warner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Curt Warner Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams

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

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

18
25 24
Franco Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
Franco Harris Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers, Penn State Nittany Lions football

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5 3
Tom Rathman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s
iflyolivia08 added Tom Rathman

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

21
18 21
Chuck Muncie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s

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9 24
Rueben Mayes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s