NFL The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time  

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Big fan of Arizona football? Then check out this list of Arizona Cardinals running backs with photos and seasons as starters. It includes every starting running back from throughout Arizona Cardinals history, including current running backs and past ones. Featuring 2018-2019 Arizona Cardinals and some of the greatest NFL running backs of all time, the best Cardinals RBs include Edgerrin James, Ottis Anderson, Terry Metcalf, and Tim Hightower. 

Who are the best running backs in Arizona Cardinals history? Here is every player who has ever held the position of Arizona Cardinals starting running back.

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37 9
David Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time
David Johnson Seasons: 2016

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25 6
Ottis Anderson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time
Ottis Anderson Seasons: 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979

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Edgerrin James is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time
Edgerrin James Seasons: 2008, 2007, 2006

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18 6
Stump Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time
Stump Mitchell Seasons: 1988, 1987, 1986

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19 7
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time
Emmitt Smith Seasons: 2004

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21 9
Chris Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time
Chris Johnson Seasons: 2015

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Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time
Adrian Peterson Seasons: 2017

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17 6
Terry Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time
Terry Metcalf Seasons:  1977, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973

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14 4
Andre Ellington is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time
Andre Ellington Seasons: 2014

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12 3
Tim Hightower is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time
Tim Hightower Seasons: 2010, 2009

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13 5
John Carlson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time
John Carlson Seasons: 2014

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8 1
MacArthur Lane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time
MacArthur Lane Seasons: 1971

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11 4
Marcel Shipp is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time
Marcel Shipp Seasons: 2005, 2003

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11 4
Beanie Wells is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time
Beanie Wells Seasons: 2012, 2011

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12 5
Rashard Mendenhall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time
Rashard Mendenhall Seasons: 2013

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7 1
Ronald Moore is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time
Ronald Moore Seasons: 1994, 1993

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7 1
Michael Pittman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time
Michael Pittman Seasons: 2001, 2000

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7 2
Johnny Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time
Johnny Johnson Seasons: 1992, 1991, 1990

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6 1
Cid Edwards is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time
Cid Edwards Seasons: 1970

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7 2
Thomas Jones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time
Thomas Jones Seasons: 2002

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6 2
Tony Jordan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time
Tony Jordan Seasons: 1989

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6 2
LeShon Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time
LeShon Johnson Seasons: 1996

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6 2
Garrison Hearst is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time
Garrison Hearst Seasons: 1995

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6 2
Donny Anderson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time
Donny Anderson Seasons: 1972

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5 1
Leeland McElroy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time
Leeland McElroy Seasons: 1997

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4 1
Adrian Murrell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time
Adrian Murrell Seasons: 1999, 1998

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4 2
Wayne Morris is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Running Backs of All Time
Wayne Morris Seasons: 1978