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The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time 

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Updated February 6, 2020 4.4k votes 972 voters 25.3k views 24 items

Big fan of Chicago football? Then check out this list of Chicago Bears running backs with photos and seasons as starters. It includes every starting running back from throughout Chicago Bears history, including current running backs and past ones. Featuring 2018-2019 Chicago Bears and some of the greatest NFL running backs of all time, the best Bears RBs include Matt Forte, Walter Payton, Neal Anderson, and Thomas Jones, among other NFL greats.

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

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Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time

Bears career: 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975

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Gale Sayers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time

Bears career: 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971

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Matt Forté is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time

Bears career: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

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#41 of 221 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time #227 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #14 of 147 The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time

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Neal Anderson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time
Neal Anderson

Bears career: 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988

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Thomas Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time
Thomas Jones

Bears career: 2006, 2005, 2004

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Jordan Howard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time
Jordan Howard

Bears career: 2018, 2017, 2016

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Tarik Cohen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time

Bears career: 2018, 2017

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Matt Suhey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time
Steve Y added

Bears career: 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980

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Willie Galimore is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time

Bears career: 1963, 1962, 1961, 1960, 1959, 1958, 1957

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Rick Casares is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time
Jon Anderson added

Bears career: 1964, 1963, 1962, 1961, 1960, 1959, 1958, 1957, 1956, 1955

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Roland Harper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time
Steve Y added Roland Harper

Bears career: 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975

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Anthony Thomas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time

Bears career: 2003, 2002, 2001

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Raymont Harris is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time

Bears career: 1997, 1996

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Dave Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time
Steve Y added Dave Williams

Bears career: 1981, 1980, 1979

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Lewis Tillman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time
Lewis Tillman

Bears career: 1994

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James Allen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time
James Allen

Bears career: 2000

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Rashaan Salaam is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time

Bears career: 1995

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Cedric Benson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time
Cedric Benson

Bears career: 2007

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Don Shy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time
Don Shy

Bears career: 1971

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Cyril Pinder is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time
Cyril Pinder

Bears career: 1972

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Carl Garrett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time
Carl Garrett

Bears career: 1973

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Ken Grandberry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time
Ken Grandberry

Bears career: 1974

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Edgar Bennett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time

Bears career: 1998

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Curtis Enis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time

Bears career: 1999