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The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time

Updated February 6, 2020 5.6k votes 1.0k voters 26.7k views24 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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  • 1

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

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  • 2

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

  • 3

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

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    #299 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame#62 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

  • 4
    265
    112

    Neal Anderson

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

  • 5
    236
    106

    Thomas Jones

    Bears career: 2006, 2005, 2004

  • 6

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

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    #41 of 94 The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time#14 of 34 The Best Penn State Nittany Lions Running Backs of All Time

  • 7

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

  • 8
    274
    172

    Jordan Howard

    Bears career: 2018, 2017, 2016

  • 9

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

  • 10
    86
    38

    Roland Harper

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

  • 11

    Bears career: 2018, 2017

  • 12

    Bears career: 2003, 2002, 2001

  • 13

    Bears career: 1997, 1996

  • 14
    48
    75

    Lewis Tillman

    Bears career: 1994

  • 15
    27
    44

    Dave Williams

    Bears career: 1981, 1980, 1979

  • 16
    45
    75

    James Allen

    Bears career: 2000

  • 17

    Bears career: 1995

  • 18
    87
    164

    Cedric Benson

    Bears career: 2007

  • 19
    28
    67

    Carl Garrett

    Bears career: 1973

  • 20
    24
    61

    Don Shy

    Bears career: 1971

  • 21
    22
    60

    Ken Grandberry

    Bears career: 1974

  • 22

    Bears career: 1998

  • 23
    27
    69

    Cyril Pinder

    Bears career: 1972

  • 24

    Bears career: 1999