Football Players The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time  

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Big fan of Dallas football? Then check out this list of Dallas Cowboys running backs with photos and seasons as starters. It includes every starting running back from throughout Dallas Cowboys history, including current running backs and past ones. Featuring 2018-2019 Dallas Cowboys and some of the greatest NFL running backs of all time, the best Cowboys RBs include Emmitt Smith, Tony Dorsett, Julius Jones, and DeMarco Murray. 

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

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Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990

Emmitt James Smith, III is an American former college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League for fifteen seasons during the 1990s and 2000s. ...more

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Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977

Anthony "Tony" Drew Dorsett is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos. After graduating from Hopewell High ...more

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Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016

Ezekiel Elijah Elliott is an American football running back for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State, where he earned second-team ...more

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DeMarco Murray is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

DeMarco Murray is a former American football running back who played seven seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oklahoma and was drafted by the Dallas ...more

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Herschel Walker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986

Herschel Junior Walker is a former college and professional football player, bobsledder, sprinter and mixed martial artist. He played college football for the University of Georgia, earned ...more

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Calvin Hill is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 1974, 1973, 1972, 1971, 1970, 1969

Calvin G. Hill is a retired American football running back who had a 12-year NFL career from 1969 to 1981. He played for the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns. In 1975 he ...more

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Marion Barber III is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Marion Sylvester Barber III is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League for seven seasons. After playing college football for the Minnesota Golden ...more

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Preston Pearson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975

Preston James Pearson is a former professional American football running back in the National Football League who played for the Baltimore Colts, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Dallas Cowboys. ...more

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Duane Thomas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 1971, 1970

Duane Julius Thomas is a former American football running back in the National Football League who played four seasons for the Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers, and Washington Redskins from ...more

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Julius Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

Julius Andre Maurice Jones is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League. He played for the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints. He ...more

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Darren McFadden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 2017, 2016, 2015

Darren McFadden is an American football running back for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Arkansas, and was picked fourth ...more

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Don Perkins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time
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Seasons: 1968, 1967, 1966, 1965, 1964, 1963, 1962, 1961

Donald Anthony Perkins is a former American football Fullback who spent eight seasons with the National Football League's Dallas Cowboys.

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Doug Dennison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time
Doug Dennison

Seasons: 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974

William Douglas Dennison is a former American football running back who played six seasons for the Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. He later played for the ...more

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Rod Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time
Rod Smith

Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

Rod Smith is an American Football running back for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

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Troy Hambrick is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time
Troy Hambrick

Seasons: 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000

Troy Hambrick is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. In his career, he amassed 2,179 yards rushing and 276 yards ...more

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Paul Palmer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time
Paul Palmer

Seasons: 1989

Paul Woodrow Palmer is a former professional American football running back. He played in the National Football League for three seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs, the Detroit Lions, and the ...more