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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331 54
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

2
235 53
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

3
221 101
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time
Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016

4
180 77
Herschel Walker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time
Seasons: 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986

5
171 75
DeMarco Murray is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time
Seasons: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

6
113 58
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

7
128 71
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

8
84 47
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

9
76 49
Duane Thomas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time
Seasons: 1971, 1970

10
64 54
Julius Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time
Seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

11
69 63
Darren McFadden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time
Seasons: 2017, 2016, 2015

12
23 42
Doug Dennison is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time
Doug Dennison Seasons: 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974

13
26 47
Troy Hambrick is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time
Troy Hambrick Seasons: 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000

14
17 43
Paul Palmer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time
Paul Palmer Seasons: 1989

15
4 21
Rod Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time
Rod Smith Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015