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The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time 

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Updated June 14, 2019 7.9k votes 2k voters 62.4k views 16 items

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 (born May 15, 1969) is a former college and professional American football running back who became the National Football League's (NFL) all-time leading rusher during his ...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 Drew "Tony" Dorsett (born April 7, 1954) is a former American football running back who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys and ...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 (born July 22, 1995) 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 ...more

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

Seasons: 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986

Herschel Walker (born March 3, 1962) is an American former professional football player, bobsledder, sprinter, and mixed martial artist. He played college football for the University of Georgia, ...more

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

Seasons: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

DeMarco Murray (born February 12, 1988) is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 7 seasons. A three-time Pro Bowl selection and one-time ...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 (born January 2, 1947) is a retired American football player. He played running back in the National Football League for twelve seasons. Hill played for the NFL Dallas Cowboys, ...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 (born June 10, 1983) is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons. After playing college football for ...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 (born January 17, 1945) is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Baltimore Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys. He played ...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 (born June 21, 1947) is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins. He played college football ...more
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Don Perkins is listed (or ranked) 10 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 (born March 4, 1938) is a former American football fullback in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of New
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Julius Jones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

Julius Andre Maurice Jones (born August 14, 1981) is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints. He ...more
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Darren McFadden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 2017, 2016, 2015

Darren McFadden (born August 27, 1987) is a former American football running back. He played college football for the University of Arkansas, and was picked fourth overall by the Oakland Raiders ...more
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Doug Dennison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974

William Douglas Dennison (born December 18, 1951) is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns. He also was a member of ...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 (born November 6, 1976) is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. He played college football at ...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 (born October 14, 1964) is a former professional American football running back in the National Football League for the Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys. ...more