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The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time

Updated June 14, 2019 9.6k votes 2.2k voters 66.7k views16 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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  • 1
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    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...  more

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  • 2

    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...  more

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    #8 of 83 The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time#6 of 27 The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s

  • 3

    Seasons: 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986

    Herschel Walker (born March 3, 1962) is an American former professional football player,...  more
  • 4

    Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016

    Ezekiel Elijah Elliott (born July 22, 1995) is an American football running back for the...  more

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    #9 of 62 Who Is the Best Running Back in the NFL Right Now?#74 of 106 The Fastest NFL Players of All Time

  • 5

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

    Calvin G. Hill (born January 2, 1947) is a retired American football player. He played running...  more
  • 6

    Seasons: 1968, 1967, 1966, 1965, 1964, 1963, 1962, 1961

    Donald Anthony Perkins (born March 4, 1938) is a former American football fullback in the...  more
  • 7

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

    Preston James Pearson (born January 17, 1945) is a former American football running back in...  more
  • 8

    Seasons: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

    DeMarco Murray (born February 12, 1988) is a former American football running back who played...  more
  • 9

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

    Marion Sylvester Barber III (born June 10, 1983) is a former American football running back...  more
  • 10

    Seasons: 1971, 1970

    Duane Julius Thomas (born June 21, 1947) is a former American football running back in the...  more
  • 11

    Seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

    Julius Andre Maurice Jones (born August 14, 1981) is a former American football running back...  more
  • 12

    Seasons: 2017, 2016, 2015

    Darren McFadden (born August 27, 1987) is a former American football running back. He played...  more
  • 13

    Seasons: 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974

    William Douglas Dennison (born December 18, 1951) is a former American football running back...  more
  • 14
    85
    154

    Rod Smith

    Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

    Rod Smith is an American Football running back for the Ohio State Buckeyes....
  • 15
    85
    162

    Troy Hambrick

    Seasons: 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000

    Troy Hambrick (born November 6, 1976) is a former American football running back in the...  more
  • 16
    75
    172

    Paul Palmer

    Seasons: 1989

    Paul Woodrow Palmer (born October 14, 1964) is a former professional American football running...  more