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The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time

Updated June 14, 2019 10.2k votes 2.1k voters 65.1k 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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    Emmitt Smith
    1,289
    209

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

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    #1 of 85 The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time#959 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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    Tony Dorsett

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

  • 3
    Ezekiel Elliott

    Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016

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    #64 of 106 The Fastest NFL Players of All Time#5 of 83 The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time

  • 4
    Herschel Walker

    Seasons: 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986

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    #95 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#17 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

  • 5
    Calvin Hill

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

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    #15 of 27 The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s#81 of 163 The Smartest Professional Athletes

  • 6
    DeMarco Murray

    Seasons: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

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    #11 of 74 The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time#111 of 143 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

  • 7
    Preston Pearson

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

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    #106 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time#42 of 42 The Best NFL Players From Illinois

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    Don Perkins

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

  • 9
    Marion Barber III

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

  • 10
    Duane Thomas

    Seasons: 1971, 1970

  • 11
    Julius Jones

    Seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

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    Darren McFadden

    Seasons: 2017, 2016, 2015

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    #58 of 80 The Best NFL Player Nicknames#141 of 142 The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts

  • 13
    Doug Dennison

    Seasons: 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974

  • 14
    Rod Smith
    95
    159

    Rod Smith

    Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

  • 15
    Troy Hambrick
    91
    169

    Troy Hambrick

    Seasons: 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000

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    Paul Palmer
    75
    179

    Paul Palmer

    Seasons: 1989