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

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Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time
Tony Dorsett Seasons: 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977

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Herschel Walker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time
Herschel Walker Seasons: 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986

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DeMarco Murray is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time
DeMarco Murray Seasons: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

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Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time
Ezekiel Elliott Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016

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Marion Barber III is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time
Marion Barber III Seasons: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

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Calvin Hill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time
Calvin Hill Seasons: 1974, 1973, 1972, 1971, 1970, 1969

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Preston Pearson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time
Preston Pearson Seasons: 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975

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

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Darren McFadden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time
Darren McFadden Seasons: 2017, 2016, 2015

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Julius Jones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All Time
Julius Jones Seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

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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

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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

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

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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