NFL The Best Detroit Lions Running Backs of All Time  

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Big fan of Detroit football? Then check out this list of Detroit Lions running backs with photos and seasons as starters. It includes every starting running back from throughout Detroit Lions history, including current running backs and past ones. Featuring some of the greatest NFL running backs of all time, the best Lions RBs include Barry Sanders, Billy Sims, Kevin Jones, and James Stewart.

In the 2017-18 NFL season, the current Detroit Lions starting RBs and backup RBs are Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick, Zach Zenner, and Dwayne Washington. 

Who are the best running backs in Detroit Lions history? Here is every player who has ever held the position of Detroit Lions starting running back.

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Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Running Backs of All Time
Barry Sanders Seasons: 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989

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Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Running Backs of All Time
Billy Sims Seasons: 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980

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Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Running Backs of All Time
Reggie Bush Seasons: 2014, 2013

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Theo Riddick is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Running Backs of All Time
Theo Riddick Seasons: 2016

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Ameer Abdullah is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Running Backs of All Time
Ameer Abdullah Seasons: 2017, 2015

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Mel Farr is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Running Backs of All Time
Mel Farr Seasons: 1970

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Dexter Bussey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Running Backs of All Time
Dexter Bussey Seasons: 1979, 1978, 1976

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Steve Owens is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Running Backs of All Time
Steve Owens Seasons: 1973, 1972

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Mikel Leshoure is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Running Backs of All Time
Mikel Leshoure Seasons: 2012

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Kevin Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Running Backs of All Time
Kevin Smith Seasons: 2009, 2008

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James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Running Backs of All Time
James Stewart Seasons:  2002, 2001, 2000

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Garry James is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Running Backs of All Time
Garry James Seasons: 1988, 1987, 1986

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Shawn Bryson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Running Backs of All Time
Shawn Bryson Seasons: 2003

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Kevin Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Running Backs of All Time
Kevin Jones Seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

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Altie Taylor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Running Backs of All Time
Altie Taylor Seasons: 1975, 1974

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Rick Kane is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Running Backs of All Time
Rick Kane Seasons: 1977

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Jahvid Best is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Running Backs of All Time
Jahvid Best Seasons: 2011, 2010

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Wilbert Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Running Backs of All Time
Wilbert Montgomery Seasons: 1985

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Greg Hill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Running Backs of All Time
Greg Hill Seasons: 1999