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The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time

Updated 4 Dec 2019 1.5k votes 258 voters 3.0k views30 items

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College football fans, we’re ranking the best Illinois Fighting Illini running backs of all time. It includes every starting running back throughout Illinois Fighting Illini history, including current running backs and past ones. This Illinois football roster has famous All-Americans, Illinois running backs in the NFL, and Fighting Illini players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Featuring some of the greatest college running backs of all time, the best Illinois RBs include Robert Holcombe, Jim Grabowski, Mikel Leshoure, and Pierre Thomas.

Who are the greatest running backs in Illinois Fighting Illini history? Add your favorites if they’re not all on this list of University of Illinois football players who have played as running back. 

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