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The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time 

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Updated June 14, 2019 3.7k votes 846 voters 20.6k views 20 items

Big fan of Minnesota football? Then check out this list of Minnesota Vikings running backs with photos and seasons as starters. It includes every starting running back from throughout Minnesota Vikings history, including current running backs and past ones. Featuring 2018-2019 Minnesota Vikings and some of the greatest NFL running backs of all time, the best Vikings RBs include Adrian Peterson, Robert Smith, Michael Bennett, and Darrin Nelson. 

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

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Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007

Adrian Lewis Peterson (born March 21, 1985) is an American football running back for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oklahoma and was ...more

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Chuck Foreman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time
Chuck Foreman

Seasons: 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973

Walter Eugene "Chuck" Foreman (born October 26, 1950) is a retired American football running back who played for the Minnesota Vikings and the New England Patriots in the National ...more

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Robert Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time
Robert Smith

Seasons: 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993

Robert Scott Smith (born March 4, 1972) is a college football analyst for Fox Sports and the Big Ten Network. He was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons with ...more
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Dalvin Cook is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time
Dalvin James Cook (born August 10, 1995) is an American football running back for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida State, where ...more
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Bill Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 1975, 1974, 1973, 1972, 1971, 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1966, 1965, 1964, 1963

William Dorsey Brown (June 29, 1938 – November 4, 2018) was an American football player. Brown was a running back in the National Football League for 14 seasons, including 13 seasons with the ...more
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Terry Allen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991

Terry Thomas Allen, Jr. (born February 21, 1968) is a former American football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. Allen played college ...more
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Ted Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time
Ted Brown

Seasons: 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979

Ted Brown may refer to: Ted Brown (engineer) (born 1938), Australian expert in rock mechanics Ted Brown (American football) (born 1957), American football player Ted Brown (Australian ...more
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Dave Osborn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 1975, 1974, 1973, 1972, 1971, 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1966, 1965

Dave Osborn (born March 18, 1943 in Everett, Washington) is a former professional American football player who played running back for twelve seasons for the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay ...more
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Herschel Walker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 1991, 1990, 1989

Herschel Walker (born March 3, 1962) is an American former professional football player, bobsledder, sprinter, and mixed martial artist. He played college football for the University of Georgia, ...more

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Chester Taylor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

Chester Lamar Taylor (born September 22, 1979) is a former American football running back in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round of the 2002 ...more
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Jerick McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time
Jerick McKinnon

Seasons: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

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Darrin Nelson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982

 

Darrin Milo Nelson (born January 2, 1959) is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Minnesota Vikings and San Diego Chargers. He played college football ...more
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Rickey Young is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978

Rickey Young (born December 7, 1953 in Mobile, Alabama) is a former American football running back who played nine seasons in the NFL.
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Moe Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time
Moe Williams

Seasons: 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996

Maurece Jabari Williams (born July 26, 1974) is a former American football running back in the National Football League (NFL). He formerly played for the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens. ...more
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Michael Bennett is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001

Michael A. Bennett (born August 13, 1978) is a former American football running back in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings 27th overall in the 2001 NFL Draft. ...more
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Oscar Reed is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time
Oscar Reed

Seasons: 1974, 1973, 1972, 1971, 1970, 1969, 1968

Oscar Reed (born March 24, 1944) is a former professional American football player who played running back for eight seasons for the Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons. He started Super Bowl ...more
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Matt Asiata is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time
Matt Asiata

Seasons: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

Matt Asiata is an American football running back for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He went undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft, He played college football at Utah. Asiata is ...more
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Mewelde Moore is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

Mewelde Jaem Cadere Moore (born July 24, 1982) is a former American football running back. He was originally drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. Moore ...more
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Jerome Felton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time
Jerome Felton

Seasons: 2014, 2013, 2012

Jerome Jean-Marie Felton (born July 3, 1986) is a former American football fullback. He previously played for the Minnesota Vikings, where he had been a fundamental part of Adrian Peterson's ...more
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Barry Word is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 1993

Barry Quentin Word (born July 17, 1964) is a former American football running back for the National Football League.