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The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time

Updated June 14, 2019 4.5k votes 907 voters 22.1k views20 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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  • 1

    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

    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 Football League....  more

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    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 the...  more
  • 4
    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 he...  more
  • 5

    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
  • 6

    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 football...  more
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    85

    Ted Brown

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

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  • 8

    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 at...  more
  • 9

    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
  • 10

    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 NFL...  more
  • 11

    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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    Jerick McKinnon

    Seasons: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

  • 13

    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. He...  more
  • 14
    79
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    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. He...  more
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    50
    75

    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 VIII...  more
  • 16

    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....  more
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    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 tied...  more
  • 18

    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 also...  more
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    28
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    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 success,...  more
  • 20

    Seasons: 1993

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