NFL The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time  

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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 is an American football running back for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Vikings seventh overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. He ...more

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

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

Walter Eugene "Chuck" Foreman is a retired American football football player. He was a running back during his National Football League career, and often caught passes out of the ...more

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

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

Robert Scott Smith is a former American football running back who played with the Ohio State Buckeyes and later with the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL.

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Bill Brown is listed (or ranked) 4 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 is a former American football player. Brown was a running back in the National Football League for 14 seasons, including 13 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, and was named ...more

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Dave Osborn 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

Dave Osborn is a former professional American football player who played running back for twelve seasons for the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers. He was drafted by the Vikings in ...more

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Ted Brown is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time
Ted Brown

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

Thomas Edward "Ted" Brown is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League for eight seasons during the late 1970s ...more

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Darrin Nelson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time

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

 

Darren Milo Nelson is a former professional American football player in the National Football League who played for the majority of his career with the Minnesota Vikings. Nelson grew up in ...more

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Terry Allen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991

Terry Thomas Allen, Jr. is a former American football player who was a running back in the National Football League for eleven seasons. Allen played college football for Clemson University. In ...more

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Chester Taylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

Chester Lamar Taylor 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 Draft. In 2006, he ...more

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

Seasons: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

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Moe Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 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 "Moe" Williams is a former American football running back in the National Football League. He formerly played for the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens. He attended ...more

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

Seasons: 1991, 1990, 1989

Herschel Junior Walker is a former college and professional football player, bobsledder, sprinter and mixed martial artist. He played college football for the University of Georgia, earned ...more

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Michael Bennett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001

Michael A. Bennett 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 played college ...more

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Rickey Young is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time

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

Rickey Young is a former American football running back who played nine seasons in the NFL. Young played college football at Jackson State and was a teammate of Walter Payton. Rickey was drafted ...more

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Oscar Reed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time
Oscar Reed

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

Oscar Reed is a former professional American football player who played running back for eight seasons for the Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons. He currently resides in Minneapolis,

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Dalvin Cook is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time
Dalvin James Cook 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 finished his career ...more

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Mewelde Moore is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time

Seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

Mewelde Jaem Cadere Moore 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 played with the ...more

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Matt Asiata is listed (or ranked) 18 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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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 is an American football fullback for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. He previously played for the Minnesota Vikings, where he had been a fundamental ...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 is a former American football running back for the National Football League.