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The Best Minnesota Vikings Running Backs of All Time

Updated June 14, 2019 4.5k votes 904 voters 22.0k 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...  more

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    74

    Chuck Foreman

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

    Walter Eugene "Chuck" Foreman (born October 26, 1950) is a retired American football running...  more

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  • 3
    309
    85

    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...  more
  • 4
    Dalvin James Cook (born August 10, 1995) is an American football running back for the...  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...  more
  • 6

    Seasons: 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991

    Terry Thomas Allen, Jr. (born February 21, 1968) is a former American football player who was...  more
  • 7
    128
    86

    Ted Brown

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

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  • 8

    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...  more
  • 9

    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...  more
  • 10

    Seasons: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

    Chester Lamar Taylor (born September 22, 1979) is a former American football running back in...  more
  • 11

    Seasons: 1991, 1990, 1989

    Herschel Walker (born March 3, 1962) is an American former professional football player,...  more
  • 12

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

    Rickey Young (born December 7, 1953 in Mobile, Alabama) is a former American football running...  more
  • 13
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    116

    Jerick McKinnon

    Seasons: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

  • 14

    Seasons: 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001

    Michael A. Bennett (born August 13, 1978) is a former American football running back in the...  more
  • 15
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    70

    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...  more
  • 16
    51
    76

    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...  more
  • 17
    70
    123

    Matt Asiata

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

    Matt Asiata is an American football running back for the Minnesota Vikings of the National...  more
  • 18

    Seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

    Mewelde Jaem Cadere Moore (born July 24, 1982) is a former American football running back. He...  more
  • 19
    29
    95

    Jerome Felton

    Seasons: 2014, 2013, 2012

    Jerome Jean-Marie Felton (born July 3, 1986) is a former American football fullback. He...  more
  • 20

    Seasons: 1993

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