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The Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Backs of All Time 

Ranker College Football
Updated December 4, 2019 2.5k votes 524 voters 9.7k views 36 items

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College football fans, we’re ranking the best Notre Dame Fighting Irish running backs of all time. It includes every starting running back throughout Notre Dame Fighting Irish history, including current running backs and past ones. This Notre Dame football roster has famous All-Americans, Notre Dame running backs in the NFL, and Fighting Irish players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Featuring some of the greatest college running backs of all time, the best Notre Dame RBs include Autry Denson, Darius Walker, Josh Adams, and Cierre Wood. 

Who are the greatest running backs in Notre Dame Fighting Irish history? Add your favorites if they’re not all on this list of University of Notre Dame football players who have played as running back. Vote below, then head over and check out the best Notre Dame wide receivers ever.

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Jerome Bettis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Backs of All Time

1990 - 1992

2
Ricky Watters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Backs of All Time

1987 - 1990

3
Joshua Adams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Backs of All Time
Josh Adams

2015 - 2017

4
Reggie Brooks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Backs of All Time

1989 - 1992

5
Autry Denson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Backs of All Time
Autry Denson

1995 - 1998

6
Dexter Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Backs of All Time
Dexter Williams

2015 - 2018

7
Julius Jones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Backs of All Time

1999 - 2003

8
Allen Pinkett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Backs of All Time

1982 - 1985

9
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Backs of All Time
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10
Vagas Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Backs of All Time

1976 - 1979

11
Tony Brooks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Backs of All Time
Tony Brooks

1987 - 1991

12
Ryan Grant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Backs of All Time

2001 - 2004

13
Lee Becton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Backs of All Time
Lee Becton

1991 - 1994

14
Tony Rice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Backs of All Time

1987 - 1989

15
Anthony Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Backs of All Time

1986 - 1989

16
Rodney Culver is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Backs of All Time
Rodney Culver

1988 - 1991

17
Marc Edwards is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Backs of All Time
Marc Edwards

1993 - 1996

18
Darius Walker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Backs of All Time
Darius Walker

2004 - 2006

19
Jerome Heavens is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Backs of All Time
Jerome Heavens

1975 - 1978

20
George Gipp is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Backs of All Time
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21
Tony Fisher is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Backs of All Time
Tony Fisher

1998 - 2001

22
Cierre Wood is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Backs of All Time

2010 - 2012

23
Nick Eddy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Backs of All Time
Nick Eddy

1964 - 1966

24
Mark Green is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Backs of All Time
Mark Green

1985 - 1988

25
Armando Allen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Backs of All Time
Armando Allen

2007 - 2010