Top Ten NFL Running Backs of All Time


The Top Ten

1 Barry Sanders Barry Sanders Barry Sanders is a former American football running back who spent his entire professional career with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League.

Barry sanders is the best obviously he brought the running back level to a whole new level

Who is Barry sanders

He is the best

Jim Brown averaged 5.2 yards per carry and Barry only had 5.0 that is there only difference

Simply the best RB ever! It's not even a question in my opinion. Remember, Barry had one of the worst OLs run blocking for him (except for the '91 team) for the vast majority of his career and he still managed to put up GoaT stats. Not to mention, all you have to do is watch Barry play and watch his highlights to see that he was the most talented RB of all time. His running ability/skills were and are still unmatched. If he'd actually had a good line blocking for him during his 9yr career he would've easily put up well over 20,000 rushing yrds, not to mention his TDs and receiving yrds. The best RB ever! Period. The end.

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2 Walter Payton Walter Payton Walter Jerry Payton was an American football running back who played for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League for thirteen seasons.

To quote Madden NFL 2005: "Walter Payton was selected to 9 Pro Bowls in his 13-year career. The best ever! "

Again people he could juke truck spin had speed and my opinion is WALTER IS 1!

The best all around

He should be ahead of Barry Sanders - 2storm

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3 Emmitt Smith Emmitt Smith Emmitt James Smith III is a former college and professional American football running back who became the National Football League's all-time leading rusher during his fifteen seasons in the league during the 1990s and 2000s.

Yes he also had Michael Irvin,Troy Aikman and the best offensive line in NFL history which included Larry allen. And he had jerry Jones as owner who is considered won of the best owners ever and he had a great coach the only reason he succeeded was because he was put into a great position to be great

If you have more yards gained than anyone else that makes you best. I know, he played in more games than others mentioned. That makes his rushing yardage even more impressive. He was able to play in more games, and stayed hyealthy.

All time rushing leader, need I say more.

Most rushing yards & 3 rings.

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4 Jim Brown Jim Brown

Jimmy Brown was the best running back of his, or any other time. At 6'2", 230 lbs. with 9.7 speed in the 100 yard dash, Brown was the best combination of size, power, balance, speed and durability (He never missed a game in 9 years) ever. When you consider he only played 12 game seasons... and retired still at the height of his powers, his records (per game) are still the best ever. And... He was a very good receiver, also. Sure, he did not block, but, he was not asked to. They did not ask him to kick field goals either, but, he was pretty good at that, too. (look it up)

It's hard to comprehend how amazing of aback he was because he did so much at Syracuse... Everything and he was the best at all.
He was literally running the game and everyone else was trying to catch up and attempt to bring this monster down


5 Eric Dickerson Eric Dickerson Eric Demetric Dickerson is a former college and professional American football player who was a running back in the National Football League for eleven seasons during the 1980s and 1990s.

He has th emost yards ever in a season

He should be 5tg

Be in top 4

6 Marshall Faulk Marshall Faulk Marshall William Faulk is a former college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League for twelve seasons. V 1 Comment
7 Adrian Peterson Adrian Peterson Adrian Lewis Peterson is an American football running back who originally played for the Minnesota Vikings and currently plays for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League.

He should be rank 3 because of his intense strength and his loyalty to tell the truth to everyone and everything and he has broken the record for the most rushing yards in one season WITHOUT the extension of the playoffs

"All Day" is the consummate running back with size, speed and strength. He can run by you or through you.

Beating your children does not represent the talent you have out on the gridiron.


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8 LaDainian Tomlinson

Should easily be in top 10 at least

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9 Earl Campbell Earl Campbell Earl Christian Campbell is a former American football running back who played professionally in the National Football League for the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints.

Earl was a pleasure to watch, you could see the passion he had for the game in the way he carried himself day in and day out. No one person was going to stop Earl, he could run around you but what fun was in that he preferred to run through you and then over you and if he had to he could out run you. Show me a back that had a higher level combination of strength and speed and that played in his era with no offensive line against probably the best dynasty of all time in the Pittsburgh Steelers with 9 Hall of Famers to 0 for the Oilers and then I would concede that Earl should be second, but in my opinion there isn't one. But the most impressive thing to me was the person Earl was, never a showboat let his play on the field do the talking. He would never throw is teammates under the bus, he was the consummate team player.

Sorry he's number 11 on here but he should be top 5 still

U moron! first of all adrian Peterson top 5 if not even on this list. You can't have Beastmode and Jamaal Charles ahead of Peterson

10 Bo Jackson Bo Jackson

Best he is faster than marshawn lynch and he is better and stronger bigger and just better

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The Contenders

11 O.J. Simpson O.J. Simpson

Maybe if he wasn't a serial killer like Hillary Clinton, than he would be a top 5


I think OJ is a great running back, but I think he is overrated. No doubt he is one of the best of all time. But out of 11 years he only had 5 years with 1000+ yard season and 2 seasons with 10+ touchdowns. Now you can argue that the Nfl had only 14 games a team, but would 2 games really make a huge difference especially if Oj had no problems getting good stats anyways. And when you look at his 2000 yard year, the bills Qb had around 900 passing yards 4 touchdowns and 100 less attempts than Oj; it's not going to be to hard to rush for 2000 yards when you're running the ball 75% of the time.I think Ladanian and Dorsett deserve to be above him at least.

O.J. is bad person and should not be in the top ten.He is a stupid $&@$! 7% murder.

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12 Gale Sayers Gale Sayers Gale Eugene Sayers, also known as "The Kansas Comet", is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League for seven seasons during the 1960s and early 1970s.
13 Marshawn Lynch Marshawn Lynch Marshawn Terrell Lynch is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League for the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks.

It is funny how everyone wants to compare him to other running backs too. Shows his talent there too.

He is the funnest running back to watch! Straight power, and entertainment!

Nobody can get his hands around him

Beast Mode! - steelers1979

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14 LeSean McCoy LeSean McCoy LeSean Kamel McCoy also known as "Shady" is an American football running back for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League.

It's Always Shady at the Linc


15 Jerome Bettis
16 Curtis Martin
17 Marcus Allen

Marcus Allen should be top 10. Super Bowl MVP and Broke all kinds of records despite being benched for 3 years.

Did everything well, definitely Top 10

18 Tony Dorsett Tony Dorsett
19 Franco Harris Franco Harris Franco Harris is a former American football player. He played his NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks. In the 1972 NFL Draft he was picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round, the 13th selection overall.
20 Terrell Davis Terrell Davis Terrell Lamar Davis is a former American football running back who played for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League from 1995 to 2001.

Led broncos to Super Bowl along with elway

I'm gonna guess your a Broncos fan he should not be at 4

NO WAY Terrell is the man he should be at 4

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