Best Football Running Backs of All Time

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21 Herschel Walker Herschel Walker Herschel Walker is a former professional American football player, bobsledder, sprinter and mixed martial artist.

Despite 3 of his most productive years not counting for NFL records, Herschel is still top 10 in all-purpose yards. That's also despite the fact he never played on a good team. He is the only guy to ever have 13 players traded for him. If you were to count the USFL years, Herschel has the most rushing yards of any back in professional football history. 25 is WAY under-rated.

big man
big skill
big heart
usfl team went to title all years when he played with them
best back id say

Herschel is the greatest man to ever step on a football feild, he has god given talent...... he just lost his chance, he got shafted....

This dude was top 5 material along w the beater ap. Barry #1 isn't right, not enough behind him although the most elusive.

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22 John Riggins

The best power back of all time. The best halfback in Redskin's History. The 2nd best halfback in nfl history, next to walter payton.

this guy is just unstoppable, and props to John for being one of the only white runninbacks to makes this list - bore5

he got it when it was needed - a north south runner - that never let his team down.

He was more than a power back. Much faster than one might think.

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23 Knowshon Moreno

How the hell did moreno get this high up is this a joke

Underrated the guy could run very well if he was healthy. - htoutlaws2012

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25 Frank Gore Frank Gore Franklin Delano Gore is an American football running back for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League.

lead the team in receptions last year and may very well lead the team this year and rushed for 1000 2 of his first 3 years in the league only played in 7 games his rookie year and led the team in rushing beat that

For his run with the 49ers absolutely, but now his with the colts and his really not doing much time to retire. - htoutlaws2012

He can do it all, run, block, pass. No back in the league can compare to Frank the Tank. The inconvenient truth.

Frank gore is very powerful and good with his cutbacks

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26 Peyton Hillis Peyton Hillis Peyton Derek Hillis is a former American football fullback and running back who played in the National Football League.

Just because he had 1 good season and was on the madden cover doesn't mean his good. - htoutlaws2012

How the heck did he get here that is stupid

Peyton hills couldn't make it up a hill

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27 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.

He is the best he can break many tackles he jumped over three guys for a touchdown how is that possible this guy is amazing he should be on the Seahawks he is the best why isn't he number 1? He can run to the end zone easily any man before him is a lie he can catch a pass and juke people if the juke doesn't work he will break that stupid tackle. I've seen him in a live game he made it to the super bowl 2 times. People have avoided to tackle him, he even hurt someone getting tackle that is a lol. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS ALWAYS WIN CAUSE OF HIM!

I've seen defenders avoid tackling Marshawn Lynch. Coaches tell their players to swarm him, jump on the pile, because it takes more then one or two or even three guys to bring him down. Oh yeah he can catch a pass and make cuts too!

Come on he should be in the hall of fame if he didn't get injured in is last year come on vote for beast mode

He can walk into the end zone he's so beast

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28 Stephen Jackson

That's a basketball player idiot - htoutlaws2012

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29 Ray Rice Ray Rice

This right here is an example of how stupid people are. Ray rice lesean mccoy Michael turner maurice jones drew etc are much better than peyton hills and darren sproles.

No comment he is the worst running back ever! Amen done

Going to to beat my wife in a elevator oh too soon! - htoutlaws2012

He was not the worst back ever! In answer to the comment on beating wife in elevator, probably has beat wife, if he has one, before. the discipline was way to extreme, he should be allowed to play football in the nfl. this was not discipline, this was mental cruelty to a human being. this was his lively hood.

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30 Darren Sproles Darren Sproles Darren Lee Sproles is an American football running back for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League.

He got swag
he is smart
he is fast
he is big
he is black
he has drew brees as QB
he is hella fast
has 700+ reception yards with 9 Tds
averages 6.9 yards per carry
so he is the best rb of all time.
he is in top 100

He is fast and a great receiver which he was a little bigger he is only 5'7

Darren sproles is one of the running backs on earth

Single season total yards record PERIOD

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31 Larry Csonka

Adrian Peterson ahead of Csonka as well as OJ, marcus A. Franco, Riggins, Foreman, dorsett, Sayers, Campbell, Dickerson. and Reggie Bush hadn't proved a thing and Bo didn't even play long enough. Darren Mcffaden being one # behind csonka is a disgrace to Zonk. Not saying these guys aren't great, just not proven! - rtdavis

Larry Csonka is way higher then number 32 on the alltime best running backs. You should all go home lay down and think about where you put him. Boo hoo

Could be a stats sheet for everyone... You know like who has the best pickup, chevrolet... Ford... Dodge... Then again lets just twist it to make it sound like we want. Bottom line He got the only undefeated season with a Super bowl ring to show.

This man was beast mode before Marshawn Lynch. He needs to be higher.

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32 Billy Sims

If you wear #20 in Detroit, then you must be special, and Billy Sims was! We used to call Barry Sanders, Billy Jr, as he wore #20 with pride as well. Sims could gallop down the sidelines for 80 yards while leaving everyone in his dust hence "another one bites the dust. " If he didn't get injured the current running backs would still be trying to break HIS records!

Career cut short but should be in the top 20 all time. A dynamic runner with power and speed.

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33 Steven Jackson

Totally agree, he has gotta be way up in the top ten, not to mention that he has 60 tds and he's still going at only 28 years old. This guy is a beast and he's always breaking through tackles and he never gives up. He's my favorite running back in the whole league.

In my opinion he is the best running back in the game, and at the end of his career he could be in the top 10. He rushed for 1000 yards his last 6 seasons. HE is lightning quick, and is as strong as any fullback in the leage. His legs just keep pumping no matter what. He is extremely reliable, he has played through injuries, and he doesn't give up. If I were to have any runningback on my team it would be this guy.

He is the best he played for more than 9 years and he still got the power!

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34 Ahmad Bradshaw

Had his up's but now his at his decline stage in which he really sucks bump him down the list. - htoutlaws2012

Ahmad Bradshaw is better then whoever is at the top of this daggone list go Giants.

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35 Jim Thorpe Jim Thorpe

He was dominant as any player ever could be. With only a leather helmet or none at all. If we are including players from older football, than Jim Thorpe is the best. Study about him and you will see what I mean.

Are you kidding me? Jim Thorpe easily makes the top fifteen for me. If you don't know who this is start studying.

A true legend that every time I look at that big statue at the pro football hall of fame of him just reminds of the importance he had back in the day. - htoutlaws2012

WHY IS HE BEHIND RAY RICE? When was Ray Rice named "greatest athlete in the world" by the King of Sweden?

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36 Fred Taylor

He's the fastest recorded running back ever and he is number 28 he's got 12000 yards rushing for crying out loud

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37 Christian Okoye

Best short yardage running back ever! Guaranteed 2-3 yards with every touch. Unstoppable!

big dude dig heart runs people ever. Best ever period.

He is this low because of Steve Atwater, who did tried to tackle him head on and laid him out. He retired soon after as a result of that blow.

38 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.

Lesean mccoy is amazing I don't get why he is down here at 37 he is like barry sanders he has the moves the speed he is a full pack!

Just win his first rushing title tonight. If Chip stays in Philly, it will be the first of many!

With his 3 years with eagles sure but his last season with the Eagles and going to Bills probably not. - htoutlaws2012

Two that describe him is ankle breaker

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39 Shaun Alexander Shaun Alexander Shaun Edward Alexander is a former American football running back who played for the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins of the National Football League.

Shaun should me much higher than listed here. A product of playing in seattle if he was on a team with a marquee market, ny, dallas, etc he would be viewed in the public opinion as a much more prolific back he was a bruiser.. plus his numbers don't lie. - Hootsmack

He holds the world record for 28 touchdowns, +2,000 rushing yards, and played for the Seahawks in the Superbowl XL. Also Alexander has made into the Pro Bowl 4 times in 6 years

If you look at total stats he has more rushing TD's in his career than your top ten guys

The fact that he played at the university of Alabama makes me love him. Roll tide!

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40 Bronko Nagurski Bronko Nagurski Bronislau "Bronko" Nagurski was a Canadian-born American football player, renowned for his strength and size.

One of the first, greatest running back in football history. Paving the way for newer legends. Easily one of the best backs ever to play the sport.

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