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Top Ten Running Backs

Adrian ​Peterson​
Adrian ​Peterson​

Adrian Lewis Peterson (born March 21, 1985) is an American football running back who is a free agent. He played college football at Oklahoma and was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings seventh overall in the 2007 NFL Draft.

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LeSean ​McCoy​
LeSean ​McCoy​

LeSean Kamel McCoy (born July 12, 1988), also known as "Shady", is an American football running back for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

Barry Sanders​
Barry Sanders​

Sanders' son, Barry J. Sanders, played running back for Stanford University from 2012 to 2015 after a highly successful high school career: as a freshman in 2008, Barry ran for 742 yards and twelve touchdowns while helping Heritage Hall School to the 2008 Oklahoma 2A state title, and he was the only sophomore on the 2009 Tulsa World all-state team.

Marshawn ​Lynch​
Marshawn ​Lynch​

Marshawn Lynch bulldozes Broncos at goal line for TD Published: Nov. 26, 2017 at 05:52 p.m. Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch punches in a one-yard touchdown.

source: nfl.com
DeMarco ​Murray​
DeMarco ​Murray​

DeMarco Murray ducks under Colts' defenders for 1-yard TD Published: Nov. 26, 2017 at 03:47 p.m. Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray runs in a 1-yard touchdown.

source: nfl.com
Walter Payton​
Walter Payton​

Walter's son, Jarrett Payton, was a running back for the Tennessee Titans, NFL Europe's Amsterdam Admirals, CFL's Montreal Alouettes, and IFL's Chicago Slaughter. During his tenure at the University of Miami, Jarrett wore a #34 jersey to honor his father's memory.

Jamaal ​Charles​
Jamaal ​Charles​

Jamaal RaShaad Jones Charles (born December 27, 1986) is an American football running back who is a free agent. He played college football for the University of Texas, and was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Jim Brown​
Jim Brown​

James Nathaniel Brown (born February 17, 1936) is a former professional American football player and actor. He was a [[Running Back] (gridiron football)|Running Back]] for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL) from 1957 through 1965.

Emmitt Smith​
Emmitt Smith​

Emmitt James Smith III (born May 15, 1969) is a former college and professional American football running back who became the National Football League's (NFL) all-time leading rusher during his fifteen seasons in the league during the 1990s and 2000s.

Earl Campbell​
Earl Campbell​

Earl Christian Campbell (born March 29, 1955) is a former American football running back who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints.Known for his aggressive, punishing running style and ability to break tackles, Campbell gained recognition as one of the best power running backs in NFL history.

Mark Ingram ​Jr
Mark Ingram ​Jr

Mark Valentino Ingram Jr. (born December 21, 1989) is an American football running back for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Alabama, won the Heisman Trophy, and was a member of a national championship team.

O. J. Simpson​
O. J. Simpson​

O.J. Simpson: Made in America. The ghosting of O.J. Simpson; O.J.’s 1973 season is best of any running back — ever; The juice has soured; Maybe Chris Darden was just doing his job; Black America was cheering for Cochran, not O.J. Falling down the O.J. rabbit hole; Gallery: The chase of the white Bronco; I wasn’t alive when Simpson was still playing, so I had to find some old footage.

LaDainian ​Tomlinson​
LaDainian ​Tomlinson​

Despite the fact that Tomlinson still believed that he was a number one caliber running back, he would be forced to split time with another running back and after various contract negotiations, Tomlinson signed a two-year, $5.2 million contract with the New York Jets on March 14, 2010.

Eric ​Dickerson​
Eric ​Dickerson​

Eric Demetri Dickerson (born September 2, 1960) is a former college and professional American football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons during the 1980s and 1990s.

Marshall ​Faulk​
Marshall ​Faulk​

[citation needed] Faulk is a cousin of Kevin Faulk, a former NFL running back. In 2009 Faulk was inducted into the San Diego Hall of Champions. [citation needed] Faulk has six children with four different women, including a son, Marshall Faulk, Jr., with Derek Fisher's ex-wife, Candace, and three children with his former girlfriend Helen Dunne.

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Lamar Miller​
Lamar Miller​

Lamar Miller slices into the end zone for a Houston TD Published: Oct. 29, 2017 at 04:39 p.m. Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller slices into the endzone for a Texans touchdown.

source: nfl.com
Matt Forte​
Matt Forte​

Matthew Garrett Forte is a former American football running back who played ten seasons in the National Football League. He played college football at Tulane and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Forte established himself as a dual-threat running back who is capable of earning yards as a rusher and receiver. He spent eight years with the Bears before playing for the New York Jets for two seasons.

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Frank Gore​
Frank Gore​

Frank Gore. Franklin Delano Gore (born May 14, 1983) is an American football running back for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Miami, and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft, playing with them from 2005 to 2014.

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Gale Sayers​
Gale Sayers​

Sayers was one of the best all around football players of all time where he was not only an elite running back, but also a solid pass catching receiver, and arguably the best kick returner ever (Devin Hester may disagree).

source: complex.com
Eddie Lacy​
Eddie Lacy​

Eddie Darwin Lacy Jr. (born June 2, 1990) is an American football running back who is a free agent. He played college football at Alabama, where he was a member of three BCS National Championship teams in the 2009, 2011, and 2012 seasons.

Marcus Allen​
Marcus Allen​

Marcus LeMarr Allen (born March 26, 1960) is a former American football running back and football analyst for CBS. As a professional, Allen ran for 12,243 yards and caught 587 passes for 5,412 yards during his career for both the Los Angeles Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs from 1982 to 1997.

LeGarrette ​Blount​
LeGarrette ​Blount​

Blount finished the season with 1,161 rushing yards, the eighth highest total in the league, and the most for a Patriots running back since Stevan Ridley's 1,263 rushing yards in 2012. His 18 touchdowns were a league high, making him the first Patriot in franchise history to lead the league in rushing touchdowns.

Dion Lewis​
Dion Lewis​

Is anyone more difficult to tackle than Patriots RB Dion Lewis? Actually ... yes! Matt Harmon turns to Next Gen Stats to rank the 10 most elusive running backs in the NFL.

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Thurman ​Thomas​
Thurman ​Thomas​

Thurman Lee Thomas (born May 16, 1966) is a former American football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins. Thomas was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 and into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.

Tony Dorsett​
Tony Dorsett​

Anthony Drew Dorsett (born April 7, 1954) is a former American football running back who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos. From Western Pennsylvania, Dorsett attended the nearby University of Pittsburgh, where he led the Panthers to the national title as a senior in 1976 and won the Heisman Trophy.

Bo Jackson​
Bo Jackson​

This is the third part in a 10-part series which breaks down in detail the top 10 running backs in NFL history. The eighth-best NFL RB of all time is Bo Jackson of the Los Angeles Raiders. Jackson was originally drafted first overall out of Auburn by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, he did not sign with them.

Jonathan ​Stewart​
Jonathan ​Stewart​

Jonathan Creon Stewart is an American football running back for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He played college football at the University of Oregon and was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

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Jeremy Hill​
Jeremy Hill​

Patriots' Jeremy Hill: Lands in New England 03/16/2018 • By RotoWire Staff The Patriots signed Hill (ankle) to a contract Friday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

source: cbssports.com
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Darren ​McFadden​
Darren ​McFadden​

Darren McFadden is a former American football running back. He played college football for the University of Arkansas, and was picked fourth overall by the Oakland Raiders in the 2008 NFL Draft. He also played for the Dallas Cowboys.

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Jerome Bettis​
Jerome Bettis​

Who doesn't love a 300-pound running back nicknamed "The Bus"? Easily one of the most fitting monikers in sports history. Jerome Bettis spent 12 years in the league running over defenses and wore yellow as part of his uniform for both the Rams and the Steelers.

source: complex.com
Doug Martin​
Doug Martin​

Douglas Martin (born January 13, 1989) is an American football running back for the Oakland Raiders. He played college football at Boise State and was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Giovani ​Bernard​
Giovani ​Bernard​

Bernard had 10 carries for 52 yards along with six receptions for 18 yards in the Bengals' 31-27 win over the Ravens in Week 17. With Joe Mixon back in action, Bernard had to relinquish a considerable number of snaps early in the contest, but he took over on passing downs, especially late in the game.

source: cbssports.com
Isaiah Crowell​
Isaiah Crowell​

The team’s best offensive player was running back Isaiah Crowell, who shouldered a very large percentage of the team’s rushing workload – at least among running backs. Quarterback DeShone Kizer finished second on the team in rushing yards, while backup running back Duke Johnson was the team’s leader in targets, receptions, and receiving yards — and it wasn’t particularly close.

C. J. ​Anderson​
C. J. ​Anderson​

Cortrelle Javon Anderson (born February 10, 1991) is an American football running back for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at California and was signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

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Alfred Morris​
Alfred Morris​

Alfred Bruce Morris (born December 12, 1988) is an American football running back who is a free agent. He played college football at Florida Atlantic and was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Curtis Martin​
Curtis Martin​

Curtis James Martin Jr. (born May 1, 1973) is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for the New England Patriots and New York Jets. Martin began his professional career with the Patriots, who selected him in the third round of the 1995 NFL Draft.

Mike Gillislee​
Mike Gillislee​

Mike Gillislee sits among seven running backs on New England’s depth chart, and with a second opportunity.

Bilal Powell​
Bilal Powell​

Jets' Bilal Powell: May lose starting job 03/14/2018 • By RotoWire Staff Powell could lose out on a starting role in 2018 after the Jets signed Isaiah Crowell to a three-year contract Wednesday, Calvin Watkins of Newsday reports.

source: cbssports.com
Darren ​Sproles​
Darren ​Sproles​

The Eagles once again failed to pull the trigger on a highly touted running back, but the cap space they saved by trading back afford them another year of Darren Sproles.

source: philly.com
Terrell Davis​
Terrell Davis​

Terrell Lamar Davis (born October 28, 1972) is a former American football running back who played for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL) from 1995 to 2001. Davis was drafted by the Broncos in the sixth round (196th pick overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft.

Spencer Ware​
Spencer Ware​

Reid indicated Ware participating in any football activities before training camp would be a surprise. Since last season ended, the Chiefs have added two veteran backs in Damien Williams and Kerwynn Williams, hinting at concern over Ware's recovery.

source: rotoworld.com
Theo Riddick​
Theo Riddick​

Theo Riddick evades defenders rushes for 18-yard TD Published: Dec. 10, 2017 at 03:23 p.m. Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick evades defenders rushes for 18-yard touchdown.

source: nfl.com
Arian Foster​
Arian Foster​

Arian Isa Foster (born October 2, 1986) is a former American football running back. He played college football at the University of Tennessee, and was signed by the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL) as an undrafted free agent in 2009.

John Riggins​
John Riggins​

Robert John Riggins (born August 4, 1949), nicknamed "The Diesel" and "Riggo", is a former American football running back who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the New York Jets and Washington Redskins.

Chris Ivory​
Chris Ivory​

Christopher Lee Ivory (born March 22, 1988) is an American football running back for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and has also played on the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Edgerrin ​James​
Edgerrin ​James​

Edgerrin Tyree James (/ ˈ ɛ dʒ ər ɪ n /; born August 1, 1978) is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He played college football for the University of Miami. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts fourth overall in the 1999 NFL Draft.

Larry Csonka​
Larry Csonka​

Csonka was the No. 1 pick by the American Football League's Miami Dolphins in the 1968 Common Draft, the eighth player and first running back drafted in the first round. He signed a three-year contract with $34,000 (equivalent to $239,269 in 2017), and a car, as a signing bonus, and paying $20,000 (equivalent to $140,746 in 2017), then $25,000 (equivalent to $175,933 in 2017), then $30,000 (equivalent to $211,120 in 2017) each year.

Chris ​Johnson​
Chris ​Johnson​

Christopher Duan Johnson (born September 23, 1985) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. Born in Orlando, Florida, Johnson emerged as a senior for East Carolina University where he broke out for 2,960 all-purpose yards and 24 touchdowns.

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Rex Burkhead​
Rex Burkhead​

Rex Burkhead (born July 2, 1990) is an American football running back for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Nebraska and was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft

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Ricky ​Williams​
Ricky ​Williams​

Errick Lynne Williams Jr. (born May 21, 1977) is a former American football running back who played 12 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) and one season in the Canadian Football League (CFL).

Steven ​Jackson​
Steven ​Jackson​

Steven Rashad Jackson (born July 22, 1983) is a former American football running back. He played college football for Oregon State and was drafted by the St. Louis Rams 24th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. He also played for the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots.