Top 10 NFL Running Backs of All-Time

Hey everybody, thanks for checking out our top 10 running backs of all-time list. We got our final list by polling 4 of our sports correspondents and then adding up the lists. The lower the total points the better. Of the 4 voters, 2 had Walter Payton come in at first place while 2 had Jim Brown. However, at the end of the day, it was Walter Payton pulling out that top spot with Jim Brown and Barry Sanders following right behind him. Let’s take a look at the list.


1Walter Payton23117
2aJim Brown11439
2bBarry Sanders32229
4Adrian Peterson563415
5LaDainian Tomlinson645621
6Marshall Faulk459927
7Emmitt Smith797528
8Eric Dickerson876728
9OJ Simpson9810835
10aEarl Campbell841
10bTerrell Davis101041
Gale Sayers1043
Jerome Bettis1043

Top 10

Honorable Mentions: Gale Sayers and Jerome Bettis

10b.) Terrell Davis – 8,887 YScm, 65 Tds, 4.9 Y/Tch

  • HOF, MVP, 3x AP, 3x PB

10a.) Earl Campbell – 10,213 YScm, 74 Tds, 4.4 Y/Tch

  • HOF, MVP, 3x AP, 5x PB

9.) OJ Simpson – 13,378 YScm, 75 Tds, 5.1 Y/Tch

  • HOF, MVP, 5x AP, 6x PB

8.) Eric Dickerson – 15,396 YScm, 96 Tds, 4.7 Y/Tch

  • HOF, 5x AP, 6x PB

7.) Emmitt Smith – 21,579 YScm, 175 Tds, 4.4 Y/Tch

  • HOF, SB MVP, MVP, 4x AP, 8x PB

6.) Marshall Faulk – 19,154 YScm, 136 Tds, 5.3 Y/Tch

  • HOF, MVP, 3x AP, 7x PB

5.) LaDainian Tomlinson – 18,456 yds, 162 Tds, 4.9 Y/Tch

  • HOF, MVP, 3x AP, 5x PB

4.) Adrian Peterson – 17,392 YScm, 126 Tds, 4.9 Y/Tch

  • MVP, 4x PB, 7x PB

2b.) Barry Sanders – 18,190 YScm, 109 Tds, 5.3 Y/Tch

  • HOF, MVP, 6x AP, 10x PB

2a.) Jim Brown – 14,811 YScm, 126 TDs, 5.7 Y/Tch

  • HOF, 3x MVP, 8x AP, 9x PB

1.) Walter Payton – 21,264 YScm, 125 Yds, 4.9 Y/Tch

  • HOF, MVP, 5x AP, 9x PB

That’s it. That’s our list of the top 10 running backs of all time. What did you think of the list? Who is the greatest running back to ever play the game? Leave your comments below!


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