Greatest Running Backs

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“ "It doesn't matter where the play is blocked; he'll find his own soft spot...The scheme doesn't matter with Sanders. He can run from any alignment. While other people are stuck with joints, he seems to have ball bearings in his legs that give him a mechanical advantage...Sanders' finest runs often occur when he takes the handoff and, with a couple of moves, turns the line of scrimmage into a broken field...Nobody has ever created such turmoil at the point of attack as Sanders has...Knock on wood, he seems indestructible..." Paul Zimmerman

15,269 Rush YDs | 5.0 AVG | 99 Rush TDs
• 10x Pro Bowl selection; • 10x All-Pro selection; • 4x NFL Rushing champion (1990, 1994, 1996, 1997)

Awards
• NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1989)
• AP NFL MVP (1997)
• NEA NFL MVP (1997)
• PFWA NFL MVP (1997)
• 2× AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1994, 1997)

Honors
• Pro Football Hall of Fame (2004)
• NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
Detroit Lions #20 retired
• Rated #12 NFL Player of all-time by Sporting News (1999)
• Rated #17 NFL Player of all-time by NFL.com (2010)

NFL.com stats ” - Paul Hamell
 
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Jim Brown
Often mentioned as the greatest player in NFL history, this ruggedly handsome African American fullback for the Cleveland Browns first appeared on movie screens in the western Rio Conchos, followed by a strong supporting role as convict commando "Jefferson" in the terrific WW2 action film The Dirty Dozen...
“ 12,312 Rush YDs | 5.2 AVG | 106 Rush TDs
• 9x Pro Bowl selection; • 9x All-Pro selection; • 8x NFL Rushing champion (1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965)

Awards
• 3x AP NFL MVP (1957, 1958, 1965)
• UPI NFL MVP (1958, 1963, 1965)
• Pro Bowl MVP (1961, 1962, 1965)

Honors
• Pro Football Hall of Fame (1971)
• NFL 1960s All-Decade Team
• NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time
Cleveland Browns #32 retired
• Rated #1 NFL Player of all-time by Sporting News (1999)
• Rated #2 NFL Player of all-time by NFL.com (2010)

NFL.com stats ” - Paul Hamell
 
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Walter Payton
Walter Payton, nicknamed "Sweetness, " is 2nd on the NFL's All time rushing list. His playing career lasted from 1975 to 1987. In those years, he amassed 16,026 rushing yards. He made a few appearances on television (as a guest star), but he was known as a profoundly personal man.
“ 16,726 YDs | 4.4 AVG | 110 TDs
492 REC | 4,538 YDs | 15 TDs
• 9× Pro Bowl selection (1976, 77, 78, 79, 80, 83, 84, 85, 86); • 6× First-team All-Pro selection (1977, 78, 79, 80, 84, 85); • 3× Second-team All-Pro (1976, 83, 86); • Super Bowl champion (XX); NFC champion (1985)

Awards
• 1977 NFL MVP
• 1977 PFWA NFL MVP
• 1977 NEA NFL MVP
• 1985 UPI NFC Player of the Year
• 1977 UPI NFC Player of the Year
• 1978 Pro Bowl MVP

Honors
• Pro Football Hall of Fame (1993)
• NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
• NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
• NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
• All-Time NFL Team
Chicago Bears #34 retired
• Rated #8 NFL Player of all-time by Sporting News (1999)
• Rated #5 NFL Player of all-time by NFL.com (2010)

NFL.com stats ” - Paul Hamell
 
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“ 9,407 YDs | 4.3 AVG | 74 TDs

• 5× Pro Bowl selection (1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983); • 3× All-Pro selection (1978, 1979, 1980); • 3× NFL Rushing champion (1978, 79, 80)

Awards
• AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1978)
• AP NFL MVP (1979)
• 2× PFWA NFL MVP (1978, 79)
• 3× NEA NFL MVP (1978, 79, 80)
• 3× NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1978, 79, 80)
• 1978 UPI AFL-AFC Player of the Year
• 1979 Bert Bell Award

Honors
• Pro Football Hall of Fame (1991)
• NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
• Tennessee Titans #34 retired
• Rated #33 NFL Player of all-time by Sporting News (1999)
• Rated #55 NFL Player of all-time by NFL.com (2010)

NFL.com stats ” - Paul Hamell
 
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“ 18,355 Rush YDs | 4.2 AVG | 164 Rush TDs
515 Rec | 3,224 Rec YDs | 11 Rec TDs

• 8× Pro Bowl (1990, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 98, 99); • 6× All-Pro (1991, 92, 93, 94, 95); • 4× NFL rushing leader (1991, 92, 93, 95); • 3× Super Bowl champion (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX)

Awards
• AP NFL MVP (1993)
• NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1990)
• Super Bowl MVP (XXVIII)
• NEA NFL MVP (1991, 1992)
• PFWA NFL MVP (1993)
• Bert Bell Award (1993)

Records
• Career rushing yards (18,355)
• Career rushing touchdowns (164)
• Career 100-yard rushing games (78)

Honors
• Pro Football Hall of Fame (2010)
• NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
• Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor
• Rated #68 NFL Player of all-time by Sporting News (1999)
• Rated #28 NFL Player of all-time by NFL.com (2010)

NFL.com stats ” - Paul Hamell
 
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“ Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee ” - Paul Hamell
 
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“ Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee ” - Paul Hamell
 
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LaDainian Tomlinson
From day one, LaDainian Tomlinson showed that he had the talent to be a successful running back in the National Football League. Not only is he the San Diego Chargers' most valuable player, he is also considered by many to be the NFL's most valuable player, and is well on his way to a Hall of Fame career...
 
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“ Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee ” - Paul Hamell
 
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“ Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee ” - Paul Hamell
 
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“ Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee ” - Paul Hamell
 
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“ Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee ” - Paul Hamell
 
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“ Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee ” - Paul Hamell
 
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“ Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee ” - Paul Hamell
 
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John Riggins
As one of football's most colorful personalities, John Riggins is best known for his days as a running back for the Washington Redskins. His bruising, punishing style of play wore down opponents and brought new meaning to the concept of the power running game. He is equally remembered as a renegade for sporting a Mohawk early in his career and for telling U.S...
“ Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee ” - Paul Hamell
 
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“ Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee ” - Paul Hamell
 
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“ Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee ” - Paul Hamell
 
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“ Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee ” - Paul Hamell
 
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“ Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee ” - Paul Hamell
 
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“ Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee ” - Paul Hamell
 
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Ricky Watters
He graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and the University of Notre Dame. In addition to playing running back in high school, he also played quarterback and defensive back.
 
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“ Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee ” - Paul Hamell
 
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Jamaal Charles
Charles was a two-time first-team Class 5A All-State selection and 2005 Parade All-American at Memorial High School in Port Arthur, Texas. Rushed for 4,107 yards and 50 touchdowns his final two high school seasons, breaking the Port Arthur City rushing record. Received the Willie Ray Smith Award twice in high school...
 
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Frank Gore
Attended Coral Gables (Fla.) High School, where he was one of the nation's most heavily-recruited running backs after setting a Dade County record for rushing yards in a season with 2,953 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior in 2000. Rushed for 1,559 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior in 1999 in addition to posting 301 receiving yards and four more scores through the air...
 
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Bo Jackson
Bo Jackson was born on Nov. 30, 1962, in Bessemer, Alabama He was a 6' 1", 222 pounds tailback. He graduated from McAdory High School in McCalla, Ala., and attended Auburn from 1982-85. He went on to play football for the Los Angeles Raiders and baseball for the Kansas City Royals, the Chicago White Sox...