Top 5 Greatest NFL Running Backs (All-Time)


Who misses NFL football being on TV every Sunday as much as we do? Only a few more months to go until football is back, but until then, let’s talk about some of the NFL’s greatest all-time running backs!

1) Jim Brown

Jim Brown
  • Played in Pro Bowl in all nine of his seasons
  • 1964 NFL Champion
  • Three-time MVP (‘57, ‘58, ‘65)
  • Named by Sporting News - greatest professional football player ever
  • Eight-time NFL leader in rushing yards

2) Barry Sanders

Barry Sanders
  • 10x Pro Bowler
  • Third leading rusher in NFL history
  • Averaged over 1,500 rushing yards per season
  • NFL MVP (1997)
  • Four-time NFL Rushing champion

3) Walter Payton

Walter Payton
  • 9x Pro Bowler
  • NFL MVP (1977)
  • Super Bowl Champion (1985)
  • Has former NFL records in the following categories: Rush Yards, Rush TDs, Rush Attempts, Yards from Scrimmage, and All-Purpose Yards
  • #2 All-Time Rush Yards leader - NFL

4) Earl Campbell

Earl Campbell
  • 5x Pro Bowler
  • One of only 3 players to win the Heisman, become the #1 pick in the NFL Draft, and be inducted into both the NCAA and NFL Hall of Fame
  • NFL MVP (1979)
  • Three-time AP NFL First Team
  • Three-time NFL Rushing leader (in three consecutive seasons)

5) Emmitt Smith

Emmitt Smith
  • NFL All-Time Rushing Yards leader
  • Only RB to ever win a Super Bowl, the NFL MVP award, the NFL rushing crown, and the Super Bowl MVP award all in the same season (1993)
  • One of only two non-kickers in NFL history to score more than 1,000 career points (Jerry Rice)
  • 8x Pro Bowler
  • Three-time Super Bowl Champion

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