There are many great running backs in the NFL, but here are the top 10 players of all time.
1. Emmitt Smith – He is the NFL’s all-time leading rusher with 18,355 yards and holds the record for most rushing touchdowns in a career with 164.
2. Walter Payton – Also known as “Sweetness,” Payton was a Hall of Fame running back who played for the Chicago Bears. He was the first player to break the 10,000-yard barrier and finished his career with 16,726 yards.
3. Barry Sanders – Sanders is another Hall of Fame running back who played for the Detroit Lions. He is third on the all-time rushing list with 15,269 yards and was the NFL’s MVP in 1997.
4. Jim Brown – Brown is considered one of the greatest running backs in NFL history. He played for the Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965 and rushed for 12,312 yards and 106 touchdowns.
5. LaDainian Tomlinson – Tomlinson is the fifth-leading rusher in NFL history with 13,684 yards. He also holds the record for most rushing touchdowns in a season with 31 in 2006.
6. Jerome Bettis – Bettis was a powerful running back who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers for 13 seasons. He finished his career with 13,662 yards and 91 touchdowns.
7. Curtis Martin – Martin was a three-time Pro Bowler who played for the New England Patriots and New York Jets. He is the fourth-leading rusher in NFL history with 14,101 yards.
8. Eric Dickerson – Dickerson is the NFL’s second all-time leading rusher with 18,259 yards. He played for the Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts, and Los Angeles Raiders.
9. Marshall Faulk – Faulk was one of the most versatile running backs in NFL history. He played for the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams and was a seven-time Pro Bowler. He finished his career with 12,279 yards and ranks second in touchdowns scored with 136.
10. Tony Dorsett – Dorsett was one of the most electrifying running backs in NFL history. He played for the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos and finished his career with 12,739 yards. He was also the MVP of Super Bowl XII.
These are some of the best running backs to ever play in the NFL. They have all made a significant impact on the game and will be remembered for years to come.