Top 10 NFL Running Backs of All-Time


Published: July 14, 2009

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... played in the bygone era of the '50s and '60s, but Big Jim is still an icon in NFL circles.  He could run over or around a defender with ease.  He is a little outspoken off the field these days (see recent Tiger Woods comments), but there is no doubt if Brown played longer than nine years, retired at age 29, that he still would have every rushing record in the books.

This nine-time Pro Bowler and eight-time first-team All-Pro selection finished with 12,312 rushing yards, 106 rushing TDs, an amazing 5.2 YPC average, and a still-NFL record 104.3 yards per game average.  He also led the Browns to a championships in 1964.

2. Walter Payton – Chicago Bears (HOF) – Payton was a tough back who ran harder than his size (5’10, 200).  He emerged from small HBCU school Jackson State in 1975, and would always finish runs strong and deliver a blow if needed.  He was also a great passer on halfback passes, blocker, kick...

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