Top 50 Running Backs of All Time

Top 50 Running Backs of All-Time

There once was a time where the economy was strong and running backs mattered. LaDainian Tomlinson was running wild, and committees were just something neighborhoods started. Throughout the years we have seen some truly great running backs, and some have retired too soon, looking at you Barry Sanders. Running backs come in different styles, as we see the dual-purpose backs, power backs, and true all-around talents. The top five names could all be interchangeable on the rankings, but as we get deeper things start to become more solidified. Accolades, overall stats, Super Bowl rings, mixed with a bit of era bias is going to be how we came about these rankings. As we move towards a lower longevity of running back careers, committees, and a pass happy era, we might see these all-time greats atop of the leaderboards longer than some of their teammates within their respective positions. 50 was very tough to narrow down for this position, and there are many who deserver honorable mentions, but here we go.


1. Jim Brown

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
118 2,359 12,312 106 262 2,499 20

Hall of Famer, Jim Brown, rushed for over 1,000 yards seven of his nine seasons. He played from age 21-29, and like Sanders a few more seasons and we are looking at even more elite numbers. Brown has over 12,000 rushing yards, and 106 touchdowns. Both are inside the top 15 all-time. Brown is an NFL Champion, and was an All-Pro eight times, and a three-time MVP. He was the elite back of his era. Brown had a ridiculous 5.2 yards per attempt in his career, rushing for over 100 yards per game.

2. Barry Sanders

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
153 2,063 15,269 99 352 2,921 10

You tack on another couple of years to Barry Sanders’ career and he is running away with everything. Sanders is third all-time in rushing yards, and 10th all-time in rushing touchdowns. Alright maybe he wouldn’t have caught Emmitt Smith in touchdowns, but Sanders made the game look easy. He made the Pro Bowl in every season, took home an MVP, and won Offensive Player of the Year twice. Sanders is of course in the Hall of Fame.

3. Emmitt Smith

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
226 4,409 18,355 164 515 3,224 11

Emmitt Smith sits number one all-time in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. Smith was certainly one of the best backs of all-time, and is likely number one on most rankings. He was a three-time Super Bowl Champion, and also has an MVP to his name. Smith’s best season was in 1995 when he rushed for 1,773 yards and 25 touchdowns. Three times in his career he rushed for over a 100 yards per game. He also had a career 4.2 yards per attempt.

4. Walter Payton

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
190 3,838 16,726 110 492 4,538 15

Walter Payton is fourth all-time in rushing touchdowns, and second all-time in rushing yards. Payton is a Hall of Famer, and went to nine Pro Bowls. Payton’s success came with the Bears, where he stayed his entire career. You want to talk about volume, Payton had several seasons over 300 rushing attempts. He won a Super Bowl, and was the Offensive Player of the year in 1977 and an MVP as well.

5. LaDainian Tomlinson

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
170 3,174 13,684 145 624 4,772 17

In the era of fantasy football, LaDainian Tomlinson was a top pick each season. He scored double-digit touchdowns in nine straight seasons, and Tomlinson also was a very good receiving back. He had 624 receptions in his career, and the year we all remember was 2006. Tomlinson had 31 total touchdowns that season, and over 2,000 all-purpose yards. LT is a Hall of Famer, and somehow went to just five Pro Bowls. That monster season landed Tomlinson an MVP.

6. Marshall Faulk

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
176 2,836 12,279 100 767 6,875 36

One of the most dynamic all-purpose backs of all-time was Marshall Faulk. He had over 750 receptions and 6,500 receiving yards in the passing game, all to go with over 12,000 rushing yards and 100 touchdowns. Faulk ranks 8th all-time in rushing touchdowns, and is 12th all-time in rushing yards. He was a part of the Greatest Show On Turf, and went onto win a Super Bowl, as well as several Player of the Year awards.

7. Eric Dickerson

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
146 2,996 13,259 90 281 2,137 6

Erick Dickerson was a brute force, and in his rookie season he rushed for 1,808 yards and 18 touchdowns. This won him the Rookie of the Year. We knew from there on out things were going to be special. Dickerson followed that season with a 2,105 yards, and has over 13,000 rushing yards in his career. He also ranks 13th in all-time touchdowns. Dickerson is a Hall of Famer and was named All-Pro five times.

8. Earl Campbell

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
115 2,187 9,407 74 121 806 0

We didn’t get a lengthy career from Earl Campbell, but he was a fantastic back. His first three seasons he rushed for over 3,000 yards, and 40 touchdowns. As he got older, injuries started to derail Campbell’s career. Overall he finished with 9,400 yards and 74 touchdowns. He ended up a Hall of Famer, and was named Player of the Year three times. Campbell also won an MVP award.

9. Adrian Peterson

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
149 2,825 13,318 106 272 2,223 6

Adrian PetersonAdrian Peterson is a future Hall of Famer, and defied the odds of coming back from a major injury, and also rushing for over 1,000 yards at age 33. Peterson had over 2,000 rushing yards in 2012, and had a career high 18 rushing touchdowns in 2009. He was going to be special coming out of college, and he is 9th all-time in rushing yards, and 5th all-time in rushing touchdowns. Peterson also missed a full season in 2014 tearing an ACL, and then at age 30 rushed for 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns.

10. Curtis Martin

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
168 3,518 14,101 90 484 3,329 10

In all but his final season, Curtis Martin rushed for over 1,000 yards. He tallied up over 14,000 rushing yards, and is currently 5th all-time in all-time rushing yards. Martin is also tied with Eric Dickerson in rushing touchdowns, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012. He was the Rookie of the Year in New England, where he rushed for 14 rushing touchdowns in back-to-back seasons to start his career.

11. Tony Dorsett

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
173 2,936 12,739 77 398 3,554 13

Just another Dallas running back within the rankings, and another Hall of Famer as well. Tony Dorsett is a Super Bowl champion, and went to four Pro Bowls. Rushing for over 12,000 yards in his career has put Dorsett 10th all-time in rushing yards. He is also 22nd in rushing touchdowns. Maybe not something we know Dorsett for, but over 3,500 receiving yards in his career also adds to why he is one of the better backs we have seen.

12. O.J. Simpson

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
135 2,404 11,236 61 203 2,142 14

O.J. Simpson is one of the best running backs of all-time, and one of the more notable names in pop culture still to this day, for reasons that we don’t need to get into. Simpson is a Hall of Famer, and was a five-time All-Pro. He went on and rushed for over 1,500 yards in a season three times, including in 1973 when he had 2,003 rushing yards in a season. Simpson posted some monster seasons in Buffalo, and a couple more he would be up on the leaderboards.

13. Thurman Thomas

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
182 2,877 12,074 65 472 4,458 23

Thurman Thomas rushed for over 12,000 yards in his career, which was good for 16th all-time in NFL history. Thomas also accumulated 65 rushing touchdowns and 23 receiving touchdowns. Thomas’ work in the passing game has to be mentioned with over 4,000 receiving yards. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame back in 2007. Thomas never had one of the monster seasons to highlight, but eight straight 1,000 rushing yard seasons is a huge accomplishment.

14. Marcus Allen

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
222 3,022 12,243 123 587 5,411 21

Third all-time in rushing touchdowns is Marcus Allen, who is a Hall of Fame back who played 16 years in the NFL. He produced over 12,000 yards on the ground, which is good for 14th all-time. Allen is a Super Bowl Champion, and also had a monster year in 195 going for over 1,750 yards and 11 touchdowns. Allen was named Offensive Player of the Year in 1985, and won Rookie of the year in 1982.

15. Jerome Bettis

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
192 3,479 13,662 91 200 1,449 3

Not many build like Jerome Bettis on this list, and he was called “the Bus” for a reason well over two bills. Bettis was a grinder, rushing for under four yards per attempt, yet running for over 13,000 yards. Bettis also had 91 touchdowns. That is good for 11th all-tine, and he is seventh all-time in rushing yards. He went to six Pro Bowls, and was also a Super Bowl champ. Bettis was the ultimate workhorse, and had a career high 375 rushing attempts in 1997.

16. Edgerrin James

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
148 3,028 12,246 80 433 3,364 11

Edgerrin James topped 12,000 yards in his career, and scored 80 rushing touchdowns. While we think about those Indy passing attacks, James was a prominent rusher during his time in Indy. James saw 369 rushing attempts in his rookie year, and his career highs in rushing came within his first two seasons in the NFL. James was the Rookie of the Year, and also had four Pro Bowl seasons. He was overshadowed by a few AFC West running backs in his time, but he belongs was in the top 25.

17. Jamal Lewis

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
131 2,542 10,607 58 221 1,879 4

Baltimore had a workhorse in the 2000s, and Jamal Lewis was his name. He is a Super Bowl champion, and in 2003 he rushed for over 2,000 yards and had 14 touchdowns. Lewis missed a full season in his sophomore year, which is disappointing when you look at his overall numbers. He was a workhorse, and while he isn’t the most decorated running back on this list, Lewis was what any team needed in that period.

18. John Riggins

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
175 2,916 11,352 104 250 2,090 12

John Riggins was a well deserved Hall of Fame inductee back in 1992, and had one of the best afros in the 70s. He rushed for over 11,000 yards, and had 104 touchdowns. That is good for 7th overall on the all-time list. Riggins is a Super Bowl Champion, and also was a top ten draft pick. With a name like Riggins, rushing for under four yards per carry yet racking up this type of production.

19. Ricky Watters

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
144 2,622 10,643 78 467 4,248 13

Ricky Watters is a Notre Dame legend, but broke into the NFL putting up over 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns in his first season. Watters scored 78 touchdowns in his career, and generated over 10,000 rushing yards. He ended up in the Pro Bowl five times, and was also a Super Bowl Champion. Watters might get overlooked on some rankings because the name value might not be quite as recognizable, but he was a strong back during his ten year career.

20. Fred Taylor

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
153 2,534 11,695 66 290 2,384 8

Jacksonville had one of the best rushing attacks in football during the 2000s, and Fred Taylor led it. His rookie season was snubbed, because a 1,200 rushing yard season and 14 touchdowns should have won the award. Taylor is one of the most underrated backs in the game, rushing for 4.6 yards per attempt in his career, and had 66 rushing touchdowns. He finished with over 11,000 rushing yards, and should be more widely recognized.

21. Corey Dillon

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
150 2,618 11,241 82 244 1,913 7

Corey Dillon is 20th all-time in rushing yards, and 18th all-time in rushing touchdowns. He will go down as one of the greats, and was consistent all the way through. Dillon finished his career with three straight seasons with double-digit touchdowns. He ended up with 82 in his career, and also managed to lock down a Super Bowl with New England during those late stages. Dillon had just three seasons where he didn’t surpass 1,000 rushing yards. Dillon is up there for running backs in the last two decades.

22. Warrick Dunn

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
181 2,669 10,967 49 510 4,339 15

Warrick Dunn was on the smaller side when you watched him play, but he was a sneaky good running back. He won Rookie of the Year in 1997, producing over 1,000 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns. Dunn worked well in the passing game, posting over 4,000 receiving yards in his 12-year career. He finished with over 10,000 rushing yards, and had 49 touchdowns. Because of his size, he wasn’t going to be used full time in the red zone, which is his only knock.

23. Eddie George

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
141 2,865 10,441 68 268 2,227 10

Eddie George had over 300 rushing attempts in every year but his last. He had a career high 403 rushing attempts in 2000, where he finished with over 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns. George was a terrific back, and posted numerous 1,000 yard seasons for the Titans. He finished with over 10,000 rushing yards, and 68 touchdowns in his career. He was a four time Pro Bowler, and was also the Rookie of the Year in 1996. George is one of the few strong backs to come out of Ohio State.

24. Ottis Anderson

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
182 2,562 10,273 81 376 3,062 5

Rushing for 1,605 yards and eight touchdowns in his rookie season, put Ottis Anderson on the map. Anderson dominated the first half of his career, and finished up with over 10,000 rushing yards in his career and 81 touchdowns. The touchdowns were good for 19th all-time, and he is 30th all-time in yards. Anderson was a two-time Super Bowl champion, and found his way to two Pro Bowls as well. The 8th overall pick in the 1979 draft clearly lived up to the hype.

25. Tiki Barber

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
154 2,217 10,449 55 586 5,183 12

Tiki Barber had a slow start to his career, only starting 11 games in his first three seasons, but once he got the workload, he really took off. Barber had over 10,000 yards in his career, and his final five seasons were all over 1,000 yards. While speculating on his career could go many ways, another season or two at that production early on would have pushed him way up there on the rushing yard leaderboard. He is currently 27th all-time, and had 55 touchdowns. Barber also produced very well in the passing game, generating over 5,000 receiving yards.

26. Franco Harris

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
173 2,949 12,120 91 307 2,287 9

Franco Harris was a big part of Pittsburgh stretch in the 70s, where you also had one of the best defenses spanning across half a decade. Harris was on the other side of the ball generating 1,000 yard seasons. He ended his career with over 12,000 yards and 91 touchdowns. He was a nine-time Pro Bowler, and also took home the Rookie of the Year award. Crazy to think both him and Jerome Bettis nearly had identical careers stats wise. Harris also has four Super Bowl rings tied to his name.

27. Marshawn Lynch

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
148 2,441 10,379 84 287 2,214 9

Marshawn LynchMarshawn Lynch has given us a lot on and off the field, and has also produced some truly special moments. Lynch is still chugging along, although his time is coming to an end. He is top 30 all-time in rushing yards, and 16th all-time in touchdowns. We also have to remember Lynch took a year off at age 30, before coming back to the league. Lynch ended up on five Pro Bowl teams, and also won a Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks. He might notch a few spots on the leaderboards if he plays another season or two.

28. Shaun Alexander

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
123 2,187 9,453 100 215 1,520 12

Shaun Alexander played nine years in the NFL, although he only had a combined 75 rushes in his first and last season. Alexander scored 100 rushing touchdowns in his career, which says a lot about him during his prime. The 2005 season was one of the best running back seasons we have ever seen, as he rushed for 1,880 yards and 27 touchdowns. This was of course an MVP season for Alexander, and he won the Offensive Player of the Year award as well.

29. Clinton Portis

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
113 2,230 9,923 75 247 2,018 5

Clinton Portis would have likely powered through many more seasons as a true elite back with Denver, but was shipped off to Washington after two full seasons with the Broncos. Portis went on to have a pretty successful career, rushing for 9,923 yards and 75 touchdowns. Portis won the Rookie of the Year, and had 29 rushing touchdowns within his first two seasons. He rushed for over 1,000 yards in six of nine seasons, although health caught Portis on the wrong side in a few of them.

30. Joe Perry

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
183 1,929 9,723 71 260 2,021 12

Joe Perry was inducted into the Hall of Fame back in 1969, and played in a different era from most of these names. Perry rushed for five yards a carry in his career, and scored 71 rushing touchdowns. He was a three-time Pro Bowler, and two-time All-Pro. Perry never rushed for over 200 attempts in a season, but still had a few years over 1,000 yards rushing. While technically he may be considered a fullback to most, Perry still produced strong rushing numbers.

31. Larry Csonka

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
146 1,891 8,081 64 106 820 4

If we are talking mustaches, Larry Csonka would be number one in the rankings. He was a part of the two Super Bowl Miami teams in the 70s, and a crucial part. Csonka rushed for over 8,000 yards at 4.3 yards per attempt, and scored 64 touchdowns. Csonka was a five-time Pro Bowler, and also was the comeback player of the year in 1979. He was induced into the Hall of Fame back in 1987, wrapping up a successful career.

32. Priest Holmes

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
113 1,780 8,172 86 339 2,962 8

We were robbed by a full career of Priest Holmes, as he had a fill-in year the second season in Baltimore, but was not a featured piece during his four years there. It wasn’t until he got to Kansas City where he broke out. When we look at Holmes, he rushed for 4.6 yards per attempt, and scored 86 touchdowns. In those first three seasons with the Chiefs, he had over 2,000 all-purpose yards in each. He was a Super Bowl Champion, and was named All-Pro three times.

33. LeSean McCoy

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
145 2,330 10,571 68 470 3,588 15

LeSean McCoyLeSean McCoy is one of the better all-purpose backs over the last decade, and has over 13,000 all-purpose yards in his career and is still counting. McCoy has averaged 4.5 yards per attempt in his career, and his 2013 season was insane with over 2,100 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns. In 2011 he scored a total of 20 touchdowns. McCoy is a six-time Pro Bowler, and has been named All-Pro twice. He is rounding out a very impressive career, and will be in contention come Hall of Fame voting time.

34. Jim Taylor

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
132 1,941 8,597 83 225 1,756 10

35. Ricky Williams

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
147 2,431 10,009 66 342 2,606 8

When Ricky Williams wasn’t retiring or taking a year away for a ganja tour, he was dominating in the league as a top tier running back. He rushed for over 4.0 yards per attempt, and had over 2,500 receiving yards. In 2002, Williams averaged a ridiculous 115.8 yards per game, and scored 16 touchdowns. Williams ended up topping over 10,000 yards rushing, and scored 66 touchdowns. There is a good chance that Williams missing his 27th aged season and 29th, would have been up on the all-time leaderboards.

36. Terrell Davis

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
78 1,655 7,607 60 169 1,280 5

It was disappointing having Terrell Davis’ career cut short by injuries, especially the major one as he was trying to make a tackle on an interception. I also feel Davis is an odd member of the Hall of Fame because he was put in for basically four seasons of work. Maybe I am salty because Issac Bruce still isn’t in. Either way, Davis produced over 7,500 yards over his career, with a majority of it coming in his first four seasons. He also tallied 60 rushing touchdowns. His 1998 season was truly special, rushing for over 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns.

37. Ahman Green

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
148 2,056 9,205 60 378 2,883 14

Ahman Green rushed for over 9,000 yards in his career, and had 60 rushing touchdowns. Green was a longtime Packer running backs, and his production was insanely consistent. He averaged 80 yards on the ground a season in Green Bay, and ran for 4.5 yards per attempt in his career. Green topped double-digit touchdowns a few times in his career, and was a steady receiver out of the backfield as well. He went to four Pro Bowls, and is one of the best Packer backs in a long time.

38. Willis McGahee

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
142 2,905 8,474 65 210 1,339 5

Willis McGahee is top 50 in rushing touchdowns and rushing yards. McGahee bounced around the NFL quite a bit, but found success wherever he went. He rushed for a career 4.0 yards per attempt, and had five seasons with over 1,000 rushing yards. McGahee found his way to two Pro Bowls, and was often overshadowed by some of the other backs in the league.

39. Roger Craig

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
165 1,991 8,189 56 566 4,911 17

Roger Craig was a three-time Super Bowl Champion with the San Francisco 49ers, and churned out a pretty successful career on the ground. Craig rushed for over 8,000 yards, and had over 4,500 receiving yards. The 1985 season was special for Craig, who rushed for over 1,000 yards, and had over 1,000 receiving yards as well. Craig was the Offensive Player of the Year, and also had four Pro Bowl seasons.

40. Herschel Walker

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
187 1,954 8,225 61 512 4,859 21

Herschel Walker played 13 years in the NFL, and rushed for over 4.0 yards per attempt. He was a dynamic receiving back in addition, and has over 13,000 all-purpose yards. Walker also boasts over 80 total touchdowns. He was a 5th round pick, and quite the steal when you look back. Walker will go down as one of the tier 2 backs on the list, but in that era Walker dominated in various ways.

41. Steven Jackson

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
160 2,764 11,438 69 461 3,683 9

Steven Jackson had eight of his eleven seasons go for over 1,000 rushing yards. He also had a wild 2006 season going for over 2,300 scrimmage yards and 16 total touchdowns. Jackson is 18th all-time in rushing yards, and the 69 rushing touchdowns to his name makes Jackson one of the higher statistical greats. He wasn’t greatly appreciated during his time, and we won’t think of Jackson when we think 2000s running backs, but we certainly should.

42. Stephen Davis

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
143 1,945 8,052 65 179 1,493 4

Stephen Davis was an impressive back in the late 90s and early 200s. He played 11 years in the NFL, rushing for over 8,000 yards and had 65 rushing touchdowns. Davis had huge years in Washington, rushing for over 1,300 yards in three straight seasons. He also had a career high in touchdowns back in 1999 at 17.  Davis had three Pro Bowl appearances.

43. Gerald Riggs

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
129 1,989 8,188 69 201 1,516 0

Gerald Riggs was the 9th overall pick back in 1982, and played most of his years with the team who drafted him, the Atlanta Falcons. Riggs was a bruiser at 6’1 – 230, and was able to rack up 69 rushing touchdowns because of it. He also managed to rush on for over 8,000 yards. He was a Super Bowl Champion with the Redskins late in his career, and is a three-time Pro Bowler.

44. Freeman McNeil

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
144 1,798 8,074 38 295 2,961 12

Freeman McNeil played his entire career with the New York Jets, and had a successful career racking up over 11,000 yards from scrimmage. McNeil also tallied 50 total touchdowns. He went to three Pro Bowls, and had one All-Pro season. McNeil averaged 4.5 yards per attempt in his career, and you have to say he was a fairly successful third overall pick.

45. Matt Forte

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
146 2,356 9,796 54 554 4,672 21

Producing over 14,000 yards of offense, Matt Forte will go down as one of the greats that might be overlooked a bit. He has over 70 total touchdowns, and rushed for 4.2 yards per attempt. Forte was a two-time Pro Bowler, and deserved many more. He had a long ten year career, but his time in Chicago is where we remember him best. Forte was not the flashiest back of all-time, and his touchdown production seems to be what people look down on him about, but hard to knock this production.

46. Brian Westbrook

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
121 1,285 6,335 41 442 3,940 30

Brian Westbrook got the job done in numerous ways. He was an excellent receiving back with over 400 receptions and nearly 4,000 yards in his career. He also rushed for over 6,000 yards and had 71 total touchdowns. Westbrook played nine years in the league, and once 30 hit, Westbrook started to deplete like many backs do. He went to two Pro Bowls, and had one All=Pro season. He finished his career with a 4.6 yards per attempt, and averaged over 90 yards a game.

47. Chris Johnson

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
130 2,163 9,651 55 307 2,255 9

Chris Johnson broke into the league back in 2008, which feels like forever ago now, but had a stellar career. Johnson rushed for over 2,000 yards in his sophomore season, with 14 touchdowns, and 500 receiving yards as well. Johnson’s first six seasons all went for over 1,000 yards, and then once he stepped out of Tennessee the production dropped a bit. Johnson was one of the fastest backs I have ever seen, and will be someone I remember greatly when looking back.

48. Jamaal Charles

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
119 1,407 7,563 44 310 2,593 20

Jamaal CharlesInjuries ravished Jamaal Charles career, but when healthy he was one of the most dynamic backs we have seen. He had over 10,000 all-purpose yards in 69 starts, and 64 total touchdowns. Charles was a four-time Pro Bowler, and a two-time all-pro. We have to go back to a game he had against Oakland to showcase the star he was. He had five total touchdowns and over 200 all-purpose yards.

49. Maurice Jones-Drew

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
126 1,847 8,167 68 346 2,944 11

Maurice Jones-Drew was a bowling ball rushing up and down the field in his prime. He had 15 total touchdowns in his rookie season, and went onto rush for 68 total touchdowns in his career. He finished with 4.4 yards per attempt, and had over 8,000 rushing yards. MJD was also an advocate for fantasy football, which always gives a player an edge in likeness. He went to three Pro Bowls, and was named All-Pro once. MJD was certainly good enough to crack the top 50.

50. Frank Gore

GP ATT YDS RUSH TD REC REC YDS REC TD
196 3,226 14,026 77 443 3,672 17

Frank GoreFrank Gore is an absolute machine, and is still doing it at the age of 35. Gore will go down as one of the most durable backs of all-time, and to have the longevity he did and still does in his career is something special. He has over 14,000 rushing yards and counting, and 77 rushing touchdowns. At 4.4 yards per attempt, Gore was efficient as well. He has likely cemented himself 4th in all-time yards between Barry Sanders and Curtis Martin. Not a bad career at all.

  
Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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