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The 17 Greatest NFL Running Backs of All Time

Barry Sanders is a true Hall of Famer | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Barry Sanders is a true Hall of Famer | Christian Petersen/Getty Images Barry Sanders is a true Hall of Famer | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

In the NFL, as in everything, there are the good players, the bad players, and the greatest players to ever step foot on the gridiron. Tasked with rushing the football and receiving passes out of the backfield, the greatest NFL running backs move the chains, break big plays, and help the team win ball games. The position demands a total package of vision, toughness, durability, fiery leadership, and above all else, pure running ability.

The best runs often combine a smooth mix of shiftiness, acceleration, power, and top-line speed. The top 17 greatest NFL running backs of all time put everything together — with astounding consistency.

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