Top 15 Running Backs of All Time

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(AP Photo/NFL Photos)

15. Franco Harris

Best Season: 262 attempts 1246 rus. yds 10 TDs 4.8 YPA 28 catches 214 rec. yds 1 TD
Career:2949 attempts 12,120 rus. yds 91 TDs 4.1 YPA 70.1 Y/G 307 catches 2,287 rec. yds 9 TDs
Accolades: 4x Super Bowl Champion (’74-’75,’78-’79) Super Bowl MVP (’74) 9x Pro-Bowler (’72-’80) AP First Team All Pro (’77) 2x AP Second Team All Pro (’72,’75) 10th all time in rushing attempts 13th All Time in career rushing yards 11th All Time in career rushing touchdowns October 17, 1976 against the Bengals Franco Harris recorded the 8th most rushing attempts in a single game with 41.

Franco Harris will forever be remembered in Steelers’ lore as he was part of arguably the most famous play in NFL history the Immaculate Reception. While many believe it was not truly a catch the refs that day ruled it to be one and from that point forward the Steelers had arguably the most dominant run in NFL history. Most people remember those Steelers for the defense, but Franco Harris was the key part of their offense through the decade. Through the 1974 playoffs Franco Harris over the course of 3 games had 387 yards 6 touchdowns and capped that off with a Super Bowl MVP. Harris is a running back that has been forgotten over the course of history, but he was one of the best running backs through the 70s.

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(George Rose/Getty Images)

14. Tony Dorsett

Best Season:342 attempts 1646 rus. yds 4 TDs 4.8Y/A 32 catches 325 rec yds 2 TDs
Career:2,936 attempts 12,739 rus. yds 77 TDs 4.3Y/A 73.6Y/G 398 catches 3,554 rec yds 13 TDs
Accolades: Super Bowl Champion (’77) 4x Pro-Bowler (’78,’81-’83) AP First Team All Pro (’81) 2x AP Second Team All Pro (’82-’83) 1977 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year (’77) 11th All Time in rushing attempts. 8th All Time in career rushing yards. 21st All Time in career rushing touchdowns.

Tony Dorsett was one of the best running backs of the late 70s-early 80s. Dorsett was the backbone for a Cowboys team that started found an offensive groove with Danny White at QB after the departure of Roger Staubach. Dorsett is remembered most for his 99 yard run against the Minnesota Vikings which is the longest run from scrimmage in history, and he did so with their only being 10 players on offense for that play as Ron Springs was unaware of what was going on. Tony Dorsett is one of only two players to have a Heisman Trophy, National championship, Super Bowl ring, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, and the Pro-Football Hall of Fame.

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(Al Bello/Getty Images)

13. Curtis Martin

Best Season:371 attempts 1,697 rus. yds 12 TDs 4.6Y/A 41 catches 245 rec. yds 2 TDs
Career:3,518 attempts 14,101 rus. yds 90 TDs 4.0Y/A 83.9Y/G 484 catches 3,329 rec. yds 10 TDs
Accolades:5x Pro-Bowler(’95-’96,’98,’01,’04) AP First Team All Pro (’04) AP Second Team All Pro (’99,’01) Offensive Rookie of the Year (’95) 10th All Time in career rushing yards per game. 3rd All Time in career rushing attempts. 4th All Time in career rushing yards. 13th All Time in career rushing touchdowns. September 14th, 1997 against the Jets Curtis Martin recorded the 10th most rushing attempts in a single game with 40.

Curtis Martin had a complete career turnaround from college to the pros. Ironically he fell to the Patriots in the 3rd round, because he was injury prone throughout his college career, and in the NFL became the most durable running back in history. Out of his 11 years in the league 8 of them Curtis Martin had at least 300 carries, and for 10 straight seasons had at least 1,000 yards every season. Martin in 2004 had a historic season. The first game of the season Martin put up 196 yards and 1 touchdown in a victory over the Bengals, and went on to become the oldest player in history at age 31 to win a rushing title. In 2005 Martin looked to become the second player ever to have 11 straight seasons with 1,000 yards, but had a knee injury that hurt his production mightily. Martin looked forward to coming back the next year, but after rigorous rehab on the knee they found out Martin had a bone on bone condition which ended his career.

(Ted S. Warren/ AP Photo)

(Ted S. Warren/ AP Photo)

12. Shaun Alexander

Best Season:370 attempts 1,880 rus. yds 27 TDs 5.1Y/A 15 catches 78 rec. yds 1 TD
Career:2,187 attempts 9,453 rus. yds 100 TDs 4.3Y/A 215 catches 1,520 rec. yds 12 TDs
Accolades:NFL MVP (’05) 3x Pro Bowler (’03-’05) AP First Team All Pro (’05) AP Second Team All Pro (’04) Offensive Player of the Year (’05) 22nd all time in career rushing yards per game. 7th all time in rushing touchdowns. In 2005 recorded the 11th most rushing yards in a single season. In 2005 recorded the 2nd most rushing touchdowns in a single season. In 2005 recorded the 16th most rushing yards per game in a single season. November 27th, 2006 against the Green Bay Packers recorded the 11th most rushing attempts in a single game with 40. November 11, 2001 against the Raiders  recorded 7th most rushing yards in a single game with 266.

Shaun Alexander did not have a long career like Curtis Martin who came before him, but damn was his time in the league special. Over the course of 5 seasons from 2001 to 2005 Shaun Alexander had 7,504 rushing yards 88 touchdowns 183 catches 1,346 receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns. That 5 year stretch alone would have had him at 15th all time in touchdowns and the next 10 guys below that mark played more years than Alexander did. In 2005 he had one of the most explosive seasons we have ever witnessed in NFL history. Sadly that became his last great seasons as his body started to crumble from all the carries he had been getting from those years running through the league. It is harder to find a more dominant stretch in history for a running back until you get to the next one.

(Hans Deryk/AP Photo)

(Hans Deryk/AP Photo)

11. Terrell Davis

Best Season:392 attempts 2,008 rus yds 21 TDs 5.1Y/A 25 catches 217 rec yds 2 TDs
Career:1,655 attempts 7,607 rus yds 60 TDs 4.6 Y/A 97.5Y/G 169 catches 1,280 rec yds 5 TDs
Accolades:NFL MVP (’98) 2x Super Bowl Champion (’97,’98) Super Bowl MVP (’97) 3x Pro Bowler (’96-’98) AP First Team All Pro (’96-’98) 2x Offensive Player of the Year (’96,’98) 3rd all time in rushing yards per game. In 1998 recorded the 7th most attempts in  single season. In 1998 recorded the 5th most rushing yards in a single season. In 1998 recorded the 6th most rushing touchdowns in a single season. In 1997 recorded the 17th most rushing yards per game in a single season. In 1998 recorded the 11th most rushing yards per game in a single season. October 26th, 1997 against the Buffalo Bills recorded the 5th most attempts in a single game with 42. 

In Terrell Davis’s 3 year prime he had 5,296 rushing yards, 49 touchdowns, on 4.8 yards a carry, and 112.7 yards a game. Not only that, but he racked up plenty for his trophy case as you can see in the awards above as all of those were earned in this 3 year span. It hurts to even think about how many more records Terrell Davis could have shattered if not for so many injuries after his MVP season. Davis was dominating in every meaning of the word. In the playoffs the guy not only showed up, but somehow played even better than he already did in the regular season, and out of the 8 playoff games he did play in he recorded 1,140 yards 12 touchdowns, on 5.6 yards a carry, and averaging 142.5 yards per game. It seems like everyone throws all of the credit of those two Super Bowls at Elway,but if there is anyone person that deserves all that credit it is definitely Terrell Davis.

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(Associated Press)

10.Earl Campbell

Best Season:373 attempts 1,934 rus. yds 13 TDs 5.2Y/A 11 catches 47 rec. yds
Career:2,187 attempts 9,407 rus. yds 81 TDs 4.3 Y/A 81.8 Y/G 121 catches 806 rec. yds
Accolades:NFL MVP (’79) 3x NFL Offensive Player of the Year (’78-’80) 5x Pro Bowler (’78-’81,’83) AP First Team All Pro (’78-’80) Offensive Rookie of the Year (’78) 13th all time in career rushing yards per game. 25th all time in career rushing touchdowns. In 1980 recorded the 24th most attempts in a single season. In 1980 recorded the 8th most rushing yards in a single season. In 1979 recorded the 12th most rushing touchdowns in a single season. In 1980 recorded 8th most rushing yards per game in a single season. October 11th, 1981 against the Seattle Seahawks recorded the 21st most attempts in a single game with 39. 

Earl Campbell helped turnaround a struggling Oilers squad that was in desperate need of a game changer and Campbell was just that. He came in and immediately making an impact not only winning Offensive Rookie of the Year, but also Offensive Player of the Year. Campbell led the league in rushing three consecutive years and before that the only person to have previously done that was Jim Brown. Campbell like Jim Brown possessed a rare combination of great speed that also had the power to run through people like a truck. Campbell’s abilities sadly wore off fairly quickly, and one can only imagine what he could have done if it was not for injuries.

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(Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

9. Marshall Faulk

Best Season:253 attempts 1,359 rus. yds 18 TDs 5.4Y/A 81 catches 830 rec. yds 8 TDs
Career:2,836 attempts 12,279 rus. yds 100 TDs 4.3Y/A 767 catches 6,875 rec. yds 36 TDs
Accolades:NFL MVP (’00) Super Bowl Champion (’99) 7x Pro Bowler(’94-’95,’98-’02) 3x First Team All Pro (’99-’01) 3x Second Team All Pro (’94-’95,’98) 3x Offensive Player of the Year (’99-’01) Offensive Rookie of the Year (’94) 15th all time in career rushing attempts. 10th all time in career rushing yards. 7th all time in career rushing touchdowns. In 2000 recorded the 15th most touchdowns in a single season. 

Marshall Faulk is arguably the greatest receiving threat in NFL history. He is one of only two players ever to have 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in a single season. He was the spearhead of what I personally consider the greatest offense ever the Greatest Show On Turf Rams. He helped lead the team to back to back Super Bowls, and Faulk led his team in receptions multiple times over and had 7 seasons with 1,000+ rushing yards. Eventually his body slowly started to fail him and he started splitting carries with Steven Jackson, and even then he still recorded over 1,000 all purpose yards. His last year he started having knee troubles and eventually announced his retirement in 2007.

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(Mike Powell/Getty Images)

8. Eric Dickerson

Best Season:379 attempts 2,105 rus. yds 14 TDs 5.6 Y/A 21 catches 139 rec. yds
Career:2,996 attempts 13,259 rus. yds 90 TDs 4.4Y/A 90.8 Y/G 281 catches 2,137 rec. yds 6 TDs
Accolades:6x Pro Bowler (’83-’84,’86-’89) 5x All Pro First Team (’83-’84,’86-’88) Offensive Player of the Year (’86) Offensive Rookie of the Year (’83) 5th all time in career rushing yards per game. 9th all time in career rushing attempts. 7th all time in career rushing yards. 13th all time in career rushing touchdowns. 1986 recorded the 4th most rushing attempts in a single season. 1983 recorded the 10th most rushing attempts in a single season. 1988 recorded the 12th most rushing attempts in a single season. 1984 recorded the 18th most rushing attempts in a single season. 1984 recorded the most rushing yards in a single season. 1986 recorded the 18th most rushing yards in a single season. 1983 recorded the 21st most rushing yards in a single season. 1983 recorded the 15th most rushing touchdowns in a single season. 1984 recorded the 4th most rushing yards per game in a single season. 1986 recorded the 23rd most rushing yards per game in a single season. 1983 recorded the 25th most rushing yards per game in a single season. January 4th, 1986, against the Dallas Cowboys recorded the 14th most rushing yards in a single game with 248. 

Eric Dickerson was a phenomenal running back that started wrecking the league from day one. He had multiple record breaking years right from the jump. He broke just about every rookie record possible for his position and followed up that year with the historic 1984 season in which he broke the record for rushing yards in a season and that record is still standing after more than 30 years later. His teams did not find much success, but he is not to be blamed for that as he also broke the record for rushing yards in a playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys with 248. Dickerson is easily a top running back and many may wonder how he can have all of those records yet be this low and the reason for that is that he was very turnover prone having 49 fumbles in those first 4 seasons when he was breaking all the records. Regardless of that fact his career is revered for a reason.

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(Getty Images/Getty Images)

7. O.J. Simpson

Best Season:329 attempts 1,817 rus. yds 16 TDs 5.5Y/A 28 catches 428 rec. yds 7 TDs
Career:2,404 attempts 11,236 rus. yds 61 TDs 4.7Y/A 83.2 Y/G 203 catches 2,142 rec. yds 14 TDs
Accolades:NFL MVP (’73) 6x Pro Bowler (’69,’72-’76) 5x All Pro First Team (’72-’76) Offensive Player of the Year (’73) 11th all time in career rushing yards per game. 21st all time in career rushing yards. 1973 recorded the 7th most rushing yards in a single season. 1975 recorded the 19th most rushing yards in a single season. 1973 recorded the most yards per game in a single season. October 29, 1973 against the Kansas City Chiefs recorded the 21st most rushing attempts in a single game with 39. November 25th, 1976 against the Detroit Lions recorded the 6th most rushing yards in a single game with 273. September 16th, 1973 against the New England Patriots recorded the 12th most rushing yards in a single game with 250.

O.J. Simpson is known for everything but what he brought to the game. All of that is his own doing and I am not here to judge that. It is funny honestly most people today do not even know he was one of the greatest football players to ever live.

(Ann Heisenfelt/Associated Press)

(Ann Heisenfelt/Associated Press)

6. Adrian Peterson

Best Season:348 attempts 2,097 rus. yds 12 TDs 6.0Y/A 40 catches 217 rec. yds 1 TD
Career:2,381 attempts 11,675 rus. yds 97 TDs 4.9Y/A 97.3 Y/G 238 catches 1,937 rec. yds 5 TDs
Accolades:NFL MVP (’12) 7x Pro Bowler(’07-’10,’12-’13,’15) 4x First Team All Pro (’08-’09,’12,’15) 3x Second Team All Pro (’07,’10,’13) Offensive Player of the Year (’12) Offensive Rookie of the Year (’07) 4th all time in career rushing yards per game. 17th all time in career rushing yards. 10th all time in career rushing touchdowns. 2012 season recorded the 2nd most rushing yards in a single season. 2008 recorded the 24th most yards in a single season. 2009 recorded the 15th most rushing touchdowns in a single season. 2012 recorded the 5th most rushing yards per game in a single season. November 4th, 2007 against the San Diego Chargers recorded the most rushing yards in a single game with 296. 

Adrian “All Day” Peterson can do it all. He has the speed to glide past the defensive backs and has the power to truck through the linebackers. Peterson is a guy I have been seeing since his days in high school. Watching Adrian Peterson as a man amongst boys in high school was a special experience, and that ability translated to every level of the game. He came in as a rookie and it became very apparent very quickly that he was going to be special running back. He broke the record for most rushing yards in a single game in his rookie season. Two years later when Brett Farve came into the fold for a historic season Peterson led the league in touchdowns. A couple of years later he had an ACL injury that seemed to hinder the careers of many running backs turned into a record breaking season for AP. He averaged 6 yards a carry in 2012 which is unheard of. Just think about this for a moment. Adrian Peterson in that historic 2012 season had 348 attempts. That ranks as the 58th most rushing attempts in a season ever and Adrian Peterson ended up with the 2nd most rushing yards in history. His legacy will continue to grow as he does not look like he is slowing down after leading the league in both rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, and could easily end up a top 5 running back of all time.

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(Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

5. Emmitt Smith

Best Season:377 attempts 1,773 rus. yds 25 TDs 4.7Y/A 62 catches 375 rec. yds
Career:4,409 attempts 18,355 rus. yds 164 TDs  4.2Y/A 81.2Y/G 515 catches 3,224 rec. yds 11 TDs
Accolades:NFL MVP (’93) 3x Super Bowl Champion (’92-’93,’95) Super Bowl MVP (’93) 8x Pro Bowler (’90-’95,’98-’99) 4x First Team All Pro (’92-’95) Second Team All Pro (’91) Offensive Rookie of the Year (’90) 14th all time in career rushing yards per game. 1st all time in career rushing attempts. 1st all time in career rushing yards. 1st all time in career rushing touchdowns. 1995 recorded the 20th most rushing attempts in a single season. 1992 recorded the 24th most rushing attempts in a single season. 1995 recorded the 23rd most rushing yards in a single season. 1995 recorded the 4th most rushing touchdowns in a single season. 1994 recorded the 6th most rushing touchdowns in a single season. 1992 recorded the 18th most rushing touchdowns in a single season. October 31st, 1993, against the Philadelphia Eagles recorded the 19th most rushing yards in a single game with 237. 

Emmitt Smith became the backbone for a team that went on to win 3 championships in just 4 years. Coming out of college, teams believed he was too small and slow for the athletes in the pros. Emmitt is the only player to have 11 consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 rushing yards. He holds every career rushing record which speaks to his durability. Smith’s greatest attribute was his vision as he followed his hall of fame linemen to victory time and time again. He was never a guy who went side to side, but instead north and south. He was not a guy who would run to the sidelines in hopes of finding more yards. Smith would hit you and hit you hard. He is best remembered for his game against the New York Giants in which he lead the Cowboys to victory with a separated shoulder.

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(Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

4. LaDainian Tomlinson

Best Season:348 attempts 1,815 rus. yds 28 TDs 5.2Y/A 56 catches 508 rec. yds 3 TDs
Career:3.174 attempts 13,684 rus. yds 145 TDs 4.3 Y/A 80.5 Y/G 624 catches 4,772 17 TDs
Accolades:NFL MVP (’06) 5x Pro Bowler (’02,’04-’05) 3x First Team All Pro (’04,’06-’07) 3x Second Team All Pro (’02-’03,’05) Offensive Player of the Year (’06) 16th all time in career rushing yards per game. 5th all time in career rushing attempts. 5th all time in career rushing yards. 2nd all time in career rushing touchdowns. 2006 recorded the 20th most rushing yards in a single season. 2006 recorded the most rushing touchdowns in a single season. 2005 recorded the 15th most rushing touchdowns in a single season. 2004 recorded the 23rd most rushing touchdowns in a single season. 2006 recorded the 24th most rushing yards per game in a single season. October 20th, 2002, against the Oakland Raiders recorded the 21st most rushing attempts in a single game with 39. December 28th, 2003, against the Oakland Raiders recorded the 17th most rushing yards in a single game with 243. 

LaDainian Tomlinson was one of the most explosive backs in history. In each of his first seven seasons Tomlinson recorded at least 1,200 yards and 50 receptions. Needless to say he got off to a good start. In 2003 Tomlinson also became the first running back to ever record 1,200 yards and 100 receptions in a single season. His versatility will be what he is remembered most for. Running? He can do that. Blocking? LT can do that. Catching? Easy work for him. Passing? Hell he can do that too. October 16th, 2005 Tomlinson became the 7th player in history to have a passing, rushing, and receiving touchdown in a single game. The 2006 season was a special one for Tomlinson. LT had a 7 game stretch with 19 touchdowns. That is almost 3 rushing touchdowns per game within a 7 game span. He went on to break the record for rushing touchdowns in a single season and winning MVP that year. His time for the hall of fame is coming up and he will be a surefire 1st ballot.

(Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

(Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

3. Walter Payton

Best Season:339 attempts 1,852 rus. yds 14 TDs 5.5 Y/A 27 catches 269 rec. yds 2 TDs
Career:3,838 attempts 16,726 rus. yds 110 TDs 4.4 Y/A 88.0 Y/G 492 catches 4,538 rec. yds 15 TDs
Accolades:NFL MVP (’77) Super Bowl Champion (’85) 9x Pro Bowler (’76-’80,’83-’86) 6x All Pro First Team (’76-’77,’80,’84-’85) 3x All Pro Second Team (’78-’79,’86) 2nd all time in career rushing attempts. 2nd all time in career rushing yards. 

All of these guys from 1-3 have a legitimate case as the greatest running back of all time. Walter Payton was the all around back before there was ever such a thing as a all around back. Payton is probably the best blocking back of all time and was used as a legitimate receiving option before it became a thing. The Bears had endured some hard seasons after the loss of Gale Sayers back in 1972. Payton revitalized the Bears franchise and became a central point of the historic 1985 championship team. Payton’s running style was particularly odd because of the amount of hesitations, high steps, and stutter steps he used. He never seemed to be going at a normal pace and defenders were on their toes anytime he had the ball because he could turn one of those stutter steps into an explosion of speed in the blink of an eye. His numbers and legacy justify him as arguably the best ever, but he ranks #3 here. 4th all time in career rushing touchdowns. 6th all time in career rushing yards per game. 1984 recorded the 16th most rushing attempts in a single season. 1977 recorded the 15th most rushing yards in a single season. 1977 recorded the 3rd most rushing yards per game in a single season. November 20th, 1977 against the Minnesota Vikings recorded the 11th most rushing attempts in a single game with 40. October 7th, 1979 against the Buffalo Bills recorded the 21st most rushing attempts in a single game with 39. November 2oth, 1977 against the Minnesota Vikings recorded the 5th most rushing yards in a single game with 275.

(Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

(Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

2. Jim Brown

Best Season:257 attempts 1,527 rus. yds 17 TDs 5.9 Y/A 16 catches 138 rec. yds 1 TD
Career:2,359 attempts 12,312 rus. yds 106 TDs 5.2 Y/A 104.3 Y/G 262 catches 2,499 rec. yds 20 TDs
Accolades:3x NFL MVP (’57-’58,’65) NFL Championship (’64) 8x Pro Bowler (’57-’61,’63-’65) 8x First Team All Pro (’57-’61,’63-’65) 1st all time in career yards per game. 9th all time in career rushing yards. 5th all time in career rushing touchdowns. 1963 recorded the 12th most rushing yards in a single season. 1958 recorded the 23rd most touchdowns in a single season. 1965 recorded the 23rd most touchdowns in a single season. 1963 recorded the 2nd most yards per game in a single season. 1958 recorded the 10th most yards per game in a single season. November 24th, 1957, against the Los Angeles Rams recorded the 19th most rushing yards in a single game with 237. November 19th, 1961 against the Philadelphia Eagles recorded the 19th most rushing yards in a single game with 237. November 1st, 1959, against the Baltimore Colts recorded the most rushing touchdowns in a single game with 5.

If we were to look at pure dominance then their is nobody who can touch what Jim Brown did in his time in the NFL in his short tenure. Jim Brown played 9 seasons in the NFL and led the league in rushing yards for 8 of those. Brown led the league in rushing touchdowns 5 of the 9 seasons he played. Take a look at his numbers above. Brown is 9th all time in career rushing yards, 5th all time in career rushing touchdowns, and is not even top 25 in rushing attempts. That disparity alone speaks to his greatness. His dominance was unforeseen and will likely never be seen again. He looked like a man among boys, tossing around defenders like paper weights. Many have claimed him to be the greatest football player ever and it is hard to argue against.

(Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

(Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

1. Barry Sanders

Best Season:335 attempts 2,053 rus. yds 11 TDs 6.1Y/A 33 catches 305 rec. yds 3 TDs
Career:3,062 attempts 15,269 rus. yds 99 TDs 5.0 Y/A 99.8 Y/G 352 catches 2,921 rec. yds 10 TDs
Accolades:NFL MVP (’97) 10x Pro Bowler (’89-’98) 6x First Team All Pro (’89-’91,’94-’95,’97) 4x Second Team All Pro (’92-’93,’96,’98) 2x Offensive Player of the Year (’94,’97) Offensive Rookie of the Year (’89) 2nd all time in career rushing yards per game. 6th all time in career rushing attempts. 3rd all time in career rushing yards. 9th all time in career rushing touchdowns. 1997 recorded the 4th most rushing yards in a single season. 1994 recorded the 9th most rushing yards in a single season. 1997 recorded the 9th most rushing yards per game in a single season. 1994 recorded the most 14th most rushing yards per game in a single season. September 19th, 1994, against the Dallas Cowboys recorded the 11th most rushing attempts in a single game with 40. November 13th, 1994, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers recorded the 19th most rushing yards in a single game with 237.

If you are wondering why Barry is #1 all time look at the numbers above. Now imagine yourself taking a defense 1 on 11 every play. That is what it felt like watching Barry Sanders play. His team was awful and the fact they ever reached the playoffs is a miracle within itself. Barry was everything to the team and they relied upon him to carry them to the promise land all by himself. So many times Barry would seem stuffed at a hole his line failed to hold up and then turned it all the way around into a positive gain. Everyone said he had the most entertaining 4 yard runs and that was because the man was running for his life every play. He retired earlier than expected from the game and it came as a shock for everyone. If Barry would have played as long as some of the others on this list he would have no doubt owned every record in the book.

(All stats are from http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ and are accurate as of 2/23/2016)

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