Greatest NFL Running Back

Yappi

Go Buckeyes
For the fun of it and leading up to the football season, thought we could have a bracket for the top running back in NFL history.

To make this list, we are taking the top 16 running backs based on career rushing yards.

The first round matchups are:

1 Emmitt Smith 18,355 1990-2004
16 Thurman Thomas 12,074 1988-2000


8 Adrian Peterson 13,318 2007-2018
9 Eric Dickerson 13,259 1983-1993


4 Frank Gore 14,748 2005-2018
13 Edgerrin James 12,246 1999-2009


5 Curtis Martin 14,101 1995-2005
12 Marshall Faulk 12,279 1994-2005


2 Walter Payton 16,726 1975-1987
15 Franco Harris 12,120 1972-1984


7 Jerome Bettis 13,662 1993-2005
10 Tony Dorsett 12,739 1977-1988


3 Barry Sanders 15,269 1989-1998
14 Marcus Allen 12,243 1982-1997


6 LaDainian Tomlinson 13,684 2001-2011
11 Jim Brown 12,312 1957-1965
 

Yappi

Go Buckeyes
Just all-time rushing yards determine the top 16.

Second round voting starts today:

1 Emmitt Smith 18,355 1990-2004
9 Eric Dickerson 13,259 1983-1993


13 Edgerrin James 12,246 1999-2009
12 Marshall Faulk 12,279 1994-2005

2 Walter Payton 16,726 1975-1987
10 Tony Dorsett 12,739 1977-1988


3 Barry Sanders 15,269 1989-1998
11 Jim Brown 12,312 1957-1965
 

cjb56

Active member
Jim Brown wins.

But in my lifetime...which includes most of the list...the best of my time was Eric D1ckerson. Amazing. However, the best I ever saw on a per season basis was the first few years of Earl Campbell. Jeez...he was a wrecking ball!
 

Yappi

Go Buckeyes
Semifinals:

1 Emmitt Smith 18,355 1990-2004
12 Marshall Faulk 12,279 1994-2005


2 Walter Payton 16,726 1975-1987
11 Jim Brown 12,312 1957-1965
 
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