Barry Sanders top 10 Running Backs of all time | Goat Talk Sports


Barry Sanders top 10 NFL running backs of all time.

Barry Sanders - Known for his quickness, agility, and ability to make defenders miss, Sanders retired as the third-leading rusher in NFL history after just 10 seasons. He rushed for

  • 15,269 yards 
  • 99 touchdowns
  • 5.0 yards per carry

Jim Brown - A dominant force in the NFL during his nine-year career, Brown was a bruising runner who could also make plays in the passing game. He still holds the record for the most rushing yards per game in NFL history (104.3).

  • 12,312 yards
  • 106 touchdowns
  • 5.2 yards per carry.

Walter Payton - "Sweetness" was known for his elusive running style and his ability to break tackles. He retired as the NFL's all-time leading rusher. Payton was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993.

  • 16,726 yards, and scored
  • 110 touchdowns. 

Emmitt Smith - The NFL's all-time leading rusher, Smith was a key player in the Dallas Cowboys' three Super Bowl wins in the 1990s. He was also named the league's MVP in 1993. Smith rushed for 18,355 yards and 164 touchdowns, averaging 4.2 yards per carry.

Eric Dickerson - A six-time Pro Bowler and the 1983 NFL Rookie of the Year, Dickerson set the single-season rushing record with 2,105 yards in 1984, a mark that still stands. He rushed for 13,259 yards and 90 touchdowns, averaging 4.4 yards per carry.

Adrian Peterson - A seven-time Pro Bowler and the 2012 NFL MVP, Peterson is known for his powerful running style and his ability to overcome adversity. Peterson has rushed for 14,216 yards and 111 touchdowns, averaging 4.7 yards per carry.

Marshall Faulk - A versatile running back who could run, catch, and block, Faulk was named the NFL's MVP in 2000 and is widely considered one of the greatest all-purpose backs of all time. Faulk rushed for

  • 12,279 yards
  • 100 touchdowns
  • 767 catches for 6,875 yards
  • 36 touchdowns

Franco Harris - A four-time Super Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Harris was known for his powerful running style and his clutch performances in big games. Harris rushed for 12,120 yards and 91 touchdowns, averaging 4.1 yards per carry.

Curtis Martin - A five-time Pro Bowler, Martin retired as the fourth-leading rusher in NFL history with 14,101 yards. He scored 90 touchdowns and averaged 4.0 yards per carry.

LaDainian Tomlinson - A five-time Pro Bowler and the 2006 NFL MVP, Tomlinson was known for his speed, quickness, and ability to score touchdowns. He rushed for

  • 13,684 yards
  • 145 touchdowns
  • 4.3 yards per carry


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