Top 10 NFL Running Backs of All Time Series: No. 7, Marshall Faulk
This is the fourth part in a 10-part series which breaks down in detail the top 10 running backs in NFL history.
The seventh-best NFL RB of all time is Marshall Faulk, from his time with the St. Louis Rams.
Faulk was drafted second overall out of San Diego State University by the Indianapolis Colts and had a good start to his career before exploding as a dual threat with the Rams after being traded there for a couple of draft picks.
Faulk made the Hall of Fame in 2011, attended seven Pro Bowls and was named to three All-Pro teams.
Faulk never had any seasons where he rushed for 1,500-plus yards (the benchmark for elite seasons). His best season in terms of rushing yards saw him rack up 1,382 yards while carrying the football.
However, that was not his best season overall. That season would be his first with the Rams, where he ran for 1,381 yards and had 1,048 receiving yards out of the backfield as well. He became just the second RB in the history of the NFL, Roger Craig being the other, to surpass 1,000 rushing and receiving yards in the same season.
His total of 1,048 receiving yards set the record for the most in a single season for a RB in NFL history.
Faulk's best season in terms of rushing yards per game saw him average 98.3 rushing yards per game for that season. For his career, he averaged 69.8 rushing yards per game, which ranks 38th all time.
His career year (1999) also saw him tally 5.5 yards per attempt. For his career, he averaged a solid 4.3 yards per attempt.
Faulk's highest rushing TD total for a season was 18, which is the 15th-highest single-season total ever. For his career, he ranks seventh all-time for rushing TDs.
Faulk's career rushing yard total of 12,279 places him 10th on the all-time list. His best rushing game saw him rack up 220 yards, which is the 25th-highest single-game total ever. The longest run of his career was a 71-yard run that took place in 2001.
Faulk's trademark was the fact he was the greatest dual-threat RB in the history of the NFL. He is the only RB in the history of the NFL to rack up over 12,000-plus rushing yards and 6,000-plus receiving yards. At one point in his career, he had five straight seasons where he had 80-plus receptions each season. For his career, he ranks 25th all-time on the career receptions list.
For me, Faulk's dominance at both running and catching the ball out of the backfield cement his status among the all-time elite. I rank him as the seventh-best RB in NFL history.
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