Some guys are blessed with blazing speed, while others use brute strength to steamroll tacklers. This list focuses on the guys who seem to be dipped in grease from head to toe.
Just to be clear, these names are not necessarily a reflection of the best overall football players or ball-carriers. This list is very focused on a specific talent—the art of slipping out of the arms of the world's most highly-trained tacklers.
Some ball-carriers, like LeSean McCoy and Chris Johnson, are so quick and explosive that they rarely get touched when given a sliver of daylight. Their skills are centered around vision and maneuvering in open space. Naturally, these guys have a ton of value in their own right but will not be showcased in this slideshow.
I’m watching to see what guys do after a tackler gets his hands on them. Do they posses the unique and rare ability to slide and dance their way out of the arms of would-be tacklers?
Bulldozing power backs and guys who rely solely on outrunning defenders are disqualified from this specialized group of escape artists.
To whittle down the list to the best 11 masters of escape, I started off with a list of 60 names generated from research of elusiveness ratings and missed tackles forced, courtesy of ProFootballFocus. Then I narrowed that list of 60 down to the best 11 by watching film of each player, which I used in addition to previous familiarity of the players.