For the longest time, the Big Ten has been known for physical defensive play and running between the tackles on offense. Often considered the boring conference, the Big Ten sticks to its roots of pounding the football up the middle and playing that sluggish style that grinds out victories.
With this being the case, you would think the Big Ten would have a ton of success producing at the next level. Truthfully, there aren't many great runners who have produced at a high level in the NFL. This may have to do with the wear and tear they suffer in college, or just the lack of great speed that is needed to play with the big boys.
Here are the handful of NFL runners who have made the Big Ten proud.
Note: Runners such as Franco Harris, Ahman Green, Roger Craig, Lydell Mitchell and Curt Warner were not included in this article due to not being officially part of the Big Ten. Penn State was independent at the time and Nebraska was still part of the Big 8 and Big 12.