Running backs were once the focus of the best offensive teams in the NFL.
If you were going to win games, you needed a running back who was not only capable of making big plays and running for 100 yards in a game, but needed to be able to grind out first downs and punch the ball into the end zone in short-yardage situations.
While there is now a much greater emphasis on the pass, the running game is still vital. Coaches want running backs who can take pressure off the quarterback, and they also want to be able to control time of possession. It's very difficult to do that without a competent running game.
Many of the top running backs in the current game and throughout NFL history were steals who produced remarkable numbers even though they were not top draft picks or they followed a superstar.
Here's our look at the biggest steals at the running back position.