Run Forrest, Run: The Top 10 Running Backs in NFL History: 10-6
This is a list of the 10 greatest running backs in the history of the NFL. It's very hard to compare stats from generation to generation, so this list wasn't that easy to come up with. Feel free to leaves any comments you may have. Give me your top 10 if you'd like. Enjoy! PS, I'm going to do the top five pretty soon!
10. Tony Dorsett
Not only did Tony Dorsett rush for over 12,000 yards for his career, but he did that by rushing for over 1,000 yards in eight of his first nine seasons in the league. He also has the an NFL-record 99-yard touchdown to add to his legacy. I think this may be the most-debated spot on this list. I myself debated this pick for awhile.
9. Marshall Faulk
Marshall Faulk should be a lock to get into Canton next year. He ran for over 12,000 yards and 100 touchdowns in his career, but most impressively, he had over 6,000 receiving yards and caught 36 touchdowns. In 1999, he became only the second player in NFL history to rush and catch for over 1,000 yards each. He also had over 700 receiving yards in four straight seasons. This spot should be heavily debated as well, but I stand by it 100 percent.
8. Paul Hornung
Paul Hornung may not have the stats of other top backs, or even of Hall of Fame teammate Jim Taylor. But he was one of the most versatile players in NFL history. He could truly do it all—rush, catch, block, pass, and even kick. He had the NFL record for total points scored in a season until LT went and scored 31 touchdowns in '06.
7. Eric Dickerson
With four seasons of over 1,600 yards and three over 1,800, including an NFL-record 2,105 in 1984, Eric Dickerson was the ultimate combination of size and speed. He is the perfect example of someone being burnt out and injured from too many carries, but his overall dominance in the '80's is enough to put him at No. 7 on this list.
6. O.J. Simpson
One of the most hated figures in sports, O.J. Simpson, alleged murderer or not, was undoubtedly one of the best running backs to ever play the game. He was the first of only six players to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season and did so in only 14 games. That year may have been the greatest by any player at any position. O.J. is not only sitting in a prison cell right now, but he's sitting at No. 6 on this list. Stay tuned for Nos. 5-1 sometime before the season starts.
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