The best running backs of all time will always be the ones who break the NFL’s records. There
are plenty of great runners, but these 10 are the most accomplished. Each one of them has their
own merits, so you should be able to find the best running back for your team. If you aren’t sure
who the greatest is, you can always consider the runner who broke the most records.
Emmitt Smith was a legend who played in the NFL for 13 seasons. He rushed for over 4.0 yards
per carry and was a dynamic receiver. He racked up more than 13,000 all-purpose yards and 80
total touchdowns, and was drafted in the fifth round. While his stats might not be as impressive
as some of his peers, he dominated in different areas. In addition to being one of the best
running backs of all time, he was also one of the most prolific wide receivers.
In the NFL, Dickerson was a true dual-threat, earning a spot among the best running backs of all
time. As the first player in NFL history to notch 1,000-yard rushing and receiving yards in the
same season, Craig became the best dual-threat running back of all time. His record of 1,030
yards per carry is still the most in the league. His career also included a memorable play as a
The legendary Roger Craig is another great running back, with more than a thousand yards
rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in the same season. His ability to catch the ball and turn it into
a touchdown is what set him apart from his contemporaries. In addition to the record-setting
rushing and receiving yards, Craig was the first in NFL history to run for two thousand yards in
the same season. He is the best dual-threat running back of all time.
Earl Campbell: The second-best running back of all time, Campbell was a two-time All-American
at the University of Texas. He was the first player in NFL history to rush for more than one
thousand yards in a single season and to score at least four touchdowns in a single game.
Besides being the most prolific, Campbell also holds multiple records. Including his outstanding
receiving ability, his passing and catching skills made him a valuable player.
Roger Craig: The greatest dual-threat running back of all time is Roger Craig. He was the first
NFL player to gain 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in the same season. He is
considered the best dual-threat runner of all time. However, he is the most underrated of all the
great runningbacks of all times. The list includes other great running backs in football history.
Roger Craig: This dual-threat runner was the first NFL player to reach 1,000 rushing and
receiving yards in the same season. He dominated the NFL for six seasons and ranked third in
the league in receiving yards. The NFL has a hard time defining the best running backs.
Nonetheless, if you have to pick the top players, the most successful running backs are the ones
who stand out in the ranks of all-time.
Emmitt Smith: The New England Patriots’ star was not known for his flashy moves or flashy
stance, but he had good vision and made up for it with his toughness. He finished his career with
nine touchdowns and a record-breaking 82 rushing yards. Unlike most other players, Smith had
a lot of success in his NFL career. He is the best running back in the NFL’s history, and his
career has earned him the title of “Greatest Player of All Time.”
Steve Smith was a great running back. He had great vision and a powerful leg. He also had
excellent vision. He never looked back and was the most consistent player of all time. Aside from
being one of the best running-backs of all time, he was also the most physically gifted. He was
far more athletic than LeBron James, but had good strength and explosiveness. He was very
flexible and had the ability to slice through tacklers