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NFL Running Backs garner the most hits and the most yards of any player. Some running backs are bruisers like Earl Campbell and Franco Harris, while others are quick and elusive like Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith.

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Gale Sayers

Gale Sayers, at 34, was the youngest player ever to be named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, nagging injuries began to take their toll, and Sayers decided to retire in 1972. Learn about Gale Sayers, the 1977 inductee.


Dick Lane

 Dick Lane

Dick Lane set the all-time interception record with 14 in a 12-game season, which no one has topped even in a 16-game schedule. Learn about Dick Lane. See more »

Hugh McElhenny

 Hugh McElhenny

Hugh McElhenny was one of only three players to have gained more than 11,000 all-purpose yards. Learn more about thrill runner Hugh McElhenny. See more »

Marion Motley

 Marion Motley

Marion Motley amassed 4,720 yards on 828 carries for an astounding 5.7 yards per carry in only nine seasons. Find out more about Marion Motley. See more »

Bronko Nagurski

 Bronko Nagurski

Bronko Nagurski symbolized power running and possessed a brute force that has never been matched. Find out more about powerhouse Bronko Nagurski. See more »

Steve Van Buren

 Steve Van Buren

Steve Van Buren grew to be a giant in the game of football. Learn more about Van Buren, a great Eagles player. See more »

Franco Harris

 Franco Harris

Franco Harris led the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl victories. Read about Franco Harris, the NFL's intelligent and agile fullback. See more »

Jim Taylor

 Jim Taylor

Jim Taylor's accomplishments as fullback for Green Bay were unfortunately overshadowed by the hype around Jim Brown. Learn more about Jim Taylor. See more »

Jim Thorpe

 Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe, the first president of the NFL, is considered by some to be the greatest athlete of the 20th century. Learn more about Jim Thorpe. See more »

Emlen Tunnell

 Emlen Tunnell

Emlen Tunnell, the first African American in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, started out with the New York Giants as a complete unknown. Learn more. See more »

 Ernie Nevers

Ernie Nevers was dubbed "the football player without a fault" by Stanford coach Pop Warner. Learn more about the 1920's football hero Ernie Nevers. See more »