Running Backs

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.

Walter Payton

Walter Payton set records for carries and rushing touchdowns in his 13 years with the Chicago Bears. Payton is arguably the greatest running back to ever play the game of football. Learn about the legendary NFL running back Walter Payton.

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. He built a reputation for handling ball carriers and receivers roughly. Learn why Lane was a feared opponent.

Hugh McElhenny

Hugh McElhenny was one of only three players to have gained more than 11,000 all-purpose yards. He frequently left defenders dazed with his amazing speed and ability to change direction at will. Learn more about thrill runner Hugh McElhenny.

Marion Motley

Marion Motley amassed 4,720 yards on 828 carries for an astounding 5.7 yards per carry in only nine seasons. He entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968 and was named to the NFL's All-Time Team in 1994.

Bronko Nagurski

Bronko Nagurski symbolized power running and possessed a brute force that has never been matched. He retired in 1938 to become a professional wrestler but later returned to the Bears in 1943. Find out more about powerhouse Bronko Nagurski.

Steve Van Buren

Steve Van Buren grew to be a giant in the game of football. In 1947, he became the second player to rush for over 1000 yards with 1008 total yards. He retired with a record of 5860 rushing yards. Learn more about Steve Van Buren, the great Eagles player.

Franco Harris

Franco Harris led the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl victories. He retired in in 1984 after amassing 12,120 rushing yards, which was ranked third overall at the time. Read about Franco Harris, the NFL's intelligent and agile fullback.

Jim Taylor

Jim Taylor's accomplishments as fullback for Green Bay were unfortunately overshadowed by the hype around Jim Brown. His greatest season came in 1962, when he posted 1474 rushing yards and topped all players.

Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe is considered by many to be one the greatest athletes of the 20th century. He was an Olympic champion, a major-league baseball player, an All-American and All-Pro in football and the first President of the NFL.

Emlen Tunnell

Emlen Tunnell was the first African American in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. At the time of his retirement in 1961, he held the records for interceptions, interception yardage, punt returns and punt return yardage. Learn more about New York Giant Emlen Tunnell.

Ernie Nevers was dubbed "the football player without a fault" by Stanford coach Pop Warner. He was gifted at nearly every task on the football field, including running, passing and kicking. Learn more about the 1920s football hero Ernie Nevers.