NFL’s Greatest Running Backs: Ranking Today’s 10 Best Vs. 10 All-Time Studs

October 1, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Comparing running backs from several different decades is a lot like comparing apples to orange.
The style of play and type of players in today’s NFL is drastically different from the 1970s. Offenses don’t rely on one workhouse like they used to, but running backs today, and even in the 90s, face bigger, faster, and stronger defenses every week.
So any list that anyone puts together is sure to “forget” someone because there isn’t a strict formula to adhere to. There’s only opinions that are based on evidence.
The all-time greats will be based primarily on statistics, and what I’ve seen or heard about these guys. I was born in the late 80s, so I can’t speak about how awesome Tony Dorsett looked on the field. I just don’t know.
I will evaluate current NFL players on past performance, current performance, and potential.
Here I go: ranking the 10 best running backs of the past as compared to today’s stars....

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