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Top ten running backs since 1980

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Last week, I took a look at the top ten quarterbacks of the last thirty years. That made me curious as to who would be my top ten running backs of the last thirty years (pretty much my adult lifetime). I never saw Jim Brown play, but, from all the stories, he would top anyone's list of best running backs of all-time.

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There were some tough omissions from my list. Earl Campbell is the toughest one. My first reaction was he belonged, but I was surprised at how brief his career was. He only had five years in which he rushed for over 1,000 yards. Plus his best years were before 1982. But I really wanted to put him on this list, if, for nothing else, that one jersey-ripping run against the Rams (who is the Ram here?).

Other candidates who barely missed the cut: Jerome Bettis, John Riggins, Terrell Davis, Marcus Allen, Roger Craig, and Tony Dorsett.



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