Top Best Five Running Backs In The NFL Today 2011

Top Running Backs 2011
Top Running Backs 2011

NFL's Best Active Running Backs in 2011

For as long as the NFL football games have been played you will find that the best running attacks have relied on a grind it out approach. Ground and Pound as Rex Ryan coach of the New York Jets would say. Pick up three yards here, 4 yards there and pound those final few inches for a first down. To be fearless, durable and determined are all traits this position requires. Though not quite as sassy as the wide receivers of the NFL, don't be surprised at some of the flashy swagger you might see on the field from some of these running backs.

NFL Running Backs

For many teams in the NFL the ideal game is where there is 'a ball controlled offense' that allows for a variety of plays on the ground and in the air. But that mix of plays only works if the running game is sound. So for a running game it is obvious you need a great running back. And the best teams in the NFL have great running backs.

Running Backs in the Game of Football

Running backs linye up a couple of steps behind the quarterback or off to his side. Primarily they run the ball. They may block for the QB on some plays but a great running back you may see them heading down field for a pass and usually it is through heavy traffic Throughout the NFL history, the average offensive running back averages 4.0 YPA. The average NFL team averages 4.0 YPA. Only the occasional big play in a football game separates the average players from the prolific football players such as Barry Sanders or, today, such as Chris Johnson or Adrian Peterson.

LaDainian Tomlinson #21 New York Jets

LaDainian Tomlinson

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LaDainian Tomlinson runs for 133 yards and two scores as the New York Jets roll the Buffalo Bills, 38-14. Sunday, October 3rd photoNew York Jets' LaDainian Tomlinson, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010LaDainian Tomlinson, left, and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis Monday, Sept. 13, 2010
LaDainian Tomlinson runs for 133 yards and two scores as the New York Jets roll the Buffalo Bills, 38-14. Sunday, October 3rd 2010
LaDainian Tomlinson runs for 133 yards and two scores as the New York Jets roll the Buffalo Bills, 38-14. Sunday, October 3rd 2010 photo photo
New York Jets' LaDainian Tomlinson, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010
New York Jets' LaDainian Tomlinson, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010
LaDainian Tomlinson, left, and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis Monday, Sept. 13, 2010
LaDainian Tomlinson, left, and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis Monday, Sept. 13, 2010

Here I Come New York

NFL NY Jets - LaDainian Tomlinson #21
NFL NY Jets - LaDainian Tomlinson #21

LaDanian Tomlinson

Tomlinson signed with the New York Jets on March 14, 2010. He holds the N.F.L. record with 31 touchdowns in a season. Some say that last year after the worst season of his career, he is washed up (he will turn 31 this June). The first nine years of his NFL career he played for the San Diego Chargers, where as a tailback he displayed the ability to break a big run and can be a force in a third down situation with sure hands and impressive route running.

As a running back for the Jets, we will see LT play as a backup to Shonn Greene, suited up in a green and white uniform, he will have the chance to run behind what may be the N.F.L.’s best offensive line. He will be reunited with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who was a Chargers assistant for four years when Tomlinson was there. The NY Jets, who embrace a “ground and pound” philosophy may be just the extra push Gang Green needs to go all the way this season.

The Jets give Tomlinson something, too . . . a chance to win a Super Bowl, the only missing piece on his résumé.

Nov 7, 2010 Update

Tomlinson joins Payton in exclusive yardage club

The New York Jets running back joined Walter Payton as the only players in NFL history to gain 13,000 yards rushing and 4,000 yards receiving. Tomlinson, the seventh-leading rusher in league history, reached the milestone with an 8-yard run during the second quarter of Sunday Oct 31, 2010 9-0 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

The New York Jets emphasize running the ball first, its a ground and pound game and that's what LaDanian does; he's a good runner. There's a reason why he has a possibility to be one of the best running backs to ever play the game.

LaDainian Tomlinson

Career Highlights and Awards

  • College awards and honors
  • 5× Pro Bowl selection
  • 4× First-team All-Pro selection
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro
  • AP NFL MVP (2006)
  • PFWA NFL MVP (2006)
  • Co-Walter Payton M.O.Y (2006)
  • Best NFL Player ESPY Award (2007)
  • Best Male Athlete ESPY Award (2007)
  • NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
  • List of NFL records

LaDainian Tomlinson


  • Date of birth: June 23, 1979
  • Place of birth: Rosebud, Texas
  • Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
  • Weight: 221 lb (100 kg)
  • College: Texas Christian NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
  • Debuted: 2001 for the San Diego Chargers

Career History

Roster status: Active

Ladanian Tomilson

Career NFL

Statistics as of 2011

  • Rushing yards 13,404
    Rushing average 4.3
    Rushing TDs 144
    Receptions 588
    Receiving yards 4,396
    Receiving TDs 15

Stats at

LT Retires

He retired in the Spring of 2012, after 11 NFL seasons, 170 games, 3,174 carries and 13,684 rushing yards.

His alma mater, TCU, honored him Thursday October 4, 2012, inducting him into the Letterman's Association Hall of Fame.

"On my journey, there are different stages. There's high school. There's college. There's the professional level. I feel like I made my mark on every part of the journey. I think this is icing on the cake of the things that we built while we were here at TCU. ...This is an honor."

He will be a candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017.

Steven Jackson #39 St. Louis Rams


St. Louis Rams Running Back Steven Jackson (photo-
St. Louis Rams Running Back Steven Jackson (photo-

Steven Jackson

"Imagine the blinding speed of Tony Dorsett, the bone-crushing power of Earl Campbell, the ankle-breaking vision and jukes of Barry Sanders, and the backfield pass-catching of Marshall Faulk -- all in one muscle-packed 6'2", 235-pound frame -- and you begin to get a picture of the St. Louis Rams' running back No. 39."¹

I Am²
by Steven Jackson (age 10)
I am a NFL running back
I wonder if I will be great
I hear the crowd cheer
I see me scoring a touchdown
I want a Super Bowl ring
I pretend I'm a great running back
I feel like I'm a star
I touch the first place trophy
I worry we won't win
I cry if I fell
I am a NFL running back
I understand some will [be] greater
I say what I mean
I dream to be the greatest
I try to be the best
I hope I'll be remembered as one of the greatest
I am a NFL running back.

Quite an amazing poem coming from a 10 year old. It shows the attitude and how powerful dreaming and believing is.

"SUPERSTAR, COMMUNITY LEADER, AND EMERGING ICON, Steven Jackson is redefining the modern day running back, one punishing carry at a time." ³

*¹˜³ Official Steven Jackson website

Steven Jackson

SJ#39 Career Highlights and Awards

  • Las Vegas Bowl MVP (2003)
  • 2× Pro Bowl selection (2006, 2009)
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro selection (2006, 2009)

Steven Jackson

Career NFL Statistics

Rushing yards 8,004

Rushing average 4.3

Rushing TDs 48

Stats at

Steven Jackson

Date of birth: July 22, 1983

Place of birth: Las Vegas, Nevada

Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 236 lb (107 kg)

College: Oregon State

NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24

Debuted: 2004 for the St. Louis Rams

Career History

Roster status: Active

Chris Johnson #28 Running Back Tennesee Titans

Chris Johnson

Tennesee Titans Running Back
Tennesee Titans Running Back

Tennessee Titans CJ

Chris Johnson probably considered the fastest man in pro football today because he just was was uncatchable in setting a league mark for yards from scrimmage (2,509) and becoming the sixth player with a 2,000-yard rushing season.

As running backs goes, he is the first NFL player to finish with at least 2,000 yards rushing and 500 receiving (503).

That earned the second-year pro 38 1/2 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the NFL. Hard to believe but Chris Johnson easily beat New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, who received nine votes.

"That gives me something to look forward to next year," Johnson had said before focusing on Dickerson's mark. "You go for 2,000 yards. I don't know what you can really say that makes you want to work harder or anything like that, so it's kind of a good thing and a bad thing me not getting the record."

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson - Video Highlights

Career Highlights and Awards

  • C-USA All-Freshman (2004)
  • 2× First team All-Conf. USA (2006, 2007)
  • All-Iron Award (2008)
  • 2× Pro Bowl selection (2008, 2009)
  • 1× First-team All-Pro selection (2009)
  • 2,000 rushing yard season (2009)
  • NFL record for scrimmage yards in a season (2009)
  • NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2009)

Chris Johnson


Date of birth: September 23, 1985

Place of birth: Orlando, Florida

Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)

College: East Carolina

NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24

Debuted: 2008 for the

Career History

Tennessee Titans Tennessee Titans (2008–present)

Roster status: Active

Career NFL Statistics

As of Week 17, 2009

  • Rushing TDs 23
  • Receptions 93
  • Receiving yards 763
  • Receiving TDs 3

Stats at

Adrian Peterson #28 Running Back Minnesota Vikings

Adrian Peterson

Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian "All Day" Peterson taking it to the house! photo
Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian "All Day" Peterson taking it to the house! photo

Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson

They call him All Day. And it is because he is the running back that you want to go to all day long, especially when you are in a 3rd and 4 situation, when you you desperately need a 1st Down because you want to take the game into your winning column. Give it to Adrian Peterson and that is what he will bring you. Or watch him in the 1st quarter break free and take it to the house from 60 yards out.

Just think, even with everything that he’s been able to accomplish in 2 seasons, he’s never had a legitimate starting quarterback to help open up the field. If there was even a threat of a pass, just imagine the statistics he’d be capable of producing. And lets not forget that Adrian Peterson is a very worthy hunk of the gridiron, a sexy butt added to all this great football player has to offer. Add all this up and it is the formula for one great running back.


Adrian Peterson is 4th player in NFL history with 8,500+ rush yards & 75+ rush TD in his 1st 6 seasons (L Tomlinson, E Smith, E Dickerson).

Adrian Peterson

All Day

Adrian Peterson Autographed Minnesota Vikings 810 Photo
Adrian Peterson Autographed Minnesota Vikings 810 Photo

Career NFL Statistics

Adrian Peterson

As of Week 17, 2009

  • Attempts 915 Rushing yards 4,484
  • Rushing Average yards 4.9
  • Rushing TDs 40
  • Receptions 83
  • Receiving yards 829

Stats at

Adrian Peterson

Minnesota Vikings #28 RB

Date of birth: March 21, 1985

Place of birth: Palenstine, Texas

Height: 6-1 Weight: 217 Age: 25

College: Oklahoma

NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7

Debuted: 2007 for the Minnesota Vikings

Experience: 4th season

Adrian Peterson Career Highlights and Awards

  • Hall Trophy (2003)
  • ESPN RISE High School Football Player of the Decade (2000s)[1]
  • College awards and honors
  • AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (2007)
  • 3× Pro Bowl selection (2007, 2008, 2009)
  • 2× First Team All-Pro selection (2008, 2009)
  • 1× Second Team All-Pro selections (2007)
  • Pro Bowl MVP (2008)
  • NFL awards
  • NFL records
  • Bert Bell Award (2008)

Marion Barber #24 Running Back Chicago Bears

Marion the Barbarian

2011 Marion is now a Bear
2011 Marion is now a Bear

Marion Sylvester Barber III

Marion Barber doesn’t mask his emotions on the football field. He always has a serious demeanor and at all times looks mad. In fact he plays mad. And when defenders attempt to tackle this power runner, they are the ones who end up mad at the end of the collision.
Marion “the Barbarion” Barber used to help the Dallas Cowboys’ offense grind down the clock and maintain ball possession. With defenses worried about stopping the run, this leaves the window wide open for Tony Romo and the Cowboys’ prolific passing attack.

Perhaps the only knock in this running backs game comes from his lack of speed, but Barber still has enough turbo in the tank to make his dreads fly out in the open field.

He is the older brother of Houston Texans safety Dominique Barber and the son of former New York Jets running back Marion Barber, Jr..

2011 Update

The Dallas Cowboys struggled and had an extremely disappointing 2010 season as the entire Cowboys team struggled from game one. Marion stats were not so great as In 13 games he rushed for 480 yards on 113 carries for a 3.3 yard per carry average, the lowest of his career. His 4 rushing touchdowns were also the lowest of his career.

Chicago Bears

Barber was released by Dallas on July 28, 2011.and on July 30, 2011, the Chicago_Bears signed Barber to a two-year, $5 million contract where he is currently trying to beat out Chester Taylor for the Bears 2nd string Running Back.

Marion Barber

Marion Barber Video Highlights

Marion Barber Career

Highlights and Awards

Career highlights and awards

  • Music City Bowl MVP (2004)
  • Pro Bowl selection (2007)

Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009

  • Rushing yards 3,984 Rushing average 4.3
  • Rushing TDs 43

Stats at

Marion Barber

Date of birth: June 10, 1983

Place of birth: Plymouth, Minnesota

Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 222 lb (101 kg)

College: Minnesota

NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 4 / Pick: 109

Debuted: 2005 for the Dallas Cowboys

NFL Experience: 5th year

NFL Statistics:


715 carries, 3,052 yards (4.3 yards/carry), 36 TDs, 137 receptions, 1,010 yards, 6 TDs.

  • 2008: 238 carries, 885 yards (3.7 yards/carry), 7 TDs, 52 receptions, 417 yards, 2 TDs.
  • 2007: 204 carries, 975 yards (4.8 yards/carry), 10 TDs, 44 receptions, 282 yards, 2 TDs.

Career-high 14 TDs in 2006.

Marion the Barbarian

From the Words of

Football Player Marion Barber

Motto: Hit or get hit

Tattoos: Six

Funniest Teammate: Tashard Choice, RB

Best offensive player I’ve ever played with: My O-Line

Closest friends in NFL: Laurence Maroney, Sidney Rice and my teammates

Favorite Food: Collard greens

Favorite Movie: “Harlem Nights” with Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor. It’s a classic.

What in your iPod? Twista, 2Pac, Gospel. I listen to everything but I can’t do country.

What do you do before a game? Tune out and listen to music.

What’s better; scoring a touchdown or delivering a crushing block?
Delivering a block. That’s what I like to do.

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MJD of the Jaguars
MJD of the Jaguars

MJD - Jacksonville Jaguars

Maurice Christopher Jones-Drew[1]  (born March 23, 1985 in Oakland, California) is a current American football running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Maurice Christopher Jones-Drew[1] (born March 23, 1985 in Oakland, California) is a current American football running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars

Maurice Jones Drew

Pint-sized Maurice Jones-Drew is one-half of the Jaguars' potent running back tandem.
Pint-sized Maurice Jones-Drew is one-half of the Jaguars' potent running back tandem.
 Photo -Sam Greenwood/Getty Images
Photo -Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Maurice Jones Drew

Jacksonville Jaguars


By popular demand and my mistake from the start this list of the best running backs must include Maurice Jones Drew. MJD is a football player that is determined and utterly committed to winning. Maurice Jones Drew does it all, he runs, he blocks, he catches, and he returns kicks while at the same time dispelling the myth that smaller players (he's 5' 7”) can't make it in the pros.

As a second-round pick out of UCLA in 2006, the diminutive Jones-Drew was supposed to be little more than a third-down back. You can argue with the stats for he has 45 career touchdowns and an average of nearly five yards. He has 3,270 career rushing yards and 178 catches for 1,606 yards and four touchdowns.

Not only is Jones-Drew one of the NFL’s premier players at his position, he’s one of the league’s top trash-talkers. MJD is definitely fun to watch and in the past three seasons, Jones-Drew has become a one-man show and double-trouble for opponents as a runner and pass receiver.

Career Highlights

  • NCAA Season Record
    Punt return average
  • Jacksonville Jaguars Record: All-Purpose
    Yards in a Single Game (Week 14, '06 season)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars Record: Single Season All-Purpose Yards (2,250 yards, 2006 season)
  • 2nd Place, AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.
  • 1x Pro Bowl selection (2009)
  • 1x Second-team All-Pro (2009)

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Best Running Back Comments 68 comments

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sportyfunster 6 years ago from Canada

Hey great article...too bad Adrian Peterson has the case of the fumblitis.

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

sportyfunster - he is still great. . maybe the vikings should order him some stickems! It worked for Braylon Edwards in the last couple of games the Jets played last season;)

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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Peterson if he caught them all - could you imagine? wow!

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

billy - whatever the case is I am not a viking fan .. but I sure am a Adrian Peterson fan .. great althele and a hot hunk all in one. .what more could a girl want! I say look out for Steven Jackson this year. .if he stays healthy. . hmmmm

as always thanks for the visit!

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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

Shari, another wonderful football hub. I enjoy them. They give me a temporary fix while struggling through the off season. Can't wait for September.

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

sam - you and me both! Though I love this time of year in NY , and dread the winters . .I miss my Sunday game day . . and Mon and Thursday nights!! Then I spend the rest of the week summarizing all the games . . maybe this coming season we can huddle up together and make a hub series out of it . . Im not sure if you have yet. .but if you look at my collection check out my weeky's from last season and let me know what you think....

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Drew Breezzy 6 years ago from somewhere in my mind

Steven Jackson is the greatest. But Barber over MJD? wtf

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

lololol oh Drew Breezzy - so funny you make me just crack up and I am not kidding . right off the top of my head . . I was positive about the first 4 .. absolutely undeniably. . and then when i went to pick the 5th. . I stumbled and headed over to twitter. . looking for you, shyne, YankeesGod2722 or SportingDude. . not one of you was around. . I knew you would tell me MJD and I almost almost did him . .but then well i do have a special place in my heart for the boys so I choice him .. MJD was a consideration but the Jags pissed me off at the end of last season . so voila .. this is my list ;))))

So ya think that Jackson will have a team to play with this year and actually win a few?? Im betting on Spags . they just may do Jackson some justice!

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ryan8247 6 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

I think Chris Johnson is slightly better than Adrian Peterson. Peterson needs to learn how to hold on to the ball. Plus I would really like to see Chris Johnson and Usain Bolt go head to head. Check out some of my hubs man I liked yours.

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

ryan8247 - CJ is something I have to agree .. I think what Peterson needs sometimes is what they used in the olden days. . Stickums!! Thanks for stopping by and you can be sure I will be around to check out some of you Hubs!

moola mike 6 years ago

why is marion barber on this list he has not accomplished anything wheres maurice jones drew or micheal turner or even frank gore people with real careers and who really put in work statistly and as players

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drej2522 6 years ago from Augusta, GA

Hmm...yes, I agree with most of your picks here, Shari. Although, I will say that LT is a biased pick all the way! :P

As for the Maurice Jones-Drew debate...I'm going to have to side with Drew Breezzy here. I mean, Barber, really? (you Cowboy sympathizer).

Honestly, I say watch out for Chester Taylor. Although Chicago seems to have this curse for taking talent and flushing them down the tubes, I have a feeling Taylor is ready to explode. Had it not been for Peterson, Taylor would have been a top 10 back...perhaps top 5. (shrugs) We will see.

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Gemineye 6 years ago

Being a diehard Vikings fan - I love seeing AP high on your list. I truly hope he gets his fumbling problems cleaned up. It's only June, and I am already wishing for Sept 9th.

Great hub.

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

~ drej2522- how I love when you speak your wisdom of football. Point well taken from both you and Drew. . but you know me by now and I am glad to see you understand how it works for me;) Chester Taylor is now on my radar and I am so looking forward to the season to see if the Bears can do something. . I cant really agree that there is a curse. . some of the greats of the game have worn Bears uniform. . Payton, Sayers I cant name them all but there are 26 Bears in the Hall of Fame;) But one thing I can say is .. so nice to see you here:))))))

~ Gemineye - glad to see a Viking fan around here ;) And I cant agree with you more. . I am counting the days till kickoff!! Thanks for stopping by . always great to meet a sports fan:)

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1kmjs 6 years ago from Iowa

Seeing that this is a current listing, please take LT and Marion Barber off and replace them with Frank Gore and Maurice Jones Drew. This list hurts me to read. Im not trying to be mean, but someone needs to be honest and stick up for the real talent of the NFL.

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

1kmjs - LT is not coming off :) nor is Marion I do believe they both are going to have a great 2010 season, if they dont I will reconsider:) MJD now he is one I do need to include. Frank Gore eh!! Like I said lets see how the season goes and then regroup!!

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Michael Willis 6 years ago from Arkansas

Another great hub! I enjoyed reading this one and the very informative stats. Looking forward to a great NFL Football 2010-2011 season.

blood bank moola 6 years ago

marion barber is garbage why isnt ray rice, maurice jones drew, or frank gore on this list

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Michael - I am counting the seconds till the season begins. . .at least we can have some fun in the coming days with training camp starting up :) Looks the Cowboys are shaping up to have a winning season . ..but NY will for sure (not saying which one) will give your Boys a good run:)))

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

blood bank moola - take another look and you will see MJD has been added!

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BRANCH66 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

I like this Hub! Great Writng! Keep It 100!

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Branch66- stay tuned the NFL is just about one of my most favorite topics .. :) thanks for stopping by!

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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

Hey Shari, very nicely written and presented hub on the running backs. Football really is your specialty, that's for sure. :) Great read. :)

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FrankESports 6 years ago from Orlando, Florida

I agree on not liking Barber. Cedric Benson tops him in my book.

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Cags - you know my heart is in the game of inches and this here hub shows you why running backs are my favorite position!

Frank E - Benson is good - but he didnt make it sorry , maybe i need to do an addendum !

jordan 6 years ago

best running backs in nfl is 1.cris johnson2.a peterson3.maurice jones drew4.ray rice5.ladanian tomlinson6.steven jackson

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

jordan - i like your list of the best running backs - DO you think that CJ go another 2000 yards?

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Paul Grenada 6 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

Marion Barber cant be on that list. Not when he's the third best back on his team. Tashard Choice doesn't get more carries simply because he doesn't have the highlights that Barber can generate.

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

well when he becomes Marion Barber maybe he too can be the go to man so that he makes the sports highlights!!! Always happy to have a new and fresh opinion around Hubpages! Thanks for coming by and checking out the top running backs! profile image 6 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

You got to be kidding! Marion Barber ?

I can think of a bunch of teams that have 2 backs better than Barber! Like Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown in Miami!

JESSIE 6 years ago

LaDainian tomlinson is the best runninf back in the NFL and it will stay like that in tell he leave's maurice jones drew will take over people that love LADainian Tomlinson will go were he go's i do not like the jets but watch there game's because tomlinson is there and i just what him to do good were ever he go's

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

jersey4kids - glad you are not shy to speak your mind. Best part about talking football is we each have our own opinions of who and what is best! Anyway you cut it, running backs in the NFL are my favorite players.

Max 6 years ago

An amateur's take on the RB's for sure. LT hasn't been a top "RB" in a few years. The Marion Barber take makes me think you are a Dallas fan since it was a big stretch to even have him on this board. And having MJD at the bottom below Barber was the worst take I have ever read.

Take a look at the top RBs taken in the 2010 fantasy drafts, and then compare it to this list just to see how far off you were.

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dev4life 6 years ago from Anywhere, USA

L.T. is good running back but he is on the decline. I am Dallas Cowboys' fans but not sure if Barber is in Top 5 in the league. I agree Steven Jackson, Adrian Peterson, and Maurice Jones Drew belong on the list. I guess the way I look at they are some slim pickings for good running backs in the league. Running backs are asked to do so much more than run and if running and pass catching is a part of criteria for good running back then list would include a player Reggie Bush. I know Bush does not get enough carries like the running back mentioned on your list; however he is effective. Ray Rice, and Carolina Panthers backfield of Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams are good also. Overall, I would only argue about two your picks. I like L.T. and he is Hall Famer but he have not played at the level of greatness in about three years. This was a good article.

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

@dev4life - totally appreciate your comment. Top ten lists especially in football always make for great conversations. As far as LT. . you gotta give the man some serious love for running up the middle for so many years. HOF. . you bet he will be wearing one of those yellow jackets. And Reggie, poor guy sitting this season on the sideline with a broken leg!! Feel free to stop by anytime . really enjoyed seeing your comment!

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Fenixfan 6 years ago from Mississippi

Love it. Glad someone still give LT credit. Even though his last season wasn't as productive as previous years, there's no doubt he still has a lot of tread on them tires.

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Fenisxfan - I hope the game against the Dolphins was the start of a great season to come for LT2 . .. ground and pound baby!!

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acanderson24 6 years ago

My friend!! Hey this is a good hub...of course everyone has their pick of who the top five it is good to see everyone weigh in on this. LT, a true "work horse". It is amazing how quickly people can write you off. Chris Johnson, blazing speed, just a tremendous talent. "AD"...Adrian Peterson, although I am not a Vikings fan, I love this kid. The fumbles, ehh, they can be corrected. Needs to whole the ball higher and tighter.(Ahhmm I might just know a little about But his fumbles usually come with him trying to do the extra...Ahhmm Marion Barber? Well, I am a Cowboys fan. I can see where some may question his position on the list, but the list is about right now (before this season)....not too many other backs can control the clock like he can late in a game. Maurice Jones Drew...ok, he is exciting to watch....Last week, I watched some old videos of "the greatest show on turf", the Rams with Marshall, they were so exciting.....enough babbling your article!! I mentioned Marshall Faulk because I have a hot article coming up soon....(wink)....

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acanderson24 6 years ago

Oh...I could never forgive myself for not talking about Steven Jackson!! You hit it on the head with the type of package he is....Just may never know how good he really is playing for the Rams. Oh yeah, do you know what Adrian Peterson worked on mainly in the off season? Speed. He said he wants to be a lot know he should have been working on "anti-fumbling"

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

acanderson - Ha I heard Adrian placed a huge order for stickems during the off season. . i think he may even be wearing them. I am not a Viking lover but I sure do love me some Adrian. Of course this season is the season of the vintage running back. LT is just amazing, how lucky i feel to be a NY Jet fan and having him to cheer for, LaDainian Tomilson has never looked better!

Thanks for coming by and leaving me such great comments!

patriotsr1 6 years ago

where is frank gore ,deanglo williams and jonathan stewart.marion barber seiously.

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

and I take it patriotsr1 you area Pats fan?

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zatchj62 6 years ago from Michigan

There is six here? I hope included Marion Barber to show what a top 5 RB SHOULDN'T be like :). LT is great, but if you took the best and most productive right now he is out (Homer pick maybe?). My order--from #1-#5--AD, CJ2K, MJD, and the next 2 spots are either R Rice, Franky G, S-Jax.

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

zatchj62 - LOL six here, guess I cant count. . but one thing I know is for sure is that LaDainian Tomlinson is on this list and deservedly so! Hall of Fame here he comes, but first stop SUPERBOWL 2010. You know. . the motto .. Play Like a Jet, and my man LT is defining that one :)

Dustin Tutt 6 years ago

I say jamaal charles is the best running back in the nfl have a 6.1 ypc average with over 800 yards and being 8th i think in the league hed be leading the pack if he had more carries because every other running back ahead of him is in the 4 ypc. the only other rusher whos in the nfl who has a better ypc is michael vick

andrew 6 years ago

what about deshan maccou

Jamaal25charles 6 years ago

Jamaal Charles is way better than Marion barber

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Tammy L 6 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

Great hub. I'm not going to argue whether Marion Barber should be on this list, but I will say he was the best the Cowboys had when Barber was in his prime.

joe 6 years ago

oh jones-drew is by far the best back i this leage. cj is just fast and only breaks tackles when he's rnning 25 mph. peterson fumbles a lot and is overrated when talking abot his power. jones-drew is the best i'm not a jaguar fan so this isnt a homer pick but whenever i see him on tv, whether he s playing my beloved colts or what have yo the guy rns like he is mad at the grass

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Tammy = thanks for your comments. Barber is a good one cant deny it!

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

joe - I really cant disagree with you As Maurice Jones Drew is all that and more. A great running back indeed!

shafqatdsfdsg 6 years ago

Don't beat up on yourself-- you got OK State Arizona right. Even though statistically AZ did make it a game as I thought they would-- they got many stops against the State offense and they moved the ball very well themselves--no way I could have predicted 4 frigging turnovers, starting with a muffed punt return and an interception for TD in the first 5 minutes of the game!

Scott Mason 6 years ago

no, barber is bad









person 6 years ago

AP is way better than marion barber all he needed was not to fumble last year. now he doesn't.

Vraskey 6 years ago

M barber and lt?

Cmon top five in 2010

J Charles, a foster, mjdrew,cjohnson,apeterson

Steven Jackson has a terribly low ypc avg ..

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AskAshlie3433 6 years ago from WEST VIRGINIA

This is a awesome hub Wave! All the detail, that's cool. I just think the knowledge and love of the game of football you have is way to cool. You are a gifted person Wave. I have always enjoyed your post in the sports forum. You have always had good discussions. I am honored to follow such a great sport hubber. And all the detail, this hub is amazing, I love the pics. It should be a 100. Stay in touch Wave and best wishes my friend.

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Thank you Ashlie, I am glad that my love of the NFL shines through. We are 3 weeks away from the Super Bowl and may the football gods be listening as I cheer my team on! :) You have become a welcome breathe of fresh air around the sports forum here on Hubpages!

Theman221122 5 years ago

What about Payton hills the best fantasy running back of the year

80sfootball 5 years ago

Nice list. Here are the top 5 running backs from the 1980's:

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TheSportsSatirist 5 years ago from USA

Would you still place LaDanian Tomlinson on this list if he was playing for San Diego?

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wavegirl22 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

TheSportsSatirist - you know it. LT is the man. Hes got great heart and a running back on his way to the HOF ..

WallaceFan17 5 years ago

I'm a Steelers fan and i think that Rashard Mendenhall should be in the top ten since he is hard to keep up with once he's going he's gone.

joshrandal 5 years ago

I know a lot of sports fans look down on cleveland,but they have an excellent back in number 40 Hillis. Hillis has it all, speed power, and the leap of a NBA star. That is one running back that should definitely be considered in the 1-10 spot.

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wavegirl22 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

WallaceFan17 -Ill keep Mendenhall in mind but so far as far as my eyes see it he isn't making the list for 2011!

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wavegirl22 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

joshrandal -With the hanstring issue Peyton Hillis is having I sure hope for his sake it heals fast. Cleveland had a nice win yesterday agains the Seahawks even without him.

RMasta 5 years ago

where is matt forte

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Whimsical Chair 5 years ago

I read the intro to check out what is required to make on your list. I just want to make sure, all is needed is to get yards when you're needed. How about being reliable, durable, and know the game? I saw Marion Barber when the Bears played at Denver in 2011. Ouch!!

Ladianian Tomlinson may retire. That stinks for me.

nitro exsplosion 4 years ago

No one in NFL history was faster than myself guess who I am???

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