Vote + to improve this toplist's ranking
Report Abuse

20 Top Running Backs of the 1970s

21 items ranked

Rushing through the '70s.

Rated 6 points - posted 8 years ago by plink in category Sports.
Click on up and down arrows to affect item's ranking
Visit our Sports forum



1.

Vote + to improve this item's ranking
Vote - to decrease this item's ranking
Walter Payton Report Abuse
"Sweetness" was by all accounts the greatest RB to ever play. Pro Bowls every year of his career (6 in the 70s), MVP of 1977 and consistently was the highest or second highest rusher each season.
107 points - added 8 years ago by plink - 3 comments
Comments:
Graceful... Thoroughbread Running Back! The greatest in my eyes!
Added 5 years ago by guest, 4 points Vote + to improve this comment's ranking Vote - to decrease this comment's ranking
Beast
Added 5 years ago by guest, 2 points Vote + to improve this comment's ranking Vote - to decrease this comment's ranking
RIP, Mr. Payton ... you were the best!
Added 8 years ago by guest, 2 points Vote + to improve this comment's ranking Vote - to decrease this comment's ranking

2.

Vote + to improve this item's ranking
Vote - to decrease this item's ranking
Earl Campbell Report Abuse
Speed and power made him an offensive player of the year and MVP. Led the NFL in rushing in 78, 79, and 80.
101 points - added 8 years ago by plink - 2 comments
Comments:
Best power runner EVER! #earl_campbell/no.1
Added 5 years ago by guest, 1 point Vote + to improve this comment's ranking Vote - to decrease this comment's ranking
A maninal!!! Part man,part animal!!! He was a beast! Bulldozing people over like a bowlin pins!!
Added 6 years ago by guest, -1 points Vote + to improve this comment's ranking Vote - to decrease this comment's ranking

3.

Vote + to improve this item's ranking
Vote - to decrease this item's ranking
Franco Harris Report Abuse
9 Pro Bowls (every Pro Bowl from '72-80), 4 Super Bowl wins, Super Bowl MVP, and the immaculate reception...
76 points - added 8 years ago by plink - 3 comments
Comments:
heart and soul player for the steelers
Added 6 years ago by guest, 1 point Vote + to improve this comment's ranking Vote - to decrease this comment's ranking
Greatest team of all times
Added 6 years ago by guest, 1 point Vote + to improve this comment's ranking Vote - to decrease this comment's ranking
The work horse for the best team of the decade!
Added 8 years ago by guest, 1 point Vote + to improve this comment's ranking Vote - to decrease this comment's ranking

4.

Vote + to improve this item's ranking
Vote - to decrease this item's ranking
JOHN RIGGINS Report Abuse
WHAT PLANET ARE YU ALL FROM
38 points - added 5 years ago by guest - 1 comment
Comments:
Riggins carried the redskins to greatness
Added 2 years ago by guest, 0 points Vote + to improve this comment's ranking Vote - to decrease this comment's ranking

5.

Vote + to improve this item's ranking
Vote - to decrease this item's ranking
O.J. Simpson Report Abuse
5 Pro Bowls, MVP, and was the NFL leading rusher for 4 seasons, including going for over 2,000 yards in '73.
37 points - added 8 years ago by plink - 2 comments
Comments:
Of the top 5 on this list nobody was better than OJ
Added 2 years ago by guest, 2 points Vote + to improve this comment's ranking Vote - to decrease this comment's ranking
Oj was one of the best, first to get 2000 yds, give it to him despite the trouble he been in, he got my vote
Added 6 years ago by guest, 1 point Vote + to improve this comment's ranking Vote - to decrease this comment's ranking

6.

Vote + to improve this item's ranking
Vote - to decrease this item's ranking
Larry Csonka Report Abuse
Back to back Super Bowl Wins (VII, VIII), Super Bowl MVP, 5 Pro Bowls, and NFL Comeback Player of the Year in '79.
24 points - added 8 years ago by plink - 1 comment
Comments:
The Zonk was the bomb! He was once penalized for unnecessary roughness on a DEF player!!! No one tougher
Added 5 years ago by guest, 0 points Vote + to improve this comment's ranking Vote - to decrease this comment's ranking

7.

Vote + to improve this item's ranking
Vote - to decrease this item's ranking
Tony Dorsett Report Abuse
22 points - added 8 years ago by plink - 1 comment
Comments:
99 YARDS AGAINST MINNESOTA
Added 6 years ago by guest, 1 point Vote + to improve this comment's ranking Vote - to decrease this comment's ranking

8.

Vote + to improve this item's ranking
Vote - to decrease this item's ranking
Wilbert Montgomery Report Abuse
17 points - added 8 years ago by plink -

9.

Vote + to improve this item's ranking
Vote - to decrease this item's ranking
John Brockington Report Abuse
17 points - added 8 years ago by plink - 1 comment
Comments:
The 70's Packers were horrible. Brockington was a superior player with no blocking, no complimentary offensive weapons, and no defense to give him a break. He broke 1000 yards, virtually on his own.
Added 4 years ago by guest, 1 point Vote + to improve this comment's ranking Vote - to decrease this comment's ranking

10.

Vote + to improve this item's ranking
Vote - to decrease this item's ranking
Chuck Foreman Report Abuse
Five Pro Bowls.
15 points - added 8 years ago by plink - 1 comment
Comments:
Almost invented the dual-threat back position -- receiver & rusher. Caried the ball like a loaf of bread and had the baddest spin move ever! 3 Super Bowls, too!
Added 8 years ago by guest, 2 points Vote + to improve this comment's ranking Vote - to decrease this comment's ranking

11.

Vote + to improve this item's ranking
Vote - to decrease this item's ranking
Mark van Eeghen Report Abuse
13 points - added 8 years ago by plink -

12.

Vote + to improve this item's ranking
Vote - to decrease this item's ranking
Floyd Little Report Abuse
13 points - added 8 years ago by plink - 1 comment
Comments:
Go broncos
Added 3 years ago by guest, 1 point Vote + to improve this comment's ranking Vote - to decrease this comment's ranking

13.

Vote + to improve this item's ranking
Vote - to decrease this item's ranking
Lawrence McCutcheon Report Abuse
Five straight Pro Bowls...
10 points - added 8 years ago by plink -

14.

Vote + to improve this item's ranking
Vote - to decrease this item's ranking
Marv Hubbard Report Abuse
6 points - added 8 years ago by plink -

15.

Vote + to improve this item's ranking
Vote - to decrease this item's ranking
Larry Brown Report Abuse
6 points - added 8 years ago by plink - 2 comments
Comments:
TOP 10 FOR SURE
Added 2 years ago by guest, 0 points Vote + to improve this comment's ranking Vote - to decrease this comment's ranking
NFL MVP 1972 5 years 5,000 yards
Added 3 years ago by guest, 0 points Vote + to improve this comment's ranking Vote - to decrease this comment's ranking

16.

Vote + to improve this item's ranking
Vote - to decrease this item's ranking
Calvin Hill Report Abuse
5 points - added 8 years ago by plink -

17.

Vote + to improve this item's ranking
Vote - to decrease this item's ranking
Lydell Mitchell Report Abuse
3 Pro Bowls
3 points - added 8 years ago by plink -

18.

Vote + to improve this item's ranking
Vote - to decrease this item's ranking
Jim Otis Report Abuse
1 point - added 8 years ago by plink -

19.

Vote + to improve this item's ranking
Vote - to decrease this item's ranking
Don Woods Report Abuse
1 point - added 8 years ago by plink -

20.

Vote + to improve this item's ranking
Vote - to decrease this item's ranking
Otis Armstrong Report Abuse
Rushed to a Super Bowl, 2 Pro Bowls, and leading rusher of '74.
1 point - added 8 years ago by plink -

21.

Vote + to improve this item's ranking
Vote - to decrease this item's ranking
Ron A. Johnson Report Abuse
-3 points - added 8 years ago by plink -
ShareRanks is about ranking things that are top, most, greatest, or even worst in all categories.
Use arrows to rank one item in 20 Top Running Backs of the 1970s vs another.
Top 10 20 Top Running Backs of the 1970s are especially marked