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Best Running Backs to Wear Numbers #20 - #39

I recently put together a list of the best all time quarterbacks to wear the numbers #1 - #19. The article was so much fun to write and got such a favorable response that I figured why not do a running back list!


Sure, I'm aware that some running backs like Gale Sayers (#40) or John Riggins (#44) are all time greats and belong on any best list of running backs. However, most of the numbers in the #40's don't have all time great RB's.


Without furthe ado, here's my list of the best running backs to wear each jersey number #20 - #39. I know this list could be more controversial than the quarterbacks list but that's what opinions are for and feel free to leave yours.

courtesy of CBS Chicago


#20. Barry Sanders: 15,269 RUSH yds, 109 Total TD's, 2,921 REC yds

#21. LaDanian Tomlinson: 13,684 RUSH yds, 162 Total TD's, 4,772 REC yds

#22. Emmitt Smith: 18,355 RUSH yds, 175 Total TD's, 3,224 REC yds

#23. Arian Foster: 6,527 RUSH yds, 68 Total TD's, 2,346 REC yds

#24. Marshawn Lynch: 10,413 RUSH yds, 94 Total TD's, 2,214 REC yds

#25. LeSean McCoy: 11,102 RUSH yds, 89 Total TD's, 3,898 REC yds

#26. Clinton Portis: 9,923 RUSH yds, 80 Total TD's, 2,018 REC yds

#27. Eddie George: 10,441 RUSH yds, 78 Total TD's, 2,227 REC yds

#28. Marshall Faulk: 12,279 RUSH yds, 136 Total TD's, 6,875 REC yds

#29. Eric Dickerson: 13,259 RUSH yds, 96 Total TD's, 2,137 REC yds

#30. Terrell Davis: 7,607 RUSH yds, 65 Total TD's, 1,280 REC yds

#31. Jim Taylor: 8,597 RUSH yds, 93 Total TD's, 1,756 REC yds

#32. Jim Brown: 12,312 RUSH yds, 126 Total TD's, 2,499 REC yds

#33. Roger Craig: 8,189 RUSH yds, 73 TD's, 4,911 REC yds

#34. Walter Payton: 16,726 RUSH yds, 125 Total TD's, 4,538 REC yds

#35. Calvin Hill: 6,083 RUSH yds, 65 Total TD's, 2,861 REC yds

#36. Jerome Bettis: 13,662 RUSH yds, 94 Total TD's, 1,449 REC yds

#37. Sean Alexander: 9,453 RUSH yds, 112 Total TD's, 1,520 REC yds

#38. George Rogers: 7,176 RUSH yds, 54 Total TD's, 368 REC yds

#39. Steven Jackson: 11,438 RUSH yds, 78 Total TD's, 3,683 REC yds


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