Top 50 Greatest Running Backs in NFL History


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50. Arian Foster

It could be only a matter of time until Foster, whose mother is Mexican-American, becomes one of the league’s all-time greatsArian Foster joined the Texans as a practice squad player in 2009 after going undrafted out of Tennessee. Foster ran for 100 yards against the Patriots in his first career start on January 3, 2010 and never looked back. He is now the all-time leading rusher for the Texans and holds most rushing related records for the team. Foster has been regarded as one of the best running backs in the NFL for nearly a half decade and is still going strong. He made the Pro Bowl from 2010 – 2014 and was a first-team all-pro in 2010 and 2012. Foster has amassed well over 6,000 yards, 2000 receiving yards, and recorded 54 touchdowns in his career with the Texans. He is not only the best running back in Texans history (and it’s not even close) but has been the heart and soul of their offense over the years. As far as all-time backs go in Houston – it is Arian Foster… then everyone else. Hopefully he can get back to full health and continue his dominance and possibly move up this list in the near future.

49. Brian Westbrook

Brian Westbrook was a dominant performer at nearby Villanova University, but he still struggled to get noticed by NFL teams, most likely due to his small stature and a collegiate knee injury. Andy Reid took a chance on Mr. Westbrook at the end of the third round in the 2002 NFL Draft because the shifty Nova product fit exactly into Reid’s scheme. Westbrook proved worthy as he became the third leading rusher (5,995 yards) and fourth leading scorer on the ground (37 touchdowns) in Philadelphia’s history. His best season of his career came in 2007 when he was named to the Pro Bowl and was a First Team All-Pro after leading the league with 2,104 yards from scrimmage (1,333 rushing and 771 receiving yards on 91 receptions and 12 total scores). Not too shabby, seems this man gets overlooked quite often when putting these types of lists together. Let’s not forget how great his peak was in the mid-2000’s.