The Top Ranked Running Backs of the 1940's

 

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The Top Ranked Running Backs of the 1940's

 

Notes:

The ratings on this page comes from AinsworthSports.com's own rating system.  The lower the rating the better.

Players had to complete at least one qualifying season to be included in this list.

A qualifying year is any year that a player participated in 60% of his teams games.

Player's ratings are penalized for every year under 5 qualifying years.

 

Rnk   Player Rating
1   Steve Van Buren 3.27508
2   Marion Motley 8.45138
3   Chet Mutryn 10.08000
4   Pug Manders 13.39793
5   Hugh Gallarneau 14.16020
6   Pat Harder 14.73863
7   Dick Todd 15.25725
8   Billy Hillenbrand 17.37300
9   Elmer Angsman 17.50350
10   Bill Paschal 17.64033
11   George McAfee 20.35150
12   Charlie Trippi 20.35250
13   Ray McLean 21.41021
14   Ward Cuff 21.42142
15   Johnny Strzykalski 21.68238
16   Tony Canadeo 22.11150
17   Ted Fritsch 23.23863
18   Edgar Jones 24.03900
19   Buddy Young 25.87383
20   Dick Riffle 26.46300
21   Bosh Pritchard 26.64380
22   Bill Dudley 26.71975
23   John Kimbrough 27.97800
24   Bob Seymour 28.22479
25   Harry Clarke 29.55858
26   Andy Uram 30.02750
27   Gary Famiglietti 30.22921
28   Norm Standlee 31.05750
29   Wilbur Moore 31.21979
30   Julie Rykovich 31.71500
31   Gene Roberts 31.91700
32   Marshall Goldberg 32.27960
33   Bill Osmanski 32.50617
34   Fred Gehrke 32.90580
35   Lou Brock 33.65733
36   Andy Farkas 34.11780
37   Steve Lach 34.13900
38   Dante Magnani 34.21736
39   George Gulyanics 35.99067
40   Bob Margarita 36.96900
41   Joe Perry 37.17100
42   Lou Tomasetti 37.85121
43   Babe Dimancheff 37.93075
44   Johnny Drake 38.40825
45   Eddie Saenz 38.46517
46   Steve Bagarus 39.34250
47   Frank Seno 39.62500
48   Merl Condit 39.89500
49   Mickey Colmer 40.56938
50   Tuffy Leemans 41.05750
51   Clarke Hinkle 41.21100
52   Ernie Steele 41.56443
53   Ray Ramsey 41.88233
54   Ray Nolting 42.00863
55   Len Eshmont 42.20790
56   Whizzer White 42.22100
57   Dick Hoerner 42.47350
58   George Franck 43.07750
59   Camp Wilson 44.42000
60   Jim Castiglia 45.64463
61   Walt Schlinkman 45.82138
62   Eddie Prokop 46.15800
63   Chuck Fenenbock 47.37425
64   Bob Westfall 47.80350
65   Bill Boedeker 48.32113
66   Joe Osmanski 49.26800
67   Bob Davis 50.30325
68   Bob Thurbon 50.95750
69   Spec Sanders 51.01000
70   Monk Gafford 51.30900
71   Kenny Washington 51.91500
72   Merle Hapes 52.37150
73   Elmer Hackney 55.53092
74   Tom Harmon 56.46200
75   Vic Kulbitski 56.76300
76   Billy Stone 56.81750
77   John Grigas 57.07025
78   Joe Scott 59.29000
79   Don Greenwood 59.45633
80   Mike Holovak 59.49000
81   Ned Mathews 59.64800
82   Banks McFadden 60.70600
83   Howie Livingston 61.89280
84   Jack Banta 62.21600
85   Harry Hopp 62.57960
86   Bob Kennedy 63.39538
87   Johnny Hall 63.78675
88   Jim Gillette 63.97340
89   Bob Nussbaumer 64.03500
90   Mel Bleeker 64.40533
91   Elroy Hirsch 64.64500
92   Johnny Butler 64.70833
93   Bob Cifers 65.45325
94   Joe Maniaci 65.90550
95   Gaylon Smith 66.12233
96   Joe Golding 66.69467
97   Jack Hinkle 66.93033
98   Ray Hare 66.93038
99   Jerry Shipkey 67.39525
100   Leo Cantor 67.47100
101   Bus Mertes 67.58920
102   Billy Grimes 68.43250
103   Howie Weiss 68.78600
104   Joe Laws 68.90220
105   Frank Akins 69.29125
106   Johnny Martin 69.49810
107   Joe Margucci 69.64250
108   Don Kindt 71.22283
109   Art Van Tone 71.30700
110   Dub Jones 71.60163
111   Bob Pfohl 71.78875
112   Jim Fordham 71.81400
113   Chuck Sample 72.01800
114   Andy Marefos 72.78833
115   Howie Yeager 72.97750
116   Hosea Rodgers 73.07850
117   Johnny Clement 73.66367
118   Tony Compagno 73.73100
119   Ed Justice 75.14500
120   Paul Duhart 75.25000
121   Lloyd Cardwell 75.54900
122   George Papach 76.15700
123   Verl Lillywhite 76.33375
124   Frank Filchock 76.35900
125   Earle Parsons 76.46000
126   Joe Geri 76.56300
127   Herm Wedemeyer 76.99025
128   Steve Juzwik 77.36900
129   Bob Fenimore 77.37100
130   Tom Colella 78.51900
131   Don Perkins 79.25233
132   Gil Steinke 79.69000
133   John Hoffman 80.04750
134   Lloyd Madden 81.71400
135   Jerry Nuzum 82.14125
136   Pete Stout 82.37050
137   Bob Cowan 83.12400
138   Tom Farmer 83.12400
139   Sherman Howard 84.69350
140   Sal Rosato 85.04500
141   Jim Parmer 85.47425
142   Bob Morrow 85.47650
143   Bill Daley 85.55000
144   Al Grygo 85.85300
145   Rob Goode 85.85500
146   Walt Clay 86.05725
147   Art Jones 86.76200
148   Sam Cathcart 87.01650
149   Hank Soar 87.19350
150   Bill Kellagher 87.97200
151   Vic Spadaccini 88.17800
152   Bob Steuber 88.27900
153   Ed Quirk 88.73150
154   Ben Kish 88.80317
155   Dick Poillon 89.06200
156   George Kracum 89.08700
157   Billy deCorrevont 89.57690
158   Harry Dowda 90.50100
159   Forrest Hall 91.00600
160   Rex Bumgardner 91.25650
161   Lew Mayne 91.60800
162   Pat West 92.01200
163   Jimmy Strausbaugh 92.82400
164   Bert Johnson 92.85367
165   Bob Forte 92.90000
166   Olie Cordill 93.02600
167   Ted Williams 93.83200
168   Cloyce Box 93.98550
169   John Petty 94.64200
170   Walt Nielsen 94.64200
171   Noah Mullins 95.23563
172   Hal Van Every 95.27125
173   Pres Johnston 95.55100
174   Bruce Smith 95.85000
175   Ollie Cline 96.30650
176   Joe Hoague 96.54017
177   Bill Lund 96.91250
178   Frank Maznicki 97.16500
179   Steve Filipowicz 98.32650
180   Bob Hoffman 98.51813
181   Paul Patterson 98.63150
182   John Lucente 98.98500
183   Bill Dutton 99.18700
184   Jimmy Johnston 99.43750
185   Ray Coates 100.11925
186   Frank Martin 100.46233
187   Ralph Earhart 101.02825
188   Curt Sandig 101.60900
189   Bill Callihan 102.09080
190   Bob Sweiger 102.45713
191   Joe Sulaitis 103.20950
192   Bob Perina 103.27550
193   Clyde Scott 103.27750
194   Steve Belichick 103.73200
195   Lu Gambino 104.03300
196   Frank Minini 104.13200
197   Harvey Jones 104.48750
198   Harry Burrus 104.63900
199   Lowell Tew 104.64100
200   Bill Leckonby 105.27025
201   George Cheverko 105.54800
202   Walter West 105.55000
203   Lloyd Cheatham 105.60075
204   Cece Hare 105.70175
205   Sam Francis 105.95400
206   Les Horvath 106.23617
207   Ed Jankowski 106.35600
208   Skippy Minisi 106.45900
209   Dave Ryan 106.66100
210   Dick Booth 106.66100
211   Mike Micka 107.01475
212   George Kiick 107.46700
213   Dick Cassiano 107.57000
214   Billy Jefferson 108.12550
215   Tipp Mooney 108.62850
216   Bob Gage 109.08500
217   Eddie Miller 109.18600
218   Lee Shaffer 109.23675
219   Jim Cason 109.53750
220   Ed Cody 109.56917
221   Joe Muha 109.75438
222   Mario Tonelli 110.80200
223   George Cafego 111.00200
224   Bob Livingstone 111.43125
225   Dick Erdlitz 111.63967
226   Marty Slovak 112.18875
227   Earl Elsey 112.82200
228   Jim Blumenstock 112.82200
229   Dom Principe 113.28938
230   Vic Schwall 113.57550
231   Mickey Sanzotta 113.67850
232   Frank Ziegler 113.73100
233   Andy Tomasic 114.03400
234   Tony Bova 114.33700
235   Rhoten Shetley 114.55183
236   Jack Jenkins 114.63800
237   Bernie Nygren 114.64000
238   Wally Triplett 114.89250
239   Len Janiak 115.04000
240   Joe Vetrano 115.34725
241   Lowell Wagner 115.35983
242   Lou Zontini 115.99113
243   Boyd Brumbaugh 116.05200
244   Dan Sandifer 116.45800
245   Pete Kmetovic 116.45800
246   Dean McAdams 116.91250
247   Vitamin Smith 117.21550
248   Dwight Sloan 117.26600
249   Frank Reagan 117.36500
250   Rudy Mobley 117.36700
251   Bob Keene 117.67000
252   Corby Davis 117.79425
253   Bob Kelly 117.89525
254   Joe Bukant 118.00267
255   Cecil Johnson 118.12250
256   Frank Balasz 118.19825
257   Gerry Cowhig 118.27400
258   Jack Myers 118.37700
259   Charlie Seabright 119.02850
260   Ernie Lewis 119.18100
261   Fred Evans 119.18500
262   Buddy Parker 119.48400
263   Vinnie Yablonski 119.51125
264   Chick Jagade 119.53850
265   Mike Kabealo 119.69000
266   Doyle Tackett 120.09400
267   Joe Glamp 120.10683
268   Frank Emmons 120.49800
269   Len Barnum 120.69800
270   Jimmy Nelson 121.00300
271   Dan DeSantis 121.30600
272   Cotton Price 121.83425
273   Tommy Kalmanir 121.86150
274   Andy Dudish 121.91000
275   Johnny Vardian 121.91000
276   Frank Muehlheuser 121.96050
277   Frank Grigonis 122.11400
278   John Petchel 122.21100
279   Jim Mello 122.81900
280   Floyd Simmons 122.82100
281   Ben Starret 124.06267
282   Tank Younger 124.18450
283   Tony Falkenstein 124.94000
284   Leon Cochran 125.34600
285   Noble Doss 125.54600
286   Al Krueger 125.54800
287   Ara Parseghian 125.54800
288   Joe Watt 126.00050
289   Gordon Paschka 126.45700
290   Milt Popovich 126.87383
291   Bill Lazetich 126.96200
292   Walt McDonald 127.02538
293   Wally Dreyer 127.66900
294   Doug McEnulty 127.71750
295   George Magulick 127.77000
296   Terry Fox 128.07100
297   Kay Eakin 128.20367
298   Bert Piggott 128.27500
299   Bill Gompers 128.27500
300   Ivan Schottel 128.27500
301   Roy Zimmerman 128.55075
302   Rip Collins 128.83050
303   Art Macioszczyk 129.28300
304   Paul Shoults 129.99200
305   Dewey Proctor 130.09100
306   Rudy Romboli 130.09100
307   Jack Wilson 131.00200
308   Earl Howell 131.15350
309   Clint McClain 131.55750
310   Emil Banjavic 131.81000
311   John Atwood 131.91100
312   Johnny Knolla 132.26250
313   Larry Craig 132.31167
314   Don Garlin 132.31500
315   Jim Callahan 132.82000
316   Bob Sullivan 133.72900
317   Don Reece 133.72900
318   George Morris 134.05525
319   Dave Brown 134.39833
320   Nick Basca 134.48650
321   Jake Leicht 134.91375
322   Bob Reinhard 135.54700
323   Ed Smith 135.79750
324   Len Masini 136.45400
325   Don Durdan 136.45600
326   Frankie Sinkwich 136.45600
327   Joe Stringfellow 136.65800
328   Howard Maley 136.90850
329   Carl Kinscherf 137.31250
330   John Poto 137.36300
331   Herm Rohrig 137.42833
332   Bob Greenhalgh 138.12250
333   Jim Meade 138.27400
334   Vern Martin 138.27400
335   Duke Iverson 138.58983
336   Frank Sachse 138.77500
337   Al Akins 139.18100
338   Bob Paffrath 139.18300
339   Bob Smith 139.28400
340   Elmer Madarik 140.09000
341   John Polanski 140.09200
342   Paul White 140.09200
343   Mort Landsberg 140.34450
344   Bob Mitchell 140.69400
345   Ernie Bonelli 141.20300
346   Bob Adkins 141.50600
347   George Paskvan 141.80900
348   Bronko Nagurski 141.91000
349   Milt Crain 141.91000
350   Ted Scalissi 141.91000
351   Jay Arnold 141.93325
352   Ed Sustersic 142.76850
353   George Koch 142.81900
354   Al Drulis 143.12200
355   Kent Ryan 143.12200
356   Ray Terrell 143.72600
357   Cliff Aberson 143.72800
358   Clete Fischer 143.93000
359   John Hollar 144.48350
360   Frank Trigilio 144.63700
361   Fran Murray 144.73800
362   Jack Stackpool 144.73800
363   Russ Craft 145.54600
364   Bill Schroeder 145.99850
365   Don Lieberum 146.35400
366   Marty Christiansen 146.35400
367   Walt Slater 146.45500
368   Ken Heineman 146.96000
369   Wes McAfee 147.66700
370   Charlie McGibbony 147.97000
371   Spiro Dellerba 148.27300
372   Bill Reinhard 149.18000
373   Bill Bass 149.18200
374   Bob Sneddon 149.68500
375   Murray Evans 149.68500
376   Ralph Ruthstrom 149.93750
377   Len Calligaro 149.99000
378   Gonzalo Morales 150.54350
379   Paul Page 150.89900
380   Phil Slosburg 151.00000
381   Dutch Elston 151.20200
382   John Noppenberg 151.27575
383   Tony Adamle 151.90900
384   Paul Crowe 151.98275
385   Lou Kusserow 152.06050
386   Fred Vanzo 152.15950
387   Russ Mosley 152.71700
388   Larry Buhler 152.81800
389   Mike Graham 152.81800
390   Pete Franceschi 152.81800
391   Bob Summerhays 153.22200
392   Sam Bartholomew 153.52500
393   Harry Seltzer 154.43400
394   Charlie Gauer 154.53500
395   Howard Hartley 154.63600
396   Fred Gloden 154.98950
397   Jack Salscheider 155.54500
398   Hugh McCullough 155.61875
399   Bernie Semes 156.05000
400   Swede Johnston 156.05000
401   Chuck DeShane 156.30050
402   Bob Wiese 156.45400
403   Walt Heap 156.90650
404   Roy McKay 157.36100
405   Dean Sensanbaugher 157.36300
406   John Binotto 157.66600
407   Paul Moore 157.66600
408   Coley McDonough 157.91850
409   Dick Weisgerber 158.67400
410   Ken Steinmetz 158.87600
411   Cal Purdin 159.18100
412   Jim Dewar 159.18100
413   John Cole 159.28200
414   Bob Agler 159.40625
415   Al Lawler 160.09000
416   Chuck Taylor 160.09000
417   George Wilde 160.09000
418   Pete Layden 161.35250
419   Fred Provo 161.90800
420   Wally Yonamine 161.90800
421   Mike Klotovich 162.31200
422   Milt Piepul 162.31200
423   Al Owen 162.51400
424   Jim Wade 162.51400
425   Frank Nelson 162.81700
426   Bob Hanlon 163.11800
427   John Wright 163.72600
428   Leon Pense 164.23100
429   Irv Comp 164.63300
430   Jeff Durkota 164.63500
431   Al Donelli 165.24100
432   Walt Fedora 165.74600
433   Wilbur Volz 165.99850
434   Hub Barker 166.15000
435   Tom Casey 166.45300
436   Charlie Armstrong 167.36200
437   Lee Tevis 168.26900
438   Paul Vinnola 168.27100
439   Wendell Butcher 168.29425
440   Ken Roskie 168.72350
441   Joe Setcavage 169.68500
442   Charlie Timmons 170.08900
443   Hank Bruder 170.59400
444   Irv Hall 170.59400
445   Nello Falaschi 170.79400
446   Buzz Trebotich 170.84450
447   Hugo Marcolini 170.99800
448   Jim Spavital 171.80600
449   John Rogalla 171.90700
450   Bill Petrilas 172.21000
451   Emery Nix 172.21000
452   Rocco Pirro 172.56350
453   Jim Still 172.71300
454   Corwin Clatt 172.81600
455   Bob DeFruiter 173.26850
456   Elmer Kolberg 173.82600
457   Frank Morris 173.82600
458   John Popovich 174.23000
459   Lin Sexton 174.63400
460   Bob Kahler 175.44200
461   Lou Saban 175.54300
462   Don Griffin 176.45200
463   Bull Karcis 177.26000
464   Joe Corn 177.36100
465   Ken Keuper 177.36100
466   Jack Itzel 177.66400
467   Ralph Kercheval 178.67400
468   Leo Stasica 178.97500
469   Aubrey Fowler 179.17900
470   Tilly Manton 179.78500
471   Beryl Clark 180.29000
472   Bill Brown 180.29000
473   Robert Hazelhurst 180.99700
474   George Murphy 181.09800
475   Albie Reisz 181.90600
476   Ernie Pinckert 181.90600
477   Warren Plunkett 181.90600
478   Jackie Lowther 182.31000
479   Al Couppee 182.81500
480   Ed Danowski 182.81500
481   Bill Reynolds 183.42100
482   Max Krause 183.52200
483   Gene Malinowski 183.72400
484   Steve Sucic 183.72400
485   John Patrick 184.27950
486   Joe Hollingsworth 184.58250
487   Dick Ottele 184.63300
488   Jack Manders 185.13800
489   Pete Lamana 185.54200
490   Lloyd Parsons 185.74400
491   Carl Allen 186.45100
492   Charles Smith 187.36000
493   Jodie Marek 187.36000
494   Eddie Allen 188.26900
495   Frank Williams 188.26900
496   Bill Fisk 188.37000
497   Paul Sanders 188.37000
498   Rufus Deal 188.37000
499   Joe Gasparella 189.17800
500   Sid Tinsley 189.17800
501   Chet Wetterlund 189.98600
502   Nick Forkovitch 190.08700
503   Bob Masters 190.39000
504   Lee Presley 191.09700
505   Dave Bernard 192.41000
506   John Naioti 193.01600
507   Curt Mecham 193.21800
508   Walt Gorinski 193.72300
509   Walt Williams 193.72300
510   Larry Peace 194.53100
511   Gene Spangler 194.63200
512   Johnny Naumu 194.63200
513   Hal McCullough 194.83400
514   Dean Steward 194.93500
515   Junie Hovious 194.93500
516   Wayne Kingery 195.03600
517   Bill O'Brien 195.54100
518   Lou Ghecas 195.99550
519   Elmore Harris 196.45000
520   Jack Jacobs 196.45000
521   John Karrs 196.45000
522   John McLaughry 196.45000
523   Gene Ronzani 196.85400
524   Joel McCoy 197.35900
525   Owen Goodnight 197.46000
526   Ken Strong 198.47000
527   Walt Masters 199.98500

 


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