The Top Ranked Running Backs of the 1970's

 

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The Top Ranked Running Backs of the 1970'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   Walter Payton 4.97930
2   Chuck Foreman 5.29793
3   O.J. Simpson 5.54906
4   Franco Harris 6.07600
5   Lydell Mitchell 6.60488
6   Larry Brown Jr. 7.81657
7   Lawrence McCutcheon 8.73250
8   Larry Csonka 11.15728
9   Floyd Little 13.02742
10   John Riggins 13.28138
11   Greg Pruitt 14.22650
12   Sam Cunningham 15.13143
13   John Brockington 15.21693
14   Delvin Williams 15.27633
15   Tony Dorsett 16.73333
16   Calvin Hill 17.13172
17   Terry Metcalf 17.54370
18   Sherman Smith 17.71813
19   Ron A. Johnson 18.23050
20   Ed Podolak 19.72113
21   Mark van Eeghen 20.02242
22   Tony Galbreath 21.11425
23   Donny Anderson 21.40190
24   MacArthur Lane 21.87200
25   Rickey Young 22.08870
26   Mike Thomas 23.05830
27   Chuck Muncie 23.60138
28   Altie Taylor 24.85486
29   Emerson Boozer 26.76092
30   Leroy Kelly 26.90913
31   Walt Garrison 30.46160
32   Norm Bulaich 30.60575
33   Earl Campbell 31.51500
34   Don McCauley 32.10206
35   Dave Hampton 32.48900
36   Marv Hubbard 33.54917
37   Dexter Bussey 33.99958
38   Pete Johnson 34.57667
39   Robert Newhouse 35.01606
40   Carl Garrett 35.30900
41   Otis Armstrong 35.75167
42   Tom Sullivan 36.16575
43   Boobie Clark 36.94400
44   Rocky Bleier 37.46744
45   Clarence Davis 37.94886
46   Don Woods 38.14538
47   Mercury Morris 38.71875
48   Essex Johnson 38.81142
49   Preston Pearson 38.94660
50   Wilbur Jackson 40.24850
51   Ken Willard 40.58200
52   Wayne Morris 40.92288
53   Jim Otis 41.08772
54   Steve Owens 41.45313
55   Fred Willis 41.75583
56   Jim Braxton 42.09200
57   Roland Harper 42.63988
58   John Fuqua 42.66329
59   Willie Ellison 42.71563
60   Charlie Harraway 42.81663
61   Archie Griffin 43.13225
62   Wilbert Montgomery 43.66667
63   Doug Kotar 43.69200
64   Clark Gaines 43.85188
65   Tony Reed 44.34000
66   Pete Banaszak 44.96294
67   Ricky Bell 45.35000
68   Joe Dawkins 45.52442
69   Jon Keyworth 45.74525
70   Mike Garrett 46.46525
71   Jim Kiick 46.52583
72   Art Malone 46.59525
73   Joe Washington 47.03333
74   Haskel Stanback 47.33508
75   Duane Thomas 48.64938
76   Bo Scott 49.39425
77   Jim Bertelsen 49.46980
78   Don Nottingham 49.90464
79   David Sims 50.20000
80   Ronnie Coleman 50.31092
81   Andy Johnson 50.39163
82   Benny Malone 50.74608
83   John Cappelletti 52.12610
84   Cid Edwards 52.49367
85   Dave Osborn 53.83567
86   Ottis Anderson 54.04000
87   Charlie H. Smith 54.96420
88   Vic Washington 55.96410
89   Jess Phillips 56.34669
90   Woody Green 56.96700
91   Wendell Hayes 59.32740
92   Don Calhoun 59.54992
93   Cleo Miller 60.04150
94   Mike Hogan 61.82983
95   Rob Carpenter 61.84667
96   Clint Jones 61.91400
97   Scott Dierking 62.18333
98   Larry Smith 62.76413
99   Horace Ivory 63.33000
100   Bubba Bean 63.34483
101   Bobby Anderson 63.34488
102   Kevin Long 63.86667
103   Ed Marinaro 64.11500
104   Horace King 64.24125
105   Lenvil Elliott 64.92492
106   Mel Farr 64.93563
107   Leroy Harris 65.88667
108   Barty Smith 66.63980
109   Terdell Middleton 66.89667
110   Mack Herron 68.05817
111   Jim Nance 68.58200
112   Curtis Brown 68.88500
113   Paul Robinson 70.02350
114   Wendell Tyler 70.40000
115   Hewritt Dixon 70.40200
116   Larry Schreiber 70.42730
117   Mike Pruitt 70.60425
118   Gary Davis 70.94513
119   Mike Strachan 70.96260
120   Johnny Roland 71.02083
121   William Andrews 71.21000
122   Rick Kane 71.27333
123   Roland Hooks 71.53850
124   Ted McKnight 71.61000
125   Tom Matte 71.61400
126   Cullen Bryant 71.79367
127   Cyril Pinder 72.21600
128   Po James 73.15450
129   Cannonball Butler 73.43000
130   Alvin Maxson 73.73100
131   Larry Canada 74.13500
132   Roosevelt Leaks 74.89675
133   Bobby Hammond 74.94500
134   Paul Hofer 75.09875
135   Rob Lytle 75.31333
136   Tim Wilson 75.31333
137   Tony Baker 75.80808
138   Hugh McKinnis 76.18450
139   Les Josephson 76.40650
140   Don Testerman 77.06400
141   Oscar Reed 77.11875
142   Robert Holmes 77.42175
143   Doug Dennison 77.45963
144   Bruce Harper 77.67000
145   Steve Jones 78.07300
146   Clarence Harmon 79.01667
147   Bill Brown 79.26480
148   Bob Gresham 79.42367
149   Bill Olds 80.03513
150   Brent McClanahan 80.68236
151   Don Hardeman 81.23430
152   Lee Bouggess 81.30600
153   Arthur Whittington 81.31000
154   Don Shy 81.61325
155   Sidney Thornton 82.04667
156   Steve Davis 82.71900
157   Jim Harrison 82.75367
158   Jeff Kinney 83.07250
159   Doug Cunningham 83.73000
160   Ed Williams 83.88575
161   Bo Matthews 84.01950
162   Harmon Wages 84.33800
163   Eric Torkelson 85.05625
164   Jimmy Thomas 85.17767
165   Sammy Johnson 85.19875
166   Jerry Eckwood 85.35000
167   Scott Laidlaw 85.40560
168   Dan Doornink 85.55000
169   Doug Dressler 85.68840
170   Willard Harrell 85.89040
171   Tucker Frederickson 86.15600
172   Mike Richardson 86.15800
173   Wayne Patrick 86.72633
174   Clarence Williams 86.76000
175   George Nock 86.76200
176   Lonnie Perrin 87.04200
177   Larry Watkins 88.25219
178   Stan Fritts 88.50425
179   Ken Brown 88.57558
180   Robert Miller 88.77900
181   Ron Lee 89.40283
182   Billy Taylor 89.59000
183   Ken Grandberry 91.30900
184   Mike Adamle 91.85100
185   Willie Rodgers 91.89417
186   Theotis Brown 92.42000
187   Arnold Morgado 93.15667
188   Josh Ashton 93.62800
189   Charley Young 93.71217
190   Eddie Ray 95.01875
191   Jeff Queen 95.91738
192   Louis Carter 96.43500
193   Hank Bauer 96.86000
194   Bill Butler 98.10567
195   Al Hunter 99.21667
196   Ted Brown 99.49000
197   Lawrence Gaines 100.05833
198   John Tarver 101.15675
199   James McAlister 101.37133
200   Mike Montgomery 101.86150
201   Tommy Reamon 104.03500
202   Larry Poole 104.05825
203   Reggie Harrison 104.63700
204   Fran Lynch 105.54500
205   Willis Crenshaw 105.55000
206   Mark Bailey 107.77000
207   Rod McNeill 107.86900
208   Jerry Latin 108.23938
209   Lynn Cain 108.58000
210   Charlie Evans 109.08500
211   Moses Denson 109.15875
212   Woody Thompson 109.18400
213   Herb Lusk 109.94150
214   Dave Williams 109.99000
215   Dave Preston 111.30500
216   Jim Strong 111.81000
217   Joe Morrison 112.02683
218   Bob Ferrell 112.10263
219   Bob L. Thomas 112.29617
220   Ike Forte 112.59500
221   Jim D. Jensen 112.82000
222   Jimmy DuBose 113.37550
223   Ron Springs 113.63000
224   Tom Newton 113.69333
225   Howard Stevens 113.97950
226   Paul Gipson 114.03400
227   Ronnie Bull 114.63800
228   Perry Williams 114.95820
229   Tony Davis 115.00633
230   Warren McVea 115.24400
231   Roy Hopkins 115.24600
232   Bobby Duhon 115.85000
233   Johnny Davis 115.85000
234   Cliff McClain 115.94063
235   Rod Phillips 116.44290
236   Bill Enyart 116.45800
237   Harold Hart 116.93575
238   Rob Scribner 117.20313
239   James Ford 118.88200
240   Tom Barrington 118.88200
241   Hubert Ginn 119.45457
242   Billy Campfield 119.89000
243   Mike Esposito 119.90483
244   Charlie Davis 119.94250
245   Joe Orduna 120.17417
246   Dickie Post 120.69800
247   Johnny Musso 120.74850
248   George Amundson 121.07675
249   Woody Campbell 121.30600
250   Jack Maitland 122.14367
251   Nate Simpson 122.44667
252   Mike A. Williams 122.72000
253   Tom Bailey 122.92225
254   Don Highsmith 123.27150
255   Bo Robinson 123.73000
256   Jim Grabowski 124.33400
257   Sam Scarber 124.58650
258   Roy Shivers 124.94000
259   Tom Nowatzke 124.94200
260   Joe Profit 125.39450
261   Gordon Bell 125.59650
262   Glen Bonner 126.00050
263   Anthony Davis 126.76000
264   Bob Gladieux 127.07583
265   Lee White 127.91950
266   Jim Lindsey 128.74233
267   Willie Spencer 128.98000
268   Dan Reeves 129.26417
269   Russ Smith 129.79000
270   Clem Turner 130.82967
271   Larry Brinson 130.86333
272   Ralph Nelson 130.92425
273   Charlie Leigh 131.36838
274   Mike Collier 132.01000
275   Bill Tucker 132.21200
276   Hoyle Granger 132.36350
277   Elvis Peacock 132.82000
278   Leon Burns 133.14625
279   Gary Kosins 133.25367
280   Vince Clements 133.42600
281   Ricky Patton 133.52500
282   George Ragsdale 133.55667
283   Booker Russell 134.03000
284   Jim Hooks 134.14583
285   Deacon Turner 135.04000
286   Greg Jones 135.24200
287   Roger Lawson 135.31775
288   Bobby Thompson 135.79750
289   Sonny Campbell 136.45400
290   Greg Boykin 136.55500
291   Artie Owens 136.86000
292   Jack Deloplaine 136.97383
293   Leon McQuay 137.38825
294   Billy Lefear 137.41575
295   Marsh White 137.51450
296   Charles Alexander 137.87000
297   Bob Brunet 138.23633
298   Lloyd Pate 138.27400
299   Dennis D. Johnson 138.88000
300   Ross Montgomery 140.69800
301   James Betterson 140.90000
302   Jeff Moore 140.90000
303   Robert Burns 141.15250
304   Manfred Moore 141.85550
305   Sam Havrilak 141.91000
306   Tony Nathan 141.91000
307   Warren Bankston 142.36250
308   Jerry Hill 143.12200
309   Sonny Collins 143.27350
310   Horace Belton 143.62500
311   Buddy Hardeman 143.93000
312   Rocky Thompson 144.00375
313   Joe Williams 144.10475
314   Bill Triplett 144.50875
315   Phil Francis 144.94000
316   Louie Giammona 145.34200
317   Kim Jones 145.54200
318   Brad Hubbert 145.54600
319   Mike Hull 145.94600
320   Joe Moore 146.15000
321   Reece Morrison 146.15000
322   Earl Gant 146.96000
323   Bob Hudson 147.61250
324   Willie Belton 147.74075
325   Jimmie Jones 148.57600
326   Steve Harkey 148.80125
327   Stan Winfrey 148.85175
328   Jim Jodat 149.18000
329   Tom Woodeshick 149.18200
330   Charlie White 149.99000
331   Derrick Jensen 149.99000
332   Sonny Davis 150.39400
333   Les Strayhorn 151.22525
334   Billy Pritchett 151.25050
335   Larry Krause 151.60200
336   Odell Lawson 151.60400
337   Virgil Robinson 151.60600
338   Vince Kendrick 151.75750
339   Mike Franckowiak 151.88817
340   James Mayberry 152.01000
341   Rick Moser 152.21000
342   Jazz Jackson 152.36150
343   Jim Culbreath 152.71500
344   Ray Strong 153.02000
345   Larry Barnes 153.72500
346   Brian Duncan 154.65925
347   Hank Bjorklund 155.31575
348   Oliver Ross 156.02275
349   Eddie Hill 156.05000
350   Tony Green 156.05000
351   Cleveland Franklin 156.75500
352   Joe Wilson 156.90650
353   Claxton Welch 157.66400
354   Dave Kopay 157.76500
355   Willie McClendon 158.07000
356   Andrew Jones 158.77700
357   Dick Hoak 158.87800
358   Allan Clark 159.08000
359   Darnell Powell 159.53250
360   Leonard Thompson 159.98700
361   Leon Crosswhite 160.24150
362   Mickey Zofko 160.89600
363   Kermit Johnson 160.97175
364   Greg Hawthorne 161.10000
365   Ward Walsh 161.30200
366   Dino Hall 162.11000
367   Jack DeGrenier 162.36250
368   Stan Mitchell 162.51400
369   Terry Robiskie 163.12000
370   Les Goodman 163.42300
371   Elijah Pitts 163.72600
372   Robin Earl 164.13000
373   Jack Holmes 164.83500
374   Mosi Tatupu 165.34000
375   Andy Bolton 165.44100
376   Anthony Anderson 166.15000
377   Tommy Mason 166.15000
378   Art Best 166.85500
379   Mark Kellar 166.85500
380   Cliff Taylor 167.66500
381   Terry Wells 167.66500
382   Ron Lamb 167.96600
383   Henry Dyer 168.57400
384   Eddie Moss 168.69825
385   Steve Crosby 168.72550
386   Allen Carter 168.77600
387   Emery Moorehead 169.18000
388   Chuck Mercein 169.78600
389   Travis Williams 169.78600
390   Pat Moriarty 170.19000
391   Greg Oliver 170.61725
392   Nick Eddy 170.99800
393   Rick Berns 171.20000
394   Larry Collins 172.21000
395   Randy Minniear 172.21000
396   Sid Blanks 173.42200
397   Larry Todd 174.63400
398   Charlie Pittman 175.23800
399   Morris LaGrand 177.66400
400   Lewis Jolley 178.27000
401   Jesse Taylor 178.52250
402   Woody Bennett 180.29000
403   Jeff Jordan 180.69400
404   Thomas Lott 181.30000
405   Terry Cole 181.90600
406   Rufus Crawford 182.31000
407   Joe W. Washington 183.11800
408   Ben Garry 183.32000
409   Eddie Payton 183.32000
410   Al Johnson 183.57250
411   Alois Blackwell 184.33000
412   Bob McCall 184.33000
413   Mike Voight 185.34000
414   Henry Hynoski 185.44100
415   Dick Shiner 185.54200
416   Pete Van Valkenberg 185.54200
417   Ralph Kurek 185.54200
418   Dave Gagnon 185.69350
419   Pat McNeil 185.69350
420   Herb Mul-Key 186.75400
421   Les Shy 186.75400
422   Oscar Dragon 187.36000
423   Glynn Harrison 187.81450
424   Molly McGee 187.81450
425   Ernie Koy 187.96600
426   John Isenbarger 187.96600
427   George Franklin 188.37000
428   Steve Rogers 188.77400
429   Bo Cornell 189.17800
430   Steve Howell 189.38000
431   Bruce Maxwell 190.39000
432   Lincoln Minor 190.39000
433   Rickey Anderson 190.39000
434   Steve Powell 190.39000
435   Randy Jackson 190.99600
436   Wayne Wilson 191.40000
437   Mike Brunson 191.60200
438   Rick Jennings 192.05650
439   Gary Hayman 192.10700
440   Ken Callicutt 192.41000
441   Tony Benjamin 193.42000
442   Bill Dusenbery 194.02600
443   Earl Carr 194.43000
444   Rich Ellender 194.43000
445   Willie Shelby 195.23800
446   Kenny King 195.44000
447   Tom Thompson 196.29850
448   Ira Matthews 196.45000
449   Jimmy Edwards 197.46000
450   Nathan Poole 198.47000
451   Bill Thomas 200.54050

 


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