Who is the greatest running back to ever grace the NFL gridiron?

Barry Sanders may have retired early in the minds of fans, but not before slicing and dicing his way through defenses to an incredible 15,269 yards - still the second most in NFL history - in just 10 seasons.

But where does he rank alongside names like Jim Brown, Walter Payton and even a possible successor among the NFL's best in Adrian Peterson? Click the images to vote!

NFL's Greatest Running Backs

Marcus Allen

Marcus Allen

Los Angeles Raiders
Kansas City Chiefs
16 seasons
Carries: 3,022
Yards: 12,243
Average: 4.1
Touchdowns: 144

Jim Brown

Jim Brown

Cleveland Browns
9 Seasons
Carries: 2,359
Yards: 12,312
Average: 5.2
Touchdowns: 106

Jerome Bettis

Jerome Bettis

Pittsburgh Steelers
St. Louis Rams
13 seasons
Carries: 3,479
Yards: 13,662
Average: 3.9
Touchdowns: 94

Earl Campbell

Earl Campbell

Houston Oilers
New Orleans Saints
8 seasons
Carries: 2,187
Yards: 9,407
Average: 4.3
Touchdowns: 74

Eric Dickerson

Eric Dickerson

Los Angeles Rams
Indianapolis Colts
Los Angeles Raiders
Atlanta Falcons
11 Seasons
Carries: 2,996
Yards: 13,259
Average: 4.4
Touchdowns: 90

Tony Dorsett

Tony Dorsett

Dallas Cowboys
Denver Broncos
11 seasons
Carries: 2,936
Yards: 12,739
Average: 4.3
Touchdowns: 90

Marshall Faulk

Marshall Faulk

Indianapolis Colts
St. Louis Rams
13 Seasons
Carries: 2,836
Yards: 12,279
Average: 4.3
Touchdowns: 100

Curtis Martin

Curtis Martin

New York Jets
New England Patriots
11 seasons
Carries: 3,518
Yards: 14,101
Touchdowns: 100

Walter Payton

Walter Payton

Chicago Bears
13 Seasons
Carries: 3,838
Yards: 16,726
Average: 4.4
Touchdowns: 110

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

Minnesota Vikings
6 seasons
Carries: 1,754
Yards: 8,849
Average: 5.0
Touchdowns: 76

Barry Sanders

Barry Sanders

Detroit Lions
10 Seasons
Carries: 3,062
Yards: 15,269
Average: 5.0
Touchdowns: 99

Gale Sayers

Gale Sayers

Chicago Bears
7 Seasons
Carries: 991
Yards: 4,956
Average: 5.0
Touchdowns: 39

O.J. Simpson

O.J. Simpson

Buffalo Bills
San Francisco 49ers
11 Seasons
Carries: 2,404
Yards: 11,236
Average: 4.7
Touchdowns: 61

Emmitt Smith

Emmitt Smith

Dallas Cowboys
Arizona Cardinals
15 Seasons
Carries: 4,409
Yards: 18,355
Average: 4.2
Touchdowns: 164

LaDainian Tomlinson

LaDainian Tomlinson

San Diego Chargers
New York Jets
11 Seasons
Carries: 3,174
Yards: 13,684
Average: 4.3
Touchdowns: 145

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