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  1. Reggie Bush
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    Reggie Bush

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    Reginald Alfred "Reggie" Bush, Jr. (born March 2, 1985) is an American football running back for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at USC, where he earned consensus All-American honors twice and won a Heisman Trophy, and was drafted by the New Orleans Saints second overall in the 2006 NFL Draft. Bush won a Super Bowl title with the Saints in 2010. He has also played for the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions.


  2. Burt Reynolds
    #2

    Burt Reynolds

    158,735 views

    Burton Leon "Burt" Reynolds (born February 11, 1936) is an American actor, director and producer. He starred in many television series and feature films, such as Dan August, Deliverance, The Longest Yard as well as its 2005 remake, Smokey and the Bandit and The Cannonball Run. He also won two Golden Globe Awards, one for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy for Evening Shade and one for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for Boogie Nights.


  3. O.J. Simpson
    #3

    O.J. Simpson

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    Orenthal James Simpson (born July 9, 1947), nicknamed "the Juice", is a retired American football player, broadcaster, actor, and convicted felon currently incarcerated at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada. Simpson played college football at the University of Southern California (USC), where he won the Heisman Trophy in 1968. He then played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) as a running back for 11 seasons, with the Buffalo Bills from 1969 to 1977 and with the San Francisco 49ers from 1978 to 1979.


  4. Bill Cosby
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    Bill Cosby

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    William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr. (born July 12, 1937) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and author.


  5. Terrell Fletcher
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    Terrell Fletcher

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    Terrell Antoine Fletcher (born September 14, 1973 in St. Louis, Missouri) is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the San Diego Chargers. With the Chargers he rushed for 1,871 yards and gained 1,943 yards receiving. He attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is the older brother of Indianapolis Colts tight end Bryan Fletcher. Terrell graduated from Hazelwood East High School in St. Louis, Missouri in 1991.


  6. Curtis Martin
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    Curtis Martin

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    Curtis James Martin, Jr. (born May 1, 1973) is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for the New England Patriots and New York Jets over the span of 10 years. Martin began his professional career with the Patriots, who selected him in the third round of the 1995 NFL Draft. As a free agent in 1998, he joined the Jets where he finished his career in 2005 due to a career-ending knee injury. He retired having amassed the fourth highest total of rushing yards in NFL history. He was selected as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.


  7. Frank Gifford
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    Frank Gifford

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    Francis Newton Gifford (August 16, 1930 – August 9, 2015) was an American football player and television sports commentator. After a 12-year playing career as a running back and flanker for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL), he was a play-by-play announcer and commentator for 27 years on ABC's Monday Night Football.


  8. Ahmad Rashad
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    Ahmad Rashad

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    Ahmad Rashād (born Robert Earl Moore on November 19, 1949) is an American sportscaster (mostly with NBC Sports) and former professional football player. He was the fourth overall selection of the 1972 NFL Draft, taken by the St. Louis Cardinals.


  9. Marcus Allen
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    Marcus Allen

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    Marcus LeMarr Allen (born March 26, 1960) is a former American football running back and football analyst for CBS. As a professional, Allen ran for 12,243 yards and caught 587 passes for 5,412 yards during his career for both the Los Angeles Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs from 1982 to 1997. He scored 145 touchdowns, including a then league record 123 rushing touchdowns, and was elected to six Pro Bowls over the course of his career. He was also a fairly good passer for a running back, completing 12 of 27 passes for 285 yards and six touchdowns, with only one interception. Allen was the first player ever to gain more than 10,000 rushing yards and 5,000 receiving yards during his career.


  10. Thomas Jones
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    Thomas Jones

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    Thomas Quinn Jones (born August 19, 1978) is an American actor and former American football running back who played twelve seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Virginia. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals seventh overall in the 2000 NFL Draft, and played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in addition to the New York Jets, Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs. He is among the top 25 leading rushers in NFL history.


  11. Adrian Peterson
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    Adrian Peterson

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    Adrian Lewis Peterson (born March 21, 1985) is an American football running back for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Vikings seventh overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oklahoma. Peterson set the NCAA freshman rushing record with 1,925 yards as a true freshman during the 2004 season. As a unanimous first-team All-American, he became the first freshman to finish as the runner-up in the Heisman Trophy balloting. Peterson finished his college football career as the Sooners' third all-time leading rusher.


  12. Jim Brown
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    Jim Brown

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    James Nathaniel "Jim" Brown (born February 17, 1936) is an American former professional football player and actor. He is best known for his exceptional and record-setting nine year career as a fullback for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL) from 1957 to 1965. In 2002, he was named by Sporting News as the greatest professional football player ever.


  13. Marshall Faulk
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    Marshall Faulk

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    Marshall William Faulk (born February 26, 1973) is a former college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for twelve seasons. He played college football for San Diego State University, and was a two-time consensus All-American. He was selected by the Indianapolis Colts as the second overall pick in the 1994 NFL Draft, and he also played professionally for the NFL's St. Louis Rams. Faulk is one of only three NFL players (Marcus Allen and Tiki Barber being the others) to reach at least 10,000 rushing yards and 5,000 receiving yards; he is the only one to amass 12,000 yards rushing and 6,000 yards receiving. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. He is currently a pro football analyst for NFL Total Access, Thursday Night Football, and NFL GameDay Morning on the NFL Network.


  14. Bo Jackson
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    Bo Jackson

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    Vincent Edward "Bo" Jackson (born November 30, 1962) is an American former baseball and football player. He is the only athlete to be named an All-Star in two major American sports. He was named the greatest athlete of all time by ESPN.


  15. Emmitt Smith
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    Emmitt Smith

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    Emmitt James Smith, III (born May 15, 1969) is an American former college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for fifteen seasons during the 1990s and 2000s. Smith played college football for the University of Florida, where he was a unanimous All-American. A first-round pick in the 1990 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals of the NFL, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest running backs in NFL history.


  16. Mosi Tatupu
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    Mosi Tatupu

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    Mosiula Faasuka Tatupu (April 26, 1955 – February 23, 2010) was a National Football League special teamer and running back from American Samoa who, during a fifteen-year professional career, played for the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. His tenure with the Patriots lasted from 1978 to 1990. He made the Pro Bowl in 1986.


  17. Derrick Ward
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    Derrick Ward

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    Derrick LaRon Ward (born August 30, 1980) is a former American football running back in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New York Giants in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft and also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Houston Texans. He played college football at Fresno State University and Ottawa University.


  18. Ed Marinaro
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    Ed Marinaro

    9,725 views

    Ed Marinaro (born March 31, 1950) is an American former football player and actor. In 1971 he finished as a runner up to Pat Sullivan for the Heisman Trophy, and from 2010–2011 starred in the football comedy series, Blue Mountain State.


  19. Ray Rice
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    Ray Rice

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    Raymell Mourice "Ray" Rice (born January 22, 1987) is a professional American football running back who is currently a free agent. He played college football for Rutgers and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He is ranked as the Ravens' second all-time leading rusher behind Jamal Lewis (7,801) with 6,180 yards, and is also second in rushing attempts (1,430) and rushing touchdowns (37), and third in combined touchdowns (43).


  20. Eddie George
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    Eddie George

    6,006 views

    Edward Nathan George, Jr. (born September 24, 1973) is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons. He played college football for The Ohio State University and won the Heisman Trophy in 1995. He was drafted in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Tennessee Titans (both in Tennessee and in Houston when the franchise was known as the Houston Oilers). George was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.


  21. Herschel Walker
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    Herschel Walker

    6,177 views

    Herschel Walker (born March 3, 1962) is a retired professional football player and a former college football player, bobsledder, sprinter and mixed martial artist. He played college football for the University of Georgia, earned consensus All-American honors three times and won the 1982 Heisman Trophy. Walker began his professional football career with the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League (USFL), before joining the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). In the NFL, he also played for the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.


  22. Walter Payton
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    Walter Payton

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    Walter Jerry Payton (July 25, 1953– November 1, 1999) was an American football running back who played for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons (only missing one game in all of the thirteen seasons). Walter Payton was known around the NFL as "Sweetness". He is remembered as one of the most prolific running backs in the history of the NFL. Payton, a nine-time Pro Bowl selectee, once held the league's record for most career rushing yards, touchdowns, carries, yards from scrimmage, all-purpose yards, and many other categories. His eight career touchdown passes are just second to Frank Gifford an NFL record for non-quarterbacks. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993. Hall of Fame NFL player and coach Mike Ditka described Payton as the greatest football player he had ever seen—but even greater as a human being.


  23. John David Washington
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    John David Washington

    4,709 views

    John David Washington (born July 28, 1984) is an American actor and former American football running back. He played college football at Morehouse. Professionally, Washington spent four years as the running back for the United Football League's California franchise, staying with the team through its entire history. After the UFL's failure, Washington shifted to an acting career.


  24. LaDainian Tomlinson
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    LaDainian Tomlinson

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    LaDainian Tramayne Tomlinson (born June 23, 1979) is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He played the majority of his 11-year career with the San Diego Chargers, who selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. Tomlinson was selected to five Pro Bowls, was an All-Pro six times, and won two rushing titles (2006 and 2007). At the time of his retirement, he ranked fifth in career rushing yards (13,684), seventh in all-purpose yards (18,456), second in career rushing touchdowns (145), and third in total touchdowns (162). He currently serves as an analyst on NFL Network.


  25. Jamal Lewis
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    Jamal Lewis

    3,087 views

    Jamal Phillips (born April 26, 1978), who performs under the mononym Jamal, is an American rapper and music producer. He started his career as one-half of rap duo Illegal, the rap act formed by Dallas Austin in the early 1990s.


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