The 15 Best College Running Backs Since 1980Bull City, Football, Lists — By Joe Simmons on August 13, 2012 at 5:00 am
Anytime you would like to start a good argument among sports fans, just offer up your list of the best of anything of all time. Honestly, I don’t see how you can ever do an all-time list on anything because you haven’t been alive for eternity. In essence, when you say all time you can only really speak about what you have seen.
It’s easier for me to keep it in my life span when putting these lists together. I know there are guys who I have heard were great like Jim Brown, O.J. Simpson and Ernie Davis, but I never saw them play personally so I can’t really speak on it. What I can do is speak on what I have seen, and today I am going to try to put together a list that can affirm my take on the college running back.
The college running back has helped determine the success of many teams throughout the years. Evaluating the position is really tough to do because there are so many different styles of runners. For some it’s speed, and for others it’s power. Some are elusive and others are versatile. I was born in the 1970’s so I couldn’t really appreciate the position until the 1980’s. I consider myself a student of the game so I am sure this list will spark some interest.
So here is my own list of college football’s best running backs since 1980.