Feb. 2, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA: Dallas Cowboys former running back Emmitt Smith (right) with wife Patricia Southall on the red carpet prior to the Super Bowl XLVII NFL Honors award show at Mahalia Jackson Theater. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rank The Greatest Dallas Cowboys Running Backs of All-Time


Aug 2, 2013; Canton, OH, USA; Emmitt Smith at the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinees Gold Jacket Dinner at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Emmitt Smith is considered by many to be the greatest running back in the history of the National Football League, much less of the Dallas Cowboys. But after the league’s all-time rushing leader, and the legendary Tony Dorsett, the list of the greatest Cowboy running backs can get a bit hazy. From well-known names like Herschel Walker and Walt Garrison, to relative unknowns like Curvin Richards and Junior Tautalatasi; I have listed the 99 players who have been a member of the Cowboys backfield as a running back or fullback at some point in the franchise’s illustrious history. Some wore the Star for over a decade. While others didn’t even make it through the offseason. Still, they are all listed below and ready to be ranked by you, the die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan.

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  • SmartThinking

    That’s easy. Dorsett. Walker. Garrison.

    • PaulTX

      I think you left off Emmitt.

  • PaulTX

    Herschal Walker had to be the most valuable. Biggest trade in NFL history.

  • a smith

    Those were all good and dont forget Calvin Hill.

  • Stu

    Tony Fiammetta needs to be included on the list.

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    Many fans did not see Calvin Hill play. Otherwise he would be ahead of Herschel Walker. Herschel was more trade bait than a great contributor to the Dallas Cowboy’s offense.