NFL Hall of Fame RBs Quiz


By: Nathan Chandler

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

They ran their way into fans' hearts and the Hall of Fame. How much do you know about the NFL's Hall of Fame running backs? Take this quiz and find out!

Which player holds the NFL all-time rushing record?

Emmitt Smith played for both Dallas and Arizona, amassing 18,355 yards in his legendary career. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.


Who was the first RB to gain more than 10,000 yards rushing and 5,000 yards receiving?

Marcus Allen was not only a good runner, but he had great hands. This helped him to amass more than 5,000 receiving yards.


Which running back holds the single-season rushing record?

In 1984, Eric Dickerson ran for 2,105 yards, a feat that has never been topped. His average yardage per carry was 5.6.


In 1993, with which team did Marcus Allen reach the AFC Championship game?

Allen joined Joe Montana in Kansas City, and the duo helped KC reach the AFC Championship game, where they lost to Buffalo.


How many yards per game did Jim Brown average during the 1963 season?

Brown was a machine in 1963, to the tune of 133 yards per game. He ran for 1,863 yards, which is still Cleveland's franchise record.


What was NOT one of Walter Payton's nicknames?

He was never Little Man, but he was sometimes called Little Monk or Sugarman. The name that really stuck, though, was Sweetness.


How many rushing TDs did Walter Payton score?

He scored 110 rushing TDs, which was the all-time record during his playing days. He was also the emotional leader of the Bears during their Super Bowl run.


What year did Walter Payton begin his rookie season in the NFL?

Payton burst onto the NFL scene in 1975. He rushed for 679 yards that year and then blossomed the following season.


Which Hall of Fame running back also had a successful acting career?

Jim Brown set all sorts of records as Cleveland's star back. He also appeared in dozens of movies, such as "The Dirty Dozen" and "L.A. Heat."


Which star running back was nicknamed "The Bus"?

Jerome Bettis was a large, powerful running back who was called "The Bus." In his early days with the Rams, he was also called "The Battering Ram."


In the first game of the 2004 season, how many yards did Jerome Bettis gain on five carries?

He ran for total of 1 yard … and he scored three TDs. Bettis was often used for very short yardage situations where his large, powerful body made him virtually unstoppable.


Why wasn't Thurman Thomas selected until the second round of the 1988 draft?

Thomas suffered a painful knee injury that seriously affected his draft stock. He was taken by the Bills as the 40th overall pick.


With which team did Curtis Martin begin his NFL career?

Martin was selected by the Patriots in the third round of the draft. When he became a free agent, he signed with the Jets.


Which player was the first from the 1990 draft to be inducted into the Hall of Fame?

Emmitt Smith was inducted into the Hall in 2010, making him the first player from the 1990 draft to become a Hall of Famer.


Curtis Martin was drafted in 1995. During which season did he run for his career high in yardage?

Martin didn’t hit his yardage peak until 2004, his tenth season in the NFL. That year, he ran for 1,697 yards and scored 14 total TDs.


Which Hall of Fame RB was born in Wichita, Kansas?

Barry Sanders was born and raised in Wichita. During his high school days, he was stuck behind his brother on the team's depth chart.


When did Barry Sanders become the starting RB at Oklahoma St.?

In college, Sanders didn't get many carries his first two years because Thurman Thomas was the star back. In his junior year, Sanders finally had his moment to shine.


In his junior year at Oklahoma State, how many yards per carry did Barry Sanders average?

Sanders averaged a jaw-dropping 7.6 yards per carry. He ran for 2,850 yards, scored 42 TDs and then left for the NFL.


Which running back was part of a group of star players called "The Triplets"?

Dallas QB Troy Aikman, wide receiver Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith were The Triplets, three all-star players who led their team to title after title.


With which team did Thurman Thomas play after leaving Buffalo?

Thomas played nine games for the Dolphins but then suffered a knee injury that ended his celebrated career. In Buffalo, he's still revered despite leaving the Bills for their hated rival.


Where did John Riggins play college football?

Riggins was raised in Kansas and went to KU. The Jets selected him in the first round of the 1971 NFL draft.


How old was John Riggins when he set the then-single-season rushing TD record?

Riggins was 34 yards old when he rushed for 24 TDs, then a record. When he was 36 years old, he had more than 30 rushing attempts in a single game.


In the 1999 draft, Edgerrin James was selected before which Heisman Trophy winner?

James was selected ahead of Ricky Williams, a move that made many critics scoff. In the end, James's career was substantially better than Williams'.


For how many teams did Eric Dickerson play during his 12-year NFL career?

Dickerson gained his fame with the Rams, but he also had stints with the Colts, Raiders and Falcons.


Where did Marshall Faulk play college football?

Faulk was a standout player for San Diego State. In his second college game he had 386 yards … and seven TDs.


Who was the fastest player to gain 10,000 yards from scrimmage?

Edgerrin James needed only 78 games to exceed 10,000 yards from scrimmage. He was also the youngest player to gain more than 12,000 yards from scrimmage.


With which team did Tony Dorsett retire?

Dorsett did most of his NFL time with the Cowboys but played for Denver at the very end of his career. A lot of players do this, although many return for a final season.


Franco Harris was voted to how many consecutive Pro Bowls?

Harris played 13 seasons and was voted to the Pro Bowl nine straight times. He rushed for more than 12,000 yards in his career.


Marshall Faulk had his best single-season rushing performance with which team?

Faulk was very productive for both the Rams and Colts, but his best year was with the Rams in 2001, when he ran for 1,382 yards.


What was Tony Dorsett's longest career run?

In 1983, Dorsett had a 99-yard TD run against the Vikings … meaning that in one play he registered a good chunk of that season's 745-yard tally.


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