25. Frank Gore
The casual NFL fan might not realize this, but Frank Gore has had a fantastic NFL career.
At 34 years of age, he’s still a starting running back. This fact alone is highly impressive. Gore currently ranks No. 7 All-Time in most rushing yards for a single career (13,574). Assuming he plays the entire 2017 season, Gore will likely leapfrog past both Jerome Bettis and LaDainian Tomlinson to crack the top-five.
The former University of Miami star didn’t have ‘prototype’ physical tools coming out of college. With that said, Gore ran exceptionally hard. He’d pair short, choppy steps with above-average agility. He’s consistently demonstrated an immense patience in seeking out running lanes. Gore’s durability certainly can’t be called into question, either. Add in five Pro Bowl appearances, and there’s no question Gore belongs as one of the best rushers in the history of the NFL.
24. Marshawn Lynch
Putting his proclivity for Skittles aside, Lynch is simply a fantastic football player.
His stop-and-start style of running makes the knees of defenders buckle. Though not a small back by any stretch, Lynch’s elusiveness has led to large chunks of yards after contact. Another aspect of Lynch’s well-rounded game is the power with which he runs. There’s an anger seeping through in virtually every carry he gets.
Lynch has led the league twice in rushing touchdowns. He also can be categorized as a five-time Pro Bowler, a First-Team All-Pro selection, and a Super Bowl Champion.
23. Shaun Alexander
Alexander’s career was a bit shorter when compared to some of his peers listed within the piece. With that said, he was a highly productive player for the Seattle Seahawks franchise.
The former Alabama star is one of only eight NFL players to have accumulated at least 100 rushing touchdowns. During his MVP season in 2005, Alexander accrued 1,880 rushing yards. He also rushed for an eye-popping 27 touchdowns — which totals the second-highest mark for a single season in NFL history (with the record being 28).
Alexander’s brutish running style led to a career in which he rushed for 9,453 yards and 100 touchdowns. He unquestionably is one of the best players to have ever played for Seattle.
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