3 Best NFL Running Backs to Ever Come Out of Clemson

Zach Brunner
C.J. Spiller was drafted ninth overall out of Clemson.
C.J. Spiller was drafted ninth overall out of Clemson. / Bob Levey/Getty Images
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The Clemson Tigers football program has seen incredible success under coach Dabo Swinney, winning games and putting a number of great players into the NFL. However, there have been Clemson players to have success in the NFL long before Swinney became the head coach.

These are the best NFL running backs ever to come out of the Clemson football program.

3. C.J. Spiller, 2010-17

C.J. Spiller was an electric running back with a ton of potential, being taken ninth overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. However, he never quite lived up to the hype. Spiller struggled with injuries and put together just two seasons of 1,000 yards or more from scrimmage. He finished his career with 4,935 total yards and 21 touchdowns, while averaging 4.8 yards per carry.

2. Kevin Mack, 1985-93

Kevin Mack spent his entire career with the Cleveland Browns, and he came out of the gates quickly. He was voted to a Pro Bowl in his rookie season and also ran for 1,104 yards with seven touchdowns. Unfortunately, that would be his lone 1,000-yard rushing season. However, he would make one more Pro Bowl and he totaled over 900 yards from scrimmage in five of his nine NFL seasons, along with 54 total touchdowns.

1. Terry Allen, 1991-2001

Terry Allen had a productive NFL career, being drafted in the ninth round to the Minnesota Vikings, but also spending time with the Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and the Baltimore Ravens. Allen put together four 1,000-yard rushing seasons, including three straight following a lost 1993 season to a knee injury. He finished his 10-year career with 10,215 total yards and 79 touchdowns.


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