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3 Best NFL Running Backs to Ever Come Out of Tennessee

Jason Schandl
The greatest NFL running backs to ever come out of Tennessee, including Jamal Lewis.
The greatest NFL running backs to ever come out of Tennessee, including Jamal Lewis. / Focus On Sport/Getty Images

When most people think of University of Tennessee players in the NFL, their mind is going straight to Peyton Manning. He's not the only great pro to come out of Tennessee, though.

Here are the three greatest NFL running backs that ever suited up for the Tennessee Volunteers.

3. Alvin Kamara

The sky looks to be the limit for Alvin Kamara, who has plenty of time to climb this list with just three NFL seasons under his belt. He has already amassed 4,476 yards from scrimmage, which is 15th all-time for Tennessee grads at any position, as well as seventh among running backs. He has done that in 45 games, while every RB ahead of him on the yardage list played at least 80 games and had at least 1,100 touches (compared to Kamara's 728) in the pros.

2. Arian Foster

Arian Foster didn't have a long peak to his NFL career, but his per-game numbers are hard to ignore. His 81.6 rushing yards per game are the most of anyone in school history, and he ranks second in rushing touchdowns with 54. He contributed plenty of value through the air as well, with 2,346 yards and 14 touchdowns as a receiver in his eight pro seasons. Not bad for an undrafted free agent.

1. Jamal Lewis

The only Volunteer to ever hit 10,000 rushing yards in the pros, Jamal Lewis (10,607) has over 3,000 more yards on the ground than the second-placed Charlie Garner. His 58 touchdowns are also the most in the group. Lewis won a Super Bowl as a rookie in the 2000 season, and he then went on to earn first-team All-Pro honors in 2003, when he became one of only seven players (five, at the time) to rush for at least 2,000 yards in a single season (2,066).

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