3 Greatest Running Backs in Bengals History

Max Staley
Corey Dillon is one of the best running backs in Bengals history.
Corey Dillon is one of the best running backs in Bengals history. / George Gojkovich/Getty Images
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The Cincinnati Bengals have been mired in a bit of a down stretch lately, but they still have a pretty rich history. And they've always managed to field some top-tier talents, across a variety of positions. Running back is certainly no exception.

With that in mind, let's take a look at the three best running backs in Bengals' history.

3. Rudi Johnson (2001-07)

Rudi Johnson is one of the best Bengals' running backs ever.
Rudi Johnson is one of the best Bengals' running backs ever. / Joe Murphy/Getty Images

Rudi Johnson narrowly edges out Pete Johnson for the No. 3 slot on this list. While Pete had the edge in rushing touchdowns 64 to 48, Rudi has the edge pretty much everywhere else. He's got more rushing yards (5,742 to 5,421), more carries (1,441 to 1,402) and a significant advantage in yards per game (70.9 to 57.7). Rudi also had three consecutive seasons with at least 1,300 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, while Pete only had one 1,000-yard season.

2. James Brooks (1984-91)

James Brooks is one of the best Bengals running backs ever.
James Brooks is one of the best Bengals running backs ever. / Rick Stewart/Getty Images

James Brooks' 6,447 rushing yards is the second-best mark in franchise history. He's also fourth in rushing touchdowns (37). Unlike both Johnsons, who made a combined two Pro-Bowl appearances, Brooks was named to four Pro Bowls during his eight-year tenure in Cincinnati.

1. Corey Dillon (1997-03)

Corey Dillon is the best Bengals running back of all-time.
Corey Dillon is the best Bengals running back of all-time. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

But he can't best the top name on this list, Corey Dillon. Dillon was unstoppable in Cincinnati, tallying at least 1,300 yards from scrimmage in each of his first six seasons at the NFL level. From 2000-2002 Dillon was one of just two players that racked up at least 4,000 rushing yards, joining only Ricky Williams. Dillon was named to three consecutive Pro Bowls in Cincinnati, and is the Bengals' all-time leader in attempts (1,865), yards per game (75.3) and rushing yards (8,061).


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