3 Greatest Running Backs in Dolphins History

Jason Schandl
The greatest running backs in Miami Dolphins history, including Larry Csonka.
The greatest running backs in Miami Dolphins history, including Larry Csonka. / Focus On Sport/Getty Images
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The last few years haven't been anything to write home about, but the Miami Dolphins have an incredibly rich history of championship teams and elite players.

The running back position has an especially rich history in Miami, and these are the three greatest in franchise history.

Best Miami Dolphins Running Backs of All Time

3. Jim Kiick (1968-1974)

Jim Kiick is one of the greatest Dolphins running backs of all time.
Jim Kiick is one of the greatest Dolphins running backs of all time. / Kidwiler Collection/Getty Images

Strong arguments could be made for Mercury Morris and even Ronnie Brown in this spot, but Jim Kiick gets the nod. He only played seven seasons in Miami, but he racked up 3,759 rushing yards while showing huge versatility by adding 2,210 as a receiver.

2. Ricky Williams (2002-2003,2005,2007-2010)

Ricky Williams is one of the best Dolphins RBs of all time.
Ricky Williams is one of the best Dolphins RBs of all time. / Rick Stewart/Getty Images

A brief retirement and suspension plagued Ricky Williams' time in Miami, but there's no denying how good he was when he was on the field. He led the NFL in rushing (1,853 yards) and was a first-team All-Pro in his first season with the Dolphins. He didn't reach those heights again, but he did still end up second in franchise history in both yards (6,436) and touchdowns (48) on the ground. As an added bonus, he was a key piece (alongside Brown) in the brief re-emergence of the wildcat offense.

1. Larry Csonka (1968-1979)

Larry Csonka is the greatest running back in Miami Dolphins history.
Larry Csonka is the greatest running back in Miami Dolphins history. / Focus On Sport/Getty Images

This one shouldn't surprise any Dolphins fans. Larry Csonka was the leading rusher for the Miami dynasty of the early 1970s, and he still holds the franchise records for rushing yards (6,737) and touchdowns (53). A two-time All-Pro and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Csonka's highlights included a 112-yard game in Super Bowl VII, capping off the Dolphins' undefeated season. He always seemed to step up in big games, as he went for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns in Super Bowl VIII while the Dolphins went back-to-back the next season.


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