3 Greatest Running Backs in Eagles History

Jason Schandl
The greatest running backs in Philadelphia Eagles history, including LeSean McCoy.
The greatest running backs in Philadelphia Eagles history, including LeSean McCoy. / Patrick Smith/Getty Images
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The Philadelphia Eagles finally won their first Super Bowl in 2017, but the long drought before that doesn't mean this isn't a franchise with a rich history. They won three NFL championships before the Super Bowl era, and there have been some incredible players to suit up in Philly over the years.

With that in mind, here's a look at the three greatest running backs in Eagles history.

Best Philadelphia Eagles Running Backs of All Time

3. Brian Westbrook (2002-2009)

Brian Westbrook is third on the Eagles' all-time rushing list.
Brian Westbrook is third on the Eagles' all-time rushing list. / Hunter Martin/Getty Images

Brian Westbrook was ahead of his time, thriving as both a rusher and receiver out of the backfield. The 2007 first-team All-Pro racked up 5,995 yards on the ground (third in franchise history) as well as 3,790 yards through the air (14th in franchise history) over eight seasons in Philly.

2. LeSean McCoy (2009-2014)

LeSean McCoy has the most rushing yards of any Eagles running back.
LeSean McCoy has the most rushing yards of any Eagles running back. / Rob Carr/Getty Images

LeSean McCoy never made it to a Super Bowl like Westbrook did, but he certainly made a splash in the backfield. He is the franchise's all-time rushing yard leader (6,792), and he added 2,282 receiving yards while scoring 54 total touchdowns. He was a two-time first-team All-Pro with the Eagles and led the NFL in rushing in 2013. That was all in just six seasons as an Eagle.

1. Steve Van Buren (1944-1951)

Steve Van Buren is still the greatest Eagles running back of all time.
Steve Van Buren is still the greatest Eagles running back of all time. / Vic Stein/Getty Images

Stats from his era may not look impressive, but we can't discount what Steve Van Buren did in Philly. He was the centerpiece of an Eagles offense that finished as a top-two unit in scoring five times in a six-year stretch from 1944 to 1949. They lost the NFL championship in 1947, but then put together back-to-back wins in '48 and '49. The Hall-of-Famer led the NFL in rushing four times during that stretch, being named an All-Pro on six occasions.


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