3 Greatest Running Backs in Raiders History

Max Staley
Marcus Allen is the greatest running back in Raiders history.
Marcus Allen is the greatest running back in Raiders history. / Kirby Lee/Getty Images
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Though the move to Las Vegas is a big change of scenery, the Raiders have had a long history of success in the NFL. They've had some all-time greats at quite a few different positions, and running back is certainly no exception.

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

3. Mark Van Eeghen (1974-81)

Mark Van Eeghen was one of the best Raiders' running backs of all time.
Mark Van Eeghen was one of the best Raiders' running backs of all time. / Fred Roe/Getty Images

Mark Van Eeghen has the second-most rushing yards in franchise history (5,907) and his 35 scores on the ground are the third-best mark. He never made a Pro Bowl for the team, but he put together three straight 1,000-yard seasons on the ground from 1976-78, serving as the leading rusher on two Raiders Super Bowl teams (1976, 1980).

2. Bo Jackson (1987-90)

Bo Jackson was one of the best Raiders' running backs of all time.
Bo Jackson was one of the best Raiders' running backs of all time. / Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Obviously, Bo Jackson wasn't able to sustain his success for too long, playing just four seasons for the Raiders. But his 73.2 rushing yards per game was the best mark in franchise history, until it was topped by Josh Jacobs' tremendous rookie season in 2019. He had a run of at least 88 yards in three of his four NFL seasons, averaging a stellar 5.4 yards per carry during his career. Due to injuries and commitment to playing in the MLB, Bo Jackson is often viewed as one of the biggest "what ifs" in NFL history.

1. Marcus Allen (1982-92)

Marcus Allen is the best RB to ever play for the Raiders.
Marcus Allen is the best RB to ever play for the Raiders. / Kirby Lee/Getty Images

Even a supreme talent like Jackson can't top the best RB in Raiders' history, Marcus Allen. He hit the ground running in his first year in the pros, earning a First-Team All-Pro nod and rushing for a league-leading 11 scores. His 1,759 rushing yards in 1985 led the league that season, and he made five Pro Bowls during his 11-year run with the Raiders.


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