First and 10: Asmussen's 10 all-time best Big Ten running backs

First and 10: Asmussen's 10 all-time best Big Ten running backs

Our college football writer ranks the Big Ten's all-time best running backs:

1. Archie Griffin, Ohio State

Only two-time Heisman Trophy winner remains among the FBS rushing leaders almost 45 (his college number) years after his career ended.

2. Ron Dayne, Wisconsin

The Heisman winner in 1999 ran for 2,034 yards and 20 touchdowns his final season. He's the No. 2 rusher in FBS history behind San Diego State's Donnel Pumphrey.

3. Red Grange, Illinois

If there had been a Heisman Trophy in 1924 he would have been the runaway winner. His move to the NFL helped legitimize pro football.

4. Franco Harris, Penn State

You might have heard of his signature play: "The Immaculate Reception." He could run, too, ranking first among former Big Ten players in career NFL yards.

5. Eddie George, Ohio State

Heisman Trophy winner in 1995 had a stellar NFL career, topping 10,000 yards. He has found a second calling in life as an actor.

6. Anthony Thompson, Indiana

Two-time Big Ten MVP ranks 13th on the FBS career rushing chart, gaining 5,299 yards.

7. Mike Pruitt, Purdue

Underrated Boilermaker standout was a first-round pick in the 1976 NFL draft. Had a strong career with the Browns, Bills and Chiefs, running for 7.378 yards.

8. Mike Rozier, Nebraska

Heisman winner in 1983 gained 2,148 yards and scored 29 touchdowns for a 12-1 team. He later played for the Pittsburgh Maulers in the USFL and was a first-round pick by the Oilers in the supplemental draft.

9. Ahman Green, Nebraska

After gaining 1,877 yards and scoring 22 TDs for 1997 national champs, the third-round draft pick ran for 9.205 yards with the Seahawks, Packers and Texans. Had six 1,000-yard years in Green Bay.

10. Curt Warner, Penn State

In a close call over fellow Nittany Lions Lydell Mitchell and Larry Johnson. The No. 3 pick in the 1983 NFL draft had four 1,000-yard seasons with the Seahawks.

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