Tennessee Titans: 15 best running backs in franchise history

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11. player. 148. . RB. (1974-81). Ronnie Coleman

  • Best season: 1975
  • 790 rushing yards, five rushing touchdowns
  • 125 receiving yards

Not to be confused by the massive bodybuilder who can pick up more weight than a forklift, Ronnie Coleman is this high this list because his résumé is more impressive than any one particular category.

As a jack of all trades, Coleman was part running back, part receiver and part return man with some gadget passes thrown in there as well. He was a Swiss Army knife in the backfield and still ended up as the franchise’s eighth leading running back in rushing yards.

A very long career for his time, combined with three years as the Oilers’ bell-cow in the backfield, puts him just ahead of some other names on this list, whose careers were either shorter or were propped up by one great year.

However, with some surprising names in front of him, it may be fair to ask if he is ranked too low if you value stability and consistency. That being said, his best season listed above was only 790 rushing yards, five rushing touchdowns, and 125 receiving yards.

Many players on this all-time list did have better statistical seasons than did Coleman. However, longevity helps him out here, having him push towards the top 10 in this all-time ranking of Oilers/Titans running backs.