Football is a violent game, and a touchdown pass is a moment when precision and style emerge from a pile of brute force to create something pretty. To go through our list of the 10 best touchdown passes ever is to be exposed to the most beautiful part of football, at least in conventional terms. But let’s not forget the ground game: Although not quite as graceful as a deep pass, there is something picturesque about a big touchdown run. Good touchdown runs are an embrace of football in its original form, before the Mike Leaches and Don Coryells and Bill Walshes of the sport came around and transformed it into a passing-focused game.
Football has indeed shifted toward the pass in recent years. In the NFL, rushing attempts have been declining since the 1980s. But the rush will always be a pivotal part of the sport, and a bulldozing or explosive rushing TD will always be a great symphony of force and skill. To celebrate this essential aspect of the game, here’s our list of the 10 best touchdown runs in football history (including college football and the NFL), in no particular order.