Ronnie Harmon, running back
Ronnie Harmon began his career with the Buffalo Bills after they chose him in the first round of the 1986 draft. When thinking about the best dual-threat running backs in NFL history, Harmon’s name rarely comes up, but it should.
Harmon was a quick, solid runner but his ability as a receiver out of the backfield was as good as the league has seen.
After four years in Buffalo, he came to the Chargers prior to the start of the 1990 season. The team never relied on him to be the featured running back, but he played the third-down back role as well as any player in NFL history.
In 1992, Harmon caught 79 passes. Only five players in the entire league that year had more, and none of them were running backs. He was selected to the Pro Bowl that year as a result.
Perhaps his most impressive stat was that he never missed a game in his six seasons with the team. He was durable and dependable and it seemed like whenever the team needed a play, Harmon was there to make one.
He is the only player in NFL history to have averaged 4.5 yards per carry on a minimum of 600 rushing attempts while also averaging 10 yards per reception on at least 550 receptions.
In the Chargers’ lone Super Bowl appearance in team history, Harmon led the team with eight catches.
He finished his tenure with the team with 1,639 yards rushing and 378 receptions for 3,939 yards. To this day, he still ranks No. 8 on the team’s all-time receptions list. And here’s another stat that you will make you do a double-take. He was targeted 382 times and caught 378 of those passes. That is nothing short of incredible.