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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



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Richard Burdekin

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Benjamin M Rosen


Since the formation of the National Football League (NFL) in 1920, the playing style has evolved drastically. This thesis examines the relationship of NFL running backs and quarterback’s versatility and their compensation using NFL financial and performance statistics from 2011-2021. The paper then analyzes the effect of a running backs versatility and compensation on their role within their offense. The results show that the relationship between versatility and a running back’s compensation is statistically significant. Whereas the relationship between versatility and a quarterback’s compensation was found to be statistically insignificant. This dichotomy implies that quarterbacks are compensated more being specialized while running backs are compensated for generalization. The results in this thesis also suggest that the diverse role that a running back plays within an offensive system is impacted by their versatility and compensation.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.