Football players have more to memorize and way more dynamics to deal with . Basketball is also very strategic. Socce, same.
Distance running is: "Can I run X amount of minutes, tolerating a pain up to some Y threshold while at every minute keeping sure not to cross Y threshold of pain." In other words, it's very one dimensional, 2 dimensional at most in terms of strategic thinking involved.
And don't give me the line about the game changing for the pros...at ALL levels in the 3 sports I mentioned, you're doing a large amount of strategic thinking.
And I say this as a runner myself who has only played soccer among the 3 sports mentioned.