10 Best NFL Fullbacks Of All Time
The 10 best NFL fullbacks of all time are some of the best blockers, pass receivers and rushers in American football. The fullback is one of two running back positions in the game and is normally the larger of the two. Many of the best runners of the past were fullbacks although, since the 1990's, fullbacks are generally blockers.
- Jim Brown. Jim Brown is one of the best runners of all time and is easily one of the best NFL fullbacks of all time. Over his nine-year career at Cleveland, Brown ran for 12,312 yards and 106 touchdowns. He remained the rushing leader until Walter Payton broke his record.
- Daryl Johnston. Daryl Johnston is one of the best NFL fullbacks of all time, Emmitt Smith’s blocker for three Super Bowl winning Dallas Cowboys teams. Nicknamed “Moose,” Johnston was a prototypical fullback, one of the best blockers in the league while also averaging 42 catches a season from 1993-1996.
- Larry Csonka. Much like Jim Brown, Larry Csonka was the go-to running back for his team but is a natural fullback and one of the best NFL fullbacks of all time. Csonka finished his career as the Miami all-time leading rusher and won three Super Bowl rings.
- John Riggins. During the heyday of the Washington Redskins famed “Hogs,” John Riggins lined up on the offensive side of the ball and became one of the best NFL fullbacks of all time. He retired as the Redskins leading rusher with over 7,000 yards and 79 touchdowns.
- Tom Rathman. While San Francisco was peaking in the 1980's, Tom Rathman developed into one of the best NFL fullbacks of all time, winning two Super Bowls while there. He blocked for tailback Roger Craig while also contributing out of the team’s West Coast offense, leading the league in receiving for running backs in 1989.
- Franco Harris. Hall of Fame fullback Franco Harris played for the Pittsburgh Steelers for twelve years, becoming one of the greatest fullbacks of all time. While he served mostly as a blocker in college, he went to nine Pro Bowls and won four Super Bowl rings in his NFL career.
- Jim Taylor. Jim Taylor played for the Green Bay Packers and remains one of the best NFL fullbacks of all time. Taylor recorded the first rushing touchdown in Super Bowl history in 1967 and was one four championship teams in his time at Green Bay. Taylor was only the second Packers player to run for 1,000 yards and did is five times.
- Mike Alstott. Mike Alstott became the new-look NFL fullback and retired in 2006 as one of the best NFL fullbacks of all time. Over his career, Alstott was a short yardage runner as well as a pass receiver. He finished his career at Tampa Bay with 58 rushing touchdowns and over 300 receptions over eleven seasons.
- Robert Newhouse. Robert Newhouse spent twelve seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and became one of the best NFL fullbacks of all time. When he wasn’t blocking for Hall of Famer's, Tony Dorsett and Roger Staubach, he ran for a lot of yards himself. He retired with 4,784 yards rushing and 31 touchdowns in his career/
- Lorenzo Neal. Lorenzo Neal played for seven years in his prolific NFL career and retired in 2008 as one of the best NFL fullbacks of all time. He wasn’t a rushing fullback but served as the perfect blocking back, playing at San Diego while LaDanian Tomlinson became one of the best runners in the league.