Best NFL Fullbacks of All Time

Fullback is the most unappreciated position in the NFL, yet it has produced household names to never forget. Some may not be known well, but we’ll be looking at the greatest fullbacks in NFL history.
The Top Ten
1 Mike Alstott

Best pure fullback to play the game. Literally could do it all, blocking, running and catching. Not to mention the fact that he was the heart and soul of the Superbowl running team. Listen to other key players on that team like Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp and John Lynch. Alstott was the identity of Bucs Ball.

Another "Thunder and Lightning" like mentioned before with Dunn. I think what's been overlooked on This list.. is TOUCHDOWNS... this guy has 71 Touchdowns (more than even Csonka)! I can't think of too many people during his time that were more potent at the goal line.. not to mention.. the guy could Catch!.. Should be 1 or 2 in my book.

2 Larry Csonka

Wow, what a career. He is a two time super bowl champion, and he won Super Bowl VIII MVP. This is a fullback we are talking about. Not to mention his NFL Comeback Player of the Year award and five pro bowl nods.

Was simply unstoppable in his prime watched every game stats do not show the frustration on the faces of defensive line mans face after being run over for 25th consecutive time for yet another first down.

Clearly the greatest Fullback ever. A lot of people on this list played a Halfback role.

3 Jim Brown James Nathaniel Brown was a former professional American football player and actor. He was a running back for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League from 1957 through 1965.

One of the most prolific NFL players of all time. He played with the Cleveland Browns, and wouldn't you know it, they were an excellent team back then. He brought the Browns to NFL championships, and he won them. His runs are ones no one would soon forget. A bright spot in a good part of Browns history.

Fast, punishing runner, and hard to tackle.

More of a halfback than fullback, but best at both positions ever

4 Franco Harris Franco Harris was an American football player. He played his NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks. In the 1972 NFL Draft he was picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round, the 13th selection overall.

Most remember him for the immaculate reception, but at the same time, he was an amazing runner during the Pittsburgh Steelers dynasty. He's one of the elite fullbacks in NFL history.

He's one of the great ones. He had great durability, and he's a great all-around player.

As a Cowboys fan, he was the enemy, but can't deny his talent.

5 Jim Taylor

He was a duo partner to Paul Hornung in the 1960's. Those two put up numbers together, and were nicknamed "Thunder and Lightning." Jim Taylor was a key runner of the Green Bay Packers 1960's dynasty. When injury prone Hornung was out, Taylor took the bulk of the carries, and it payed off. But, he played at the same time as Jim Brown, and was often overshadowed.

The Packers might not have been what we know today without Jim Taylor because, when push came to shove, he's who Lombardi chose to pick up the slack. Jim Taylor beat out Jim Brown for the rushing title. Yes, I said JIM BROWN. Csonka never won a rushing title, and he certainly didn't have 5 straight 1000-yard seasons (average of 13 or 14 total games [week 1-championship SB]). If that isn't convincing enough, Jim Taylor only played for the Saints for one season, even though they had a 3-12 record. They still retired Jim Taylor's number 31, something I feel as if Green Bay should have done a long time ago.

6 Bronko Nagurski Bronislau "Bronko" Nagurski was a Canadian-born American football player, renowned for his strength and size.

Man, for playing in the 30's, he was one heck of a player. While his numbers didn't stick out, he was a great runner who helped the Chicago Bears win three NFL Championships.

7 Earl Campbell Earl Christian Campbell is a former American football running back who played professionally in the National Football League for the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints.

While some consider him a running back, I think of him as a fullback, due to extremely tough runs. He would be even greater if he had played for a Super Bowl winning team, but the Oilers had ups and downs. He was one of the toughest fullbacks in NFL history.

As a kid I was glued to the T.V. set at any chance to watch him play! He simply mowed defensive lineman down. He was beast mode of the day!

Legs like tree trunks. You didn't bring him down one on one.

8 Marion Motley

He split time between linebacker and fullback, but you couldn't deny his running talent. He played at a time when the Cleveland Browns were a good team. He won the 1950 championship with them, and made a pro bowl once. Also, like most on the list, is a pro football hall of famer.

9 John Riggins

He's lower because he played half of the time at fullback, and another half at running back. Still, he's one of the most accomplished rushers in NFL history, winning Super Bowl XVII and being voted MVP of it. Yet, he only had a lone pro bowl in his career. He also had over 100 career touchdowns and over 11,000 rushing yards.

The Diesel: 104 rushing touchdowns, Super Bowl MVP. He got better as the game went on

As A Cowboys fan I hated him, but he was a beast.

10 Larry Centers
The Contenders
11 Kyle Juszczyk

Has it all, including deep threat when they forget him for a moment!

Best hands if any fullback ever!

There's a reason he is the highest paid Fullback in the history of the league

12 Lorenzo Neal

Best blocking fullback of all time, hands down.

13 Daryl Johnston

Nicknamed the Moose. Over-shadowed by #22, obviously. But, could scratch up those short yards in the red-zone or on 4 and 1. Great hands and served as an additional threat in the passing game. Aikman wasn't afraid to dump a pass off to Johnston out of the backfield for a couple of yards. Underrated as a player on account of the Triplets.

The Best Blocking Fullback of all-time. Hands down.

Solid, one of the most dependable ever.

14 Jarome Bettis
15 Christian Okoye

Would you be scared if a man that was 6'3, 250 pounds was coming at you with 4.40 speed and was nicknamed the Nigerian Nightmare?

During his prime he was unstoppable.

16 Tony Richardson

Blocked for 2,000 yd season for Priest Holmes & Adrian Peterson.
He also blocked for Emmit Smith, Ladaniel Tomlinson & Thomas Jones.
He is by far one of the most feared FB from the LB perspective in NFL history

17 Tom Rathman

And so I've gotten to the point on the list where I don't know who to put down, because there just aren't enough good fullbacks to rank. So, I went with my gut on Rathman. Decent yards, decent amount of touchdowns for a fullback, and a two time super bowl champion. Not very special, but still pretty good.

18 James Develin

One of the best fullbacks of all time, keep hating on the pats but him and his talent has been a major part of the later part of the Patriots Dynasty

19 Vonta Leach

Absolute animal. Was one of the best blocking fullbacks ever.

20 Mack Strong

One of the last great lead blocking fullbacks, having paved the way for Ricky Watters, John Williams, and Shaun Alexander, Strong was also pretty versatile out of the backfield for a 250-pound mauler.

21 Cory Schlesinger

Cory Schlesinger was a key piece of multiple Lions super bowl teams

22 John Kuhn
23 Anthony Sherman
24 Marv Hubbard
25 Marcel Reece
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