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 Larry Csonka 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. - PackFan2005

2 Jim Taylor 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. - PackFan2005

Jimmy Taylor should be # 1 for sure, just compare and look at his and Csonka stats and others. When this dude got the ball and through the line he looked for some poor fella to run over not try to run around or fake them out, head straight for them. I think he was the first player from the late 1950’s and 1960’s Green Bay Packer dynasty and team to be inducted in the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1976. It was the second year of his eligibility, of course Lombardi was first to be inducted from the team. Taylor has five rings, Three World Championship, Super Bowl 1 and a Hall of Fame ring which has to rank up there with any of those championships or Super Bowl 1. Look at the NFL and team records he held for a long time but have been broken now. I think the last was the team record “rushing yard for the season” that record was broken by Ahman Green when the Packers had Bret Farve and they won the Super Bowl that year. I think one of his most impressive records was the “five ...more

3 Bronko Nagurski 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. - PackFan2005

4 Mike Alstott Mike Alstott

I'm very bias because of my love for The Tampa Bay Buccaneers but The A-Train was a force to be reckoned with.

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.

Like Nagurski, his numbers weren’t prolific. But he was a force on the once potent Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After all, he is a six time pro bowler and won Super Bowl XXXVII with Tampa Bay. - PackFan2005

5 Jim Brown Jim Brown James Nathaniel Brown is 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. - PackFan2005

6 Marion Motley 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. - PackFan2005

7 Franco Harris Franco Harris Franco Harris is a former 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. - PackFan2005

8 Larry Centers Larry Centers
9 Lorenzo Neal Lorenzo Neal
10 Tony Richardson Tony Richardson

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The Contenders

11 John Riggins 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. - PackFan2005

12 Earl Campbell 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. - PackFan2005

13 Tom Rathman 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. - PackFan2005

14 Daryl Johnston Daryl Johnston
15 Christian Okoye Christian Okoye

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