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List of Famous Football Fullbacks

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List of the most famous (American) football fullbacks in the history of the sport, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. There have been many legendary fullbacks in the NFL and NCAA, and you'll find all of them on this list below. Some of these men are considered to be the best fullbacks to ever play the game, and if you're looking for a specific football player you can look for them by using the "search" function on this list. These amazing fullbacks may currently be active while others have been retired for quite sometime. This list of the top fullbacks in American football includes all the greats from both the NFL and college football.

Items here include everything from Bill Cosby to Jim Brown.

This list answers the questions, "Who is the greatest fullback of all time?" and "Who are the best fullbacks of all time?"
  • 1

    Jim Brown

    Running back, Fullback
    James Nathaniel Brown (born February 17, 1936) is an American former professional football...  more

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    John Riggins

    Running back, Fullback
    Robert John Riggins (born August 4, 1949), nicknamed "The Diesel" and "Riggo", is an American...  more

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  • 3

    Larry Csonka

    Running back, Fullback
    Larry Richard Csonka (; born December 25, 1946) is a former professional American football...  more
  • 4

    Jim Taylor

    Running back, Fullback
    James Charles Taylor (September 20, 1935 – October 13, 2018) was an American football fullback...  more

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  • 5

    Roger Craig

    Running back, Fullback
    Roger Timothy Craig (born July 10, 1960) is an American former football running back in the...  more
  • 6

    Bronko Nagurski

    Running back, Fullback
    Bronislau "Bronko" Nagurski (November 3, 1908 – January 7, 1990) was a Canadian-born American...  more
  • 7

    Marion Motley

    Running back, Fullback
    Marion Motley (June 5, 1920 – June 27, 1999) was an American football fullback and linebacker...  more
  • 8

    Todd Christensen

    Fullback, Tight end
    Todd Jay Christensen (August 3, 1956 – November 13, 2013) was an American football player who...  more


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  • 9

    John Henry Johnson

    Running back, Fullback
    John Henry Johnson (November 24, 1929 – June 3, 2011) was a gridiron football running back...  more
  • 10

    William Perry

    Defensive tackle, Fullback
    William Anthony Perry (born December 16, 1962) is an American former professional football...  more

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  • 11

    Mike Tolbert

    Running back, Halfback
    William Michael Tolbert (born November 23, 1985) is an American football fullback who is...  more
  • 12

    Joe Perry

    Running back, Fullback
    Fletcher Joseph Perry (January 22, 1927 – April 25, 2011) was a professional American football...  more
  • 13

    Vonta Leach

    Terzell Vonta Leach ( VON-tay LEETCH; born November 6, 1981) is a former American football...  more
  • 14

    Tom Rathman

    Thomas Dean Rathman (born October 7, 1962) is a former professional football player, a...  more

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  • 15

    Jason Snelling

    Running back, Fullback
    Jason Michael Snelling (born December 29, 1983) is a former American football running back. He...  more
  • 16

    Jim Kleinsasser

    H-back, Fullback
    Jimmy Carter Kleinsasser (; born January 31, 1977) is a former American Football player who...  more
  • 17

    Alex Webster

    Running back, Halfback
    Alexander "Red" Webster (April 19, 1931 – March 3, 2012) was an American football fullback and...  more
  • 18

    John Kuhn

    Running back, Halfback
    John Allen Kuhn (born September 9, 1982) is a former American football fullback. After playing...  more
  • 19

    Chris Cooley

    Fullback, Tight end
    Christopher Ken "Chris" Cooley (born July 11, 1982) is a former American football tight end...  more
  • 20

    Emil Sitko

    Running back, Halfback
    Emil "Red" Sitko (September 7, 1923 – December 15, 1973) was an American football player. Born...  more
  • 21

    Daryl Johnston

    Running back, Fullback
    Daryl Peter "Moose" Johnston (born February 10, 1966) is a former fullback in the National...  more
  • 22

    Alan Ameche

    Running back, Fullback
    Alan Ameche (; June 1, 1933 – August 8, 1988), nicknamed "The Iron Horse", or simply "The...  more
  • 23

    Montell Owens

    Running back, Fullback
    Montell Ernest Owens (born May 4, 1984) is a former American football fullback. He played...  more
  • 24

    Matt Suhey

    Running back, Fullback
    Matthew Jerome Suhey (born July 7, 1958 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania) is a former professional...  more

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  • 25

    Ernie Nevers

    Running back, Fullback
    Ernest Alonzo Nevers (June 11, 1902 – May 3, 1976), sometimes known by the nickname "Big Dog",...  more