16.6k readers

List of Famous Football Fullbacks

Updated June 14, 2019 16.6k views566 items

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?"
  • Jim Brown1

    Jim Brown

    Running back, Fullback

    BirthplaceSt. Simons, Georgia, USA


    TeamsCleveland Browns, Syracuse Orange football

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

    More Jim Brown 

    #297 of 310 The Coolest Actors Ever#378 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

  • John Riggins2

    John Riggins

    Running back, Fullback

    BirthplaceSeneca, Kansas, United States of America


    TeamsWashington Redskins, New York Jets

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

    More John Riggins 

    #3 of 115 The Greatest Washington Redskins of All Time#1081 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time

  • Larry Csonka3

    Larry Csonka

    Running back, Fullback

    BirthplaceStow, Ohio, United States of America


    TeamsSyracuse Orange football, Miami Dolphins, Memphis Southmen, New York Giants

    Larry Richard Csonka (; born December 25, 1946) is a former professional American football...  more

    More Larry Csonka 

    #8 of 27 The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s#10 of 47 The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time

  • Jim Taylor4

    Jim Taylor

    Running back, Fullback

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana


    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, LSU Tigers football, Green Bay Packers

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

    More Jim Taylor 

    #24 of 146 The Best LSU Football Players of All Time#60 of 135 The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time

  • Roger Craig5

    Roger Craig

    Running back, Fullback

    BirthplaceDavenport, Iowa, United States of America


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

    More Roger Craig 

    #11 of 57 The Best NFL Players From Iowa#3 of 30 The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Running Backs of All Time

  • Bronko Nagurski6

    Bronko Nagurski

    Running back, Fullback

    BirthplaceRainy River, Canada

    AgeDied at 82 (1908-1990)

    TeamsMinnesota Golden Gophers football, Chicago Bears

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

    More Bronko Nagurski 

    #97 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#31 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

  • Marion Motley7

    Marion Motley

    Running back, Fullback

    BirthplaceLeesburg, Georgia

    AgeDec. at 79 (1920-1999)

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

    More Marion Motley 

    #129 of 154 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time#15 of 60 The Best NFL Players From Georgia

  • Todd Christensen8

    Todd Christensen

    Fullback, Tight end

    BirthplaceBellefonte, Pennsylvania

    AgeDied at 57 (1956-2013)

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


    #50 of 107 College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon#23 of 87 The Greatest Tight Ends Of All Time

  • John Henry Johnson9

    John Henry Johnson

    Running back, Fullback

    BirthplaceWaterproof, Louisiana

    AgeDec. at 82 (1929-2011)

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, Houston Oilers, Arizona State Sun Devils football, San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions

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

    More John Henry Johnson 

    #57 of 127 The Best Pittsburgh Steelers of All Time#54 of 60 The Best NFL Players From Louisiana

  • William Perry10

    William Perry

    Defensive tackle, Fullback

    BirthplaceAiken, South Carolina, United States of America


    TeamsChicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, London Monarchs, Clemson Tigers football

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

    More William Perry 

    #425 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021#109 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Mike Tolbert11

    Mike Tolbert

    Running back, Halfback

    BirthplaceDouglasville, Georgia


    TeamsCoastal Carolina Chanticleers football, Carolina Panthers, San Diego Chargers

    William Michael Tolbert (born November 23, 1985) is an American football fullback who is...  more
  • Joe Perry12

    Joe Perry

    Running back, Fullback

    BirthplaceStephens, Arkansas

    AgeDied at 84 (1927-2011)

    Fletcher Joseph Perry (January 22, 1927 – April 25, 2011) was a professional American football...  more
  • Vonta Leach13

    Vonta Leach


    BirthplaceRowland, North Carolina


    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, Houston Texans, East Carolina Pirates football, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens

    Terzell Vonta Leach ( VON-tay LEETCH; born November 6, 1981) is a former American football...  more
  • Tom Rathman14

    Tom Rathman


    BirthplaceGrand Island, Nebraska


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

    More Tom Rathman 

    #18 of 69 The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time#11 of 99 The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time

  • Jason Snelling15

    Jason Snelling

    Running back, Fullback

    BirthplaceToms River, New Jersey


    TeamsVirginia Cavaliers football, Atlanta Falcons

    Jason Michael Snelling (born December 29, 1983) is a former American football running back. He...  more
  • Jim Kleinsasser16

    Jim Kleinsasser

    H-back, Fullback

    BirthplaceCarrington, North Dakota


    TeamsMinnesota Vikings

    Jimmy Carter Kleinsasser (; born January 31, 1977) is a former American Football player who...  more
  • Alex Webster17

    Alex Webster

    Running back, Halfback

    BirthplaceKearny, New Jersey

    AgeDec. at 81 (1931-2012)

    Alexander "Red" Webster (April 19, 1931 – March 3, 2012) was an American football fullback and...  more
  • John Kuhn18

    John Kuhn

    Running back, Halfback

    BirthplaceDover, Pennsylvania


    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers

    John Allen Kuhn (born September 9, 1982) is a former American football fullback. After playing...  more
  • Chris Cooley19

    Chris Cooley

    Fullback, Tight end

    BirthplacePowell, Grant Village, Wyoming, United States of America


    TeamsWashington Redskins, Utah State Aggies football

    Christopher Ken "Chris" Cooley (born July 11, 1982) is a former American football tight end...  more
  • Emil Sitko20

    Emil Sitko

    Running back, Halfback

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana

    AgeDec. at 50 (1923-1973)

    Emil "Red" Sitko (September 7, 1923 – December 15, 1973) was an American football player. Born...  more
  • Daryl Johnston21

    Daryl Johnston

    Running back, Fullback

    BirthplaceYoungstown, New York, United States of America


    TeamsSyracuse Orange football, Dallas Cowboys

    Daryl Peter "Moose" Johnston (born February 10, 1966) is a former fullback in the National...  more
  • Alan Ameche22

    Alan Ameche

    Running back, Fullback

    BirthplaceKenosha, Wisconsin

    AgeDec. at 55 (1933-1988)

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

    More Alan Ameche 

    #41 of 83 The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time#124 of 143 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

  • Montell Owens23

    Montell Owens

    Running back, Fullback

    BirthplacePlainfield, New Jersey


    TeamsJacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions

    Montell Ernest Owens (born May 4, 1984) is a former American football fullback. He played...  more
  • Matt Suhey24

    Matt Suhey

    Running back, Fullback

    BirthplaceBellefonte, Pennsylvania


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

    More Matt Suhey 

    #43 of 94 The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time#7 of 24 The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time

  • Ernie Nevers25

    Ernie Nevers

    Running back, Fullback

    BirthplaceWillow River, Minnesota

    AgeDied at 74 (1902-1976)

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

    More Ernie Nevers 

    #14 of 49 The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time#32 of 225 The Best Arizona Cardinals of All Time