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List of Famous Football Halfbacks

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List of the most famous (American) football halfbacks in the history of the sport, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. There have been many legendary halfbacks 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 halfbacks 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 halfbacks may currently be active while others have been retired for quite sometime. This list of the top halfbacks in American football includes all the greats from both the NFL and college football.

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Floyd Little is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Football Halfbacks
Halfback
Floyd Douglas Little is a Pro Football Hall of Fame running back, and was a three-time American football All-American running back at Syracuse University. In 1967 he was the 6th selection of the ...more
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Frank Gifford is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Football Halfbacks
Running back, Cornerback, Halfback
Francis Newton "Frank" Gifford is a former American football player and American sportscaster.
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Ollie Matson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Football Halfbacks
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback
Ollie Genoa Matson II was an American Olympic medal winning sprinter and professional American football running back who played in the National Football League, in 1952 and from 1954 to 1966. He ...more
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Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Football Halfbacks
Doak Walker Running back, Return specialist, Halfback
Ewell Doak Walker, Jr. was an American football player. He played college football as a halfback at Southern Methodist University, where he won the Heisman Trophy in 1948. Walker then played ...more
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Mercury Morris is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Football Halfbacks
Mercury Morris Running back, Halfback
Eugene Edward "Mercury" Morris, is a former American football player, nicknamed early on for his quickness when running with the ball. Morris was a running back and kick returner for ...more
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Bobby Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Football Halfbacks
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback
Robert Cornelius Mitchell is a former American football halfback and flanker in the National Football League for the Cleveland Browns and the Washington Redskins. Mitchell was inducted into the ...more
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Mike Tolbert is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Football Halfbacks
Running back, Halfback, Fullback
William Michael Tolbert, is an American football running back and fullback for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free ...more
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Johnny Lattner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Football Halfbacks
Running back, Halfback
John Joseph "Johnny" Lattner is a former American football player. While playing college football for the University of Notre Dame, he won the Heisman Trophy in 1953. He also won the ...more
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Charley Trippi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Football Halfbacks
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback
Charles Louis Trippi is a former professional American football player for the Chicago Cardinals. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968. Trippi currently resides in Athens, ...more
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Billy Vessels is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Football Halfbacks
Running back, Halfback
Billy Vessels was a gridiron football player. He played college football at the University of Oklahoma and won the Heisman Trophy in 1952. Vessels went on to play professional football with the ...more
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Jim Kiick is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Football Halfbacks
Running back, Halfback
James Forrest Kiick is a former professional football player, a running back for the Miami Dolphins in the American Football League from 1968 to 1969 and in the National Football League from ...more
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Vic Janowicz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Football Halfbacks
Running back, Halfback
Victor Felix "Vic" Janowicz was an American football halfback in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at Ohio State University and was ...more
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George Gipp is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Football Halfbacks
Running back, Halfback, Kickoff returner
George "The Gipper" Gipp was a college football player who played for the University of Notre Dame. Gipp was selected as Notre Dame's first All-American and is Notre Dame's second ...more
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Clem Daniels is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Football Halfbacks
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback
Clemon C. Daniels Jr. is an American former Professional Football star in the American Football League who also played in the NFL.
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Alex Webster is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Football Halfbacks
Running back, Halfback, Fullback
Alexander "Red" Webster was an American football fullback and halfback in the National Football League for the New York Giants. He was also the head coach of the Giants from 1969 to
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John Kuhn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Football Halfbacks
Running back, Halfback, Fullback
John Allen Kuhn is an American football fullback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. After playing college football for Shippensburg University, he was signed by the ...more
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Emil Sitko is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Football Halfbacks
Running back, Halfback, Fullback
Emil "Red" Sitko was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on September 7, 1923. He was of Polish descent. He earned the nickname of "Red" due to his red hair. He attended Central High ...more
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Jack Concannon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Football Halfbacks
Running back, Halfback, Quarterback
John Joseph "Jack" Concannon, Jr. was an American football quarterback in the National Football League.
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Kyle Rote is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Football Halfbacks
Running back, Halfback, Wide receiver
William Kyle Rote, Sr. was an All-American running back at Southern Methodist University, Class of 1951, played for 11 years for the New York Giants, 1951-1961. Following his playing career, ...more
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Harry Gilmer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Football Halfbacks
Halfback, Quarterback, Defensive back
Harry Vincent Gilmer, Jr. is a former American football halfback and quarterback in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions. He was inducted into the College ...more
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Johnny Morris is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Football Halfbacks
Running back, Halfback, Wide receiver
Johnny Edward Morris is a former American football running back/wide receiver in the National Football League. He spent his entire ten-year career with the Chicago Bears, and is the franchise's ...more
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Johnny Cain is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Football Halfbacks
Running back, Halfback, Quarterback
John Lewis "Hurri" Cain was an American football player, coach of football, baseball, and tennis, and college athletics administrator in the United States. He played college football ...more
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Howard Cassady is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Football Halfbacks
Running back, Halfback
Howard Albert "Hopalong" Cassady is a former college and professional American football running back. He was the Heisman Trophy winner of 1955 and was inducted into the College ...more
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Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Football Halfbacks
Running back, Halfback
Bruce Smith was an american football player.
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Jim Crowley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Football Halfbacks
Running back, Halfback
James Harold "Jim" Crowley was an American football player and coach. He gained fame as one-fourth of the University of Notre Dame's legendary "Four Horsemen" backfield where ...more