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The Top White Running Backs in NFL History 

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Updated June 5, 2020 12.7k votes 3.5k voters 107.7k views 28 items

When it comes to NFL positions, it's a bit of an anomaly to find many great white running backs. Some of the best white running backs in NFL history could even be considered among the greatest running backs in NFL history in general, but as a rule, there just aren't many of them to be found.

There have been a few highly touted prospects to come into NFL in recent years who many thought would become the next great white running back, such as Toby Gerhart and Christian McCaffrey. Peyton Hillis had huge success bringing back the smashmouth football style to the Cleveland Browns, but his run at the top was short as well. There is a very complex ideology behind what happened to the white tailback, but this is a list honoring the great players that graced the position. These are the top 10 white running backs in NFL history.

Which one do you think is the best? Go ahead and rank them!

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Christian McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
AdamLaw added Christian McCaffrey
2
John Riggins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Running back and Fullback from Seneca, Kansas, United States of America
3
Mike Alstott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
4
Larry Csonka is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Running back and Fullback from Stow, Ohio, United States of America
5
Danny Woodhead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
SPORTS.TOP.10 added Running back from North Platte, Nebraska
6
Peyton Hillis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Peyton Hillis Running back from Conway, Arkansas
7
Red Grange is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Running back from Forksville, Pennsylvania, United States of America
8
Rex Burkhead is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Rusty Shackelford added Running back from Lexington, Kentucky
9
Jim Taylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
amjay56 added Running back and Fullback from Baton Rouge, Louisiana
10
Rocky Bleier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Running back and Halfback from Appleton, Grand Chute, Wisconsin
11
Tom Rathman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Fullback from Grand Island, Nebraska
12
Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Bdowds18 added Doak Walker Running back and Return specialist from Dallas, Texas
13
Mark van Eeghen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Running back from Cambridge, Massachusetts
14
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
ChrisDamore added
15
Merril Hoge is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Running back from Pocatello, Idaho, United States of America
16
Toby Gerhart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Rusty Shackelford added Running back from Norco, California
17
Ed Podolak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Running back and Quarterback from Atlantic, Iowa
18
Jim Kiick is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
arkoevan added Running back and Halfback from Lincoln Park, New Jersey
19
Phillip Lindsay is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
swifferwetbrett added
20
Matt Suhey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Running back and Fullback from Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
21
Tom Matte is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Running back from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
22
Kyle Juszczyk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
awesomekittycows added Kyle Juszczyk
23
Patrick DiMarco is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
jakesuave3 added Fullback from Altamonte Springs, Florida
24
Alan Ameche is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
ChrisDamore added Running back and Fullback from Kenosha, Wisconsin
25
John David Crow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
ChrisDamore added Running back and Halfback from Marion, Louisiana