Football The Top White Running Backs in NFL History  

riley.baines
5.7k votes 1.7k voters 70.1k views 18 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!

1
510 184
John Riggins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Washington Redskins, New York Jets

2
406 142
Larry Csonka is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Syracuse Orange football, Miami Dolphins, Memphis Southmen

3
428 154
Mike Alstott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Purdue Boilermakers football

4
315 183
Danny Woodhead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
riley.baines added New England Patriots, New York Jets, San Diego Chargers

5
211 113
Red Grange is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Chicago Bears

6
90 33
Jim Taylor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
amjay56 added New Orleans Saints, LSU Tigers football, Green Bay Packers

7
141 76
Rex Burkhead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Rusty Shackelford added Cincinnati Bengals, Nebraska Cornhuskers football

8
170 100
Rocky Bleier is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Pittsburgh Steelers

9
247 165
Peyton Hillis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns

10
192 123
Tom Rathman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Los Angeles Raiders, San Francisco 49ers

11
33 7
Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Bdowds18 added Southern Methodist University Mustang football, Southern Methodist University Mustangs football, Detroit Lions

12
118 88
Mark van Eeghen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots

13
60 40
Toby Gerhart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Rusty Shackelford added Stanford Cardinal football, Minnesota Vikings

14
36 21
Jim Kiick is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
arkoevan added Miami Dolphins, Memphis Southmen, Denver Broncos

15
117 101
Merril Hoge is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Pittsburgh Steelers, Idaho State Bengals football, Chicago Bears

16
130 114
Ed Podolak is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Kansas City Chiefs

17
86 78
Matt Suhey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Chicago Bears

18
66 78
Tom Matte is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Baltimore Colts