Football The Top White Running Backs in NFL History  

riley.baines
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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
590 221
John Riggins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Washington Redskins, New York Jets

2
209 35
Christian McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
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3
462 167
Larry Csonka is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Syracuse Orange football, Miami Dolphins, Memphis Southmen

4
483 182
Mike Alstott is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Purdue Boilermakers football

5
352 218
Danny Woodhead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
riley.baines added New England Patriots, New York Jets, San Diego Chargers

6
233 131
Red Grange is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Chicago Bears

7
115 47
Jim Taylor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
amjay56 added New Orleans Saints, LSU Tigers football, Green Bay Packers

8
189 114
Rocky Bleier is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Pittsburgh Steelers

9
170 101
Rex Burkhead is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Rusty Shackelford added Cincinnati Bengals, Nebraska Cornhuskers football

10
274 187
Peyton Hillis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns

11
204 139
Tom Rathman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Los Angeles Raiders, San Francisco 49ers

12
50 21
Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 12 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

13
127 101
Mark van Eeghen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots

14
128 112
Merril Hoge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Pittsburgh Steelers, Idaho State Bengals football, Chicago Bears

15
70 57
Toby Gerhart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Rusty Shackelford added Stanford Cardinal football, Minnesota Vikings

16
138 125
Ed Podolak is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Kansas City Chiefs

17
42 30
Jim Kiick is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
arkoevan added Miami Dolphins, Memphis Southmen, Denver Broncos

18
92 87
Matt Suhey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
Chicago Bears

19
78 89
Tom Matte is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top White Running Backs in NFL History
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