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The Top White Running Backs in NFL History

Updated September 11, 2020 15.1k votes 4.0k voters 117.0k views29 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
    1,781
    333

    Christian McCaffrey

    Carolina Panthers
  • 2
    1,158
    378

    John Riggins

    Washington Redskins, New York Jets
  • 3
    887
    320

    Mike Alstott

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Purdue Boilermakers football
  • 4
    835
    301

    Larry Csonka

    Syracuse Orange football, Miami Dolphins
  • 5
    435
    239

    Red Grange

    Chicago Bears
  • 6
    355
    189

    Jim Taylor

    New Orleans Saints, LSU Tigers football
  • 7
    608
    371

    Peyton Hillis

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos
  • 8
    160
    65

    Paul Hornung

    Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, Green Bay Packers
  • 9
    670
    442

    Danny Woodhead

    New England Patriots, New York Jets
  • 10
    464
    293

    Rex Burkhead

    Cincinnati Bengals, Nebraska Cornhuskers football
  • 11
    80
    15

    Kyle Juszczyk

    Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers
  • 12
    221
    124

    Doak Walker

    Southern Methodist University Mustang football, Southern Methodist University Mustangs football
  • 13
    320
    210

    Rocky Bleier

    Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 14
    305
    210

    Tom Rathman

    Los Angeles Raiders, San Francisco 49ers
  • 15
    147
    108

    Phillip Lindsay

    Houston Texans
  • 16
    147
    120

    Jim Kiick

    Miami Dolphins, Memphis Southmen
  • 17
    197
    182

    Mark van Eeghen

    Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots
  • 18
    208
    198

    Merril Hoge

    Pittsburgh Steelers, Idaho State Bengals football
  • 19
    212
    205

    Toby Gerhart

    Stanford Cardinal football, Minnesota Vikings
  • 20
    68
    49

    Josh Allen

    Buffalo Bills
  • 21
    145
    155

    Matt Suhey

    Chicago Bears
  • 22
    154
    196

    Ed Podolak

    Kansas City Chiefs
  • 23
    79
    110

    Patrick DiMarco

    Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs
  • 24
    116
    163

    Tom Matte

    Baltimore Colts
  • 25
    10
    11

    Jacob Hester

    Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers