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The Top White Running Backs in NFL History

Updated September 11, 2020 16.0k votes 3.9k voters 115.1k 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!

  • Christian McCaffrey1
    1,879
    360

    Christian McCaffrey

    Carolina Panthers
  • John Riggins2
    1,241
    417

    John Riggins

    Washington Redskins, New York Jets
  • Larry Csonka3
    895
    323

    Larry Csonka

    Syracuse Orange football, Miami Dolphins
  • Mike Alstott4
    946
    350

    Mike Alstott

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Purdue Boilermakers football
  • Red Grange5
    462
    258

    Red Grange

    Chicago Bears
  • Jim Taylor6
    373
    206

    Jim Taylor

    New Orleans Saints, LSU Tigers football
  • Peyton Hillis7
    636
    395

    Peyton Hillis

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos
  • Paul Hornung8
    157
    64

    Paul Hornung

    Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, Green Bay Packers
  • Danny Woodhead9
    718
    487

    Danny Woodhead

    New England Patriots, New York Jets
  • Rex Burkhead10
    494
    323

    Rex Burkhead

    Cincinnati Bengals, Nebraska Cornhuskers football
  • Doak Walker11
    234
    132

    Doak Walker

    Southern Methodist University Mustang football, Southern Methodist University Mustangs football
  • Rocky Bleier12
    343
    230

    Rocky Bleier

    Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Tom Rathman13
    330
    231

    Tom Rathman

    Los Angeles Raiders, San Francisco 49ers
  • Kyle Juszczyk14
    60
    11

    Kyle Juszczyk

    Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers
  • Phillip Lindsay15
    142
    101

    Phillip Lindsay

    Denver Broncos
  • Jim Kiick16
    152
    129

    Jim Kiick

    Miami Dolphins, Memphis Southmen
  • Toby Gerhart17
    232
    213

    Toby Gerhart

    Stanford Cardinal football, Minnesota Vikings
  • Mark van Eeghen18
    213
    197

    Mark van Eeghen

    Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots
  • Merril Hoge19
    221
    212

    Merril Hoge

    Pittsburgh Steelers, Idaho State Bengals football
  • Matt Suhey20
    156
    167

    Matt Suhey

    Chicago Bears
  • Josh Allen21
    48
    40

    Josh Allen

    Buffalo Bills
  • Ed Podolak22
    166
    210

    Ed Podolak

    Kansas City Chiefs
  • Jacob Hester23
    7
    5

    Jacob Hester

    Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers
  • Tom Matte24
    126
    180

    Tom Matte

    Baltimore Colts
  • Alan Ameche25
    40
    55