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Top 10 Fullbacks
Paul Zimmerman
October 30, 2000
In the old days fullbacks were 60-minute men, blockers and short-yardage bangers on offense, linebackers on defense. In today's game fullbacks are on the field only in some formations, on the bench when the offense goes with multiple wideouts or two tight ends. They block and catch passes and, except for a couple of them, carry the ball about once a month. Between the old-timers and today's part-timers you had blocking and ball-carrying fullbacks who shared the load with halfbacks, the Jim Taylor-Paul Hornung combo on the Lombardi Packers being the best example.
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October 30, 2000

Top 10 Fullbacks

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5. Ernie Nevers

Duluth Eskimos, Chicago Cardinals; 1926-27, '29-31
As player-coach of the Cardinals he played every minute of the 1931 season and in a game against the Brooklyn Dodgers called his own number 16 consecutive times.

6. Cookie Gilchrist

Bills, Broncos, Dolphins; 1962-67
At 252 pounds he was the first of the oversized monsters, and frightening when he got in a groove.

7. Jim Taylor

Packers, Saints; 1958-67
The muscle and heart of Green Bay's offense, he was a key man in rugged weather conditions.

8. Larry Csonka

Dolphins, Giants; 1966-74, 76-79
He had the unique ability to get low and tunnel for yardage, and he was terrific at finishing a play.

9. John Riggins

Jets, Redskins; 1971-79, '81-85
A runner with exceptional goal line and short-yardage instincts, he started his career as a featured tailback.

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