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Top 15 Best White Running Backs Of All Time

In terms of North American sports, American football is the most popular and the most profitable of them all; and it is no wonder considering all the physical play involved and the traditional high level of scoring. The game of football has actually been played since the late 1860s, and since then, many rules have been added or changed to make the game better, but fundamentally, the game played today is the same as it was back then. Whether it is played at the high school, college, or professional levels, football is played on a rectangular field with two goal posts at the end, with an offense trying to score with the football and a defence trying to stop them; and all the positions for both sides are always the same.

Everyone says that defenses win championships, and usually that is true, but championship caliber teams are also made with a great quarterback, wide receiver, running back, or some combination of the three. A running back is an offensive player who plays by receiving handoffs from the quarterback and runs with the ball in a rushing play; they can also catch and block opposing players. Throughout the history of football, there have been hundreds of running backs of both white and African American descent that have had truly remarkable and noteworthy careers. Here is a list of the top 15 best white running backs of all time.

15 Paul Hornung

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14 Doak Walker

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13 Merril Hoge

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12 Bronko Nagurski

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Like his teammate Red Grange, Bronko Nagurski was one of the first members inducted into the Hall of Fame, and it is no wonder considering he was one of the hardest hitters in the league when he played. It is said that in a game against the Washington Redskins, Nagurski carried a ball through two linebackers, a defensive halfback, and a safety for a scoring play, a play in which Nagurski allegedly ran so far that he smashed his head into the wall of the end zone which left a crack in a brick that still exists today. By the time his career was done, Nagurski won three NFL Championships, rushed for almost 2,800 yards and scored twenty-five touchdowns.

11 Steve Van Buren

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10 Mark Van Eeghen

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9 Frank Gifford

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8 Red Grange

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7 Rocky Bleier

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6 Tom Rathman

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5 Ed Podolak

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4 Mike Alstott

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3 Jim Taylor

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2 Larry Csonka

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1 John Riggins

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John Riggins started his career playing for the New York Jets, but it was with the Washington Redskins that he spent the most time with, and with whom he had the most success. While with the Jets he ran for over 1,000 yards twice, but his career really soared after joining the Redskins. Riggins was one of the main reasons why Washington wad so successful in the late 1970s, especially in their Super Bowl winning season, where he ran for over 100 yards in four straight games including the championship game; he was even named the MVP of that year’s Super Bowl. By the end of his career, Riggins had scored 116 touchdowns, and was among the highest rushing leaders in NFL history with over 11,000 yards.

 

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