Talk:Fullback (American and Canadian football)

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"Criticism of position"[edit]

Nice work creating this needed page, but I've never heard a coach, player, sports reporter, or even a fan (before now) express the opinion that a fullback--or any other position--is wasted roster space. Criticism must come from a cited published source. WP:Original research isn't allowed.--Son of Somebody 06:18, 19 April 2007 (UTC)

I'd have to agree that that whole sentence is contradictory. Fullbacks are runningbacks whose jobs come in the following order of importance: 1) Lead block 2) Pass block/catch passes 3) Run the ball. Unless they are a part of a wishbone, flexbone, or random option offense, there isn't really any reason to give them the ball unless on "trick plays." --Excaliburhorn 03:27, 20 April 2007 (UTC)


I have to wonder if, truly, there is pressure of the white tailback to bulk up and become a fullback. Sounds very anecdotal to me. Find a quote of somebody in the business, stating just that fact.

Given the Indianapolis Colts don't have a true FB (even with James Munro last season), they are listed as having no FB for the upcoming season. Will any of the 3 very undersized HB (Dorsey & the newly drafted HB) be converted to become FB? I mean, it is probably what could've happened in the Saints.TimHowardII 10:31, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Deleting the Criticism Section[edit]

I suggest we delete the criticism section. The section is uncited original research. It also appears to be a manufactured falsehood. I will await responses to my suggestion.--Son of Somebody 00:10, 8 August 2007 (UTC)

this article seems to have a negative approach to fullbacks being used primarily as blockers, good lead blocking by a fullbacks is an important part of an effiecent rushing offence —Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.15.153.255 (talk) 18:36, August 24, 2007 (UTC)

Lorenzo Neal is one of the best Full backs ever — Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.181.160.43 (talk) 02:33, 20 September 2011 (UTC)


A Half-Back[edit]

A "fullback" is someone who does everything on their side of line. A Full-back does everything. The term that has seemed to slip nicely here is Half-back to Running-back. I will change this based on real American football and not terms based off social pressure. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.251.234.185 (talk) 16:51, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

Early Running Fullbacks[edit]

The list of prominent running NFL fullbacks does not include anyone recent. That is because fullbacks are not doing much running. When a big back does run a lot they don't call him a fullback but call him a running back or maybe even a halfback. In fact, I am sure that Jimmy Brown and some of the others would not be _called_ fullbacks today. Even if he played the same role in the same formations, Brown would have been called a running back. He was big and he ran inside and hit hard but he still wouldn't be called a fullback. The situation is quite different in college and high school football where you often have two backs who get to run the ball a lot and one of them is often called the fullback.

65.79.173.135 (talk) 17:39, 15 January 2015 (UTC)Will in New Haven65.79.173.135 (talk) 17:39, 15 January 2015 (UTC)


is a fullback a running back or not[edit]

near the end of the page it says: "started his NFL career as a fullback before being reverted into a running back." but at the top of the page it says "A fullback (FB) [...] is one of the two running back positions". So, is a fullback a running back or isn't he? 131.220.247.105 (talk) 10:53, 22 July 2015 (UTC)

A fullback is a running back. Hillis was moved from fullback to halfback. I fixed the article to clear up confusion. Lizard (talk) 22:02, 12 January 2016 (UTC)