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An example of the fullback positioning in an offensive play.
In American football, a
fullback (FB) is a position in
the offensive backfield. Traditionally, the duties of a fullback
are split between power running and blocking for the quarterback on passing
plays, and the running
back on running plays.
Many of the great runners of the history of American football
have been fullbacks, notably Jim Brown, Franco Harris, and Larry Csonka, but in
recent years the position has evolved to be more a blocker than a
runner, with occasional pass-catching duties. While some teams have
actually phased-out fullbacks altogether in favor of two tight end sets, the
remaining prominent fullbacks in the NFL such as Lorenzo Neal and Lawrence
Vickers are typically employed for breaking through tight
defensive alignments, often in short-yardage situations as they are
usually larger and heavier than halfbacks or tailbacks, or for
screen passes. As a result, fullbacks are typically known less for
speed and agility and more for muscularity and the ability to shed
tackles. However, Le'Ron McClain was the rushing leader
for the Baltimore Ravens in 2008, being deployed from the fullback
Although a running back by name, typically fullbacks are valued
by their contributions to the running game by their blocking.