With the slow but steady transition in offense over the last few decades—each year the balance switches further away from the running game, towards the passing game—the fullback position has suffered.
Some might go as far as saying that they are a dying breed, headed for extinction.
But there are plenty of traditionalists who cherish the "old" style of football: I-formation, two tight ends, running the ball between the tackles. And who knows, maybe 10 or 15 years from now, it'll be Eric Dickerson's rushing record, not Dan Marino's passing record, that is repeatedly under assault.
If that's the case, expect a fullback to play a big role.
But even if it's not as the lead blocker for a great runner, the fullback still has plenty of value. The great ones have versatile skills sets: blocking, running, pass protecting, catching passes, etc.
I've put dreamed up the perfect fullback, cobbled together from some of the alltime greats and their key strengths.
Here's the Frankenstein-esque result.