John Kuhn: Green Bay Packers Fullback Is the Last of a Dying Breed

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIOctober 22, 2012

Kuhn is a member of a slowly dying position
Kuhn is a member of a slowly dying positionChris Trotman/Getty Images

The NFL has recently seen a turn toward spread offenses.  The traditional I-formation is starting to slowly disappear, being replaced with empty backfields and Wildcat plays.  Teams are beginning to prefer bubble screens over off-tackle runs.

With the move to the spread, one position in particular has felt the impact.  

The fullback.

The fullback used to be the lineman that was also fast.  Players like Mike Alstott and William Henderson come to mind.  Now, there are some teams that never use fullbacks, being replaced by slot receivers and more versatile H-backs.

This generation of fullbacks aren't as massive, but they have become more versatile.  The prime example of this breed is Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn.

Kuhn was picked up in 2005 by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Shippensburg.  He was released before the season, but was later signed back onto the practice squad.  The same thing happened the next season, only he was signed to the active roster halfway into the season.

Kuhn was picked up by Green Bay in 2007.  He didn't get many opportunities to play that season, but the Packers kept him. 

In 2008, Kuhn began to get into the mix, scoring his first NFL touchdown on October 12th on a one-yard reception from Aaron Rodgers.  He had three total touchdowns that season.

Green Bay's Super Bowl season was Kuhn's official breakout year.  Kuhn finished the season with six total touchdowns, including an incredible performance against the New York Giants, where he ran for two and caught a third score.

Kuhn has become a household favorite in Green Bay and everywhere else.  Regardless of where the Packers play, the crowd will yell every time Kuhn gets the ball.  The roars of "KUHHHHHNNNNN!!!!!" erupt each time he gets the ball.

Unfortunately, there are not many left like Kuhn.

The Packers continue to utilize Kuhn in multiple formations, but many teams do not have a true fullback like Green Bay does.  Other big names in fullback include Vonta Leach, Henry Hynoski, and John Conner.  The fact that it is difficult to name three other fullbacks is a sign that this position is slowly being removed from the game.

In the meantime, let's enjoy yelling out Kuhn's name whenever he gets a carry and watching him get the ball in the red zone.