Having Neal in the top spot was a difficult call. Realistically, you could make a case for any of the top three occupying this position. Like Richardson, Neal had blocked for 1,000+ yards rushers in consecutive seasons. However, his run from 1997 to 2007, 11 in total, was longer.
Richardson is a player who doesn’t need any introduction to fellow NFL fans and is commonly regarded as one of the top fullbacks in the history of the NFL. His stat of having blocked for 1,000 yards rushers in nine consecutive NFL seasons is incredibly impressive.
As we get to the top three fullbacks of this century thus far, it has been difficult to shuffle them around in an order that seems the most reasonable.
In an ideal world, Bettis would be higher on this list. However, there are two reasons we only have him scraping into the top 10. Firstly, the prime of his career was in the 1990s. He made the Pro Bowl team six times, but only two of those occasions were in the 21st century (2001 and 2004).