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2010 May 07
30/1980 BEST PLAYERS: No. 22
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No. 22 Tom Rathman (1982-1985)
A remarkably athletic fullback whose full talents weren’t truly seen until the NFL, Rathman had the entire package: Speed, size (6-1, 230 pounds), strength, smarts. Had Nebraska not had such accomplished running backs in the program during Rathman’s time - Mike Rozier, Jeff Smith and Doug Dubose, all of whom played in the NFL - his numbers might have been even more memorable. As it was, he gained 1,425 career yards on just 220 carries, a 6.47-yard average, along with 12 touchdowns. In 1985, Rathman’s senior year, he gained 881 yards and averaged more than seven yards per carry. During that year, he had six carries for more than 30 yards, including an 84-yarder vs. Colorado. Never before or since has NU had the same kind of big-play threat at the position.
In the NFL, Rathman won two Super Bowls with San Francisco and amassed 2,020 yards rushing and 2,684 yards receiving. He was the prototype fullback for the West Coast Offense, retiring after nine seasons. He’s now a coach for the 49ers.
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