Monday, December 29, 2014

Pillars of the NFL: Tom Rathman

In Patrick McCaskey's Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships he covers the ten greatest NFL coaches of all-time.  Among the pillars is Bill Walsh who coached the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl victories in the 1980s.  Walsh was innovative and called "Genius" by the sports media.

 In Pillars, we describe some of Walsh's key players.  This post examines one of those.

Tom Rathman

Tom Rathman was a tough fullback from Nebraska whom Walsh picked up in the 1986 draft.  He was a powerful blocker, runner, and receiver who was known for his unselfish play.  John Madden described Rathman as “everything that’s basic about football.”