American Football Database
Tom Rathman
No. 44     San Francisco 49ers
Personal information
Date of birth: (1962-10-07) October 7, 1962 (age 59)
Place of birth: Grand Island, Nebraska
Career information
College: Nebraska
NFL Draft: 1986 / Round: 3 / Pick: 56
Debuted in 1986 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 1994 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history

As Player

As Coach

Career highlights and awards
Rushing yards     2,020
Average     3.7
Touchdowns     26
Stats at

Thomas Dean Rathman (born October 7, 1962) is a former professional football player, a fullback for the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. Following his playing career, he became a coach in 1995 and is currently the running backs coach for the 49ers.

High school

Rathman was a three-sport star at Grand Island Senior High in central Nebraska. In addition to a state Hall-of-Fame career as a fullback for the Islanders football team, Rathman won a state championship in the high jump in 1980 during his junior year.

College career

Rathman was a three-year letterwinner in football at the University of Nebraska. He finished his college career with 1,425 rushing yards, and averaged over six yards per carry. Often considered the greatest fullback in modern Nebraska history, Rathman set several school position records, some of which still stand, including most yards rushing by a fullback in a single season (881, in 1985) and most career rushing touchdowns by a fullback (twelve). He was noted for his ability to break long runs, especially during his senior year in 1985, when he averaged 7.5 yards per carry.

  • 1983: 26 carries for 143 yards and 0 TD
  • 1984: 75 carries for 381 yards and 4 TD
  • 1985: 118 carries for 881 yards and 8 TD

Professional career

Rathman was selected by the 49ers in the third round of the 1986 NFL Draft with the 56th overall pick. His professional career spanned nine years as a fullback, the first eight with the 49ers. For the first five seasons, he was the lead blocker for another former Cornhusker, Roger Craig. Rathman helped lead the 49ers to two Super Bowl championships, rushing for 38 yards, catching four passes for 43 yards, and scoring two touchdowns in Super Bowl XXIV. In 1989, he led all NFL running backs in receiving with 73 receptions for 616 yards. Rathman spent his last season in 1994 with the Oakland Raiders.

Rathman finished his NFL career with 2,020 rushing yards, 320 receptions for 2,684 yards, five kickoff returns for 103 yards, and 34 touchdowns.

Coaching career

After retiring as a player, Rathman began his coaching career in 1995 at the high school level, as the running backs coach for Serra in San Mateo. The next year he served as offensive coordinator at Menlo College in Atherton. He became a pro coach in 1997 when he joined the 49ers staff, and served as running backs coach through 2002. In 2003 he accompanied head coach Steve Mariucci to the Detroit Lions where Rathman was running backs coach during Mariucci's three seasons with the Lions. He then held the same position for the Oakland Raiders for three seasons, and returned to the 49ers as running backs coach on January 7, 2009.[1] Following the departure of head coach Mike Singletary, Rathman was retained by Jim Harbaugh for the 2011 season.

Personal life

Rathman currently resides in Redwood Shores, California with his wife and three daughters, Nicole, Ali, and Samantha.


External links

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