NFL Rushing Leaders
Career Leaders
CategoryPlayerRecord
Rushing Attempts Emmitt Smith 4409
Rushing Yards Emmitt Smith 18355
Rushing Average (750 attempts minimum) Michael Vick 7.0
Rushing Touchdowns Emmitt Smith 164
First Downs Emmitt Smith 962
Gains of 20+ yards Barry Sanders 113
Gains of 40+ yards Barry Sanders 164
Fumbles Kerry Collins 57
Yearly Leaders
Yards
Year League Player YDS
1932 NFL Cliff Battles 576
1933 NFL Jim Musick 809
1934 NFL Beattie Feathers 1004
1935 NFL Doug Russell 499
1936 NFL Tuffy Leemans 830
1937 NFL Cliff Battles 874
1938 NFL Whizzer White 567
1939 NFL Bill Osmanski 699
1940 NFL Whizzer White 514
1941 NFL Pug Manders 486
1942 NFL Bill Dudley 696
1943 NFL Bill Paschal 572
1944 NFL Bill Paschal 737
1945 NFL Steve Van Buren 832
1946 AAFC Spec Sanders 709
1946 NFL Bill Dudley 604
1947 AAFC Spec Sanders 1432
1947 NFL Steve Van Buren 1008
1948 AAFC Marion Motley 964
1948 NFL Steve Van Buren 945
1949 AAFC Joe Perry 783
1949 NFL Steve Van Buren 1146
1950 NFL Marion Motley 810
1951 NFL Eddie Price 971
1952 NFL Dan Towler 894
1953 NFL Joe Perry 1018
1954 NFL Joe Perry 1049
1955 NFL Alan Ameche 961
1956 NFL Rick Casares 1126
1957 NFL Jim Brown 942
1958 NFL Jim Brown 1527
1959 NFL Jim Brown 1329
1960 AFL Abner Haynes 875
1960 NFL Jim Brown 1257
1961 AFL Billy Cannon 948
1961 NFL Jim Brown 1408
1962 AFL Cookie Gilchrist 1096
1962 NFL Jimmy Taylor 1474
1963 AFL Clem Daniels 1099
1963 NFL Jim Brown 1863
1964 AFL Cookie Gilchrist 981
1964 NFL Jim Brown 1446
1965 AFL Paul Lowe 1121
1965 NFL Jim Brown 1544
1966 AFL Jim Nance 1458
1966 NFL Gale Sayers 1231
1967 AFL Jim Nance 1216
1967 NFL Leroy Kelly 1205
1968 AFL Paul Robinson 1023
1968 NFL Leroy Kelly 1239
1969 AFL Dickie Post 873
1969 NFL Gale Sayers 1032
1970 NFL Larry Brown 1125
1971 NFL Floyd Little 1133
1972 NFL O.J. Simpson 1251
1973 NFL O.J. Simpson 2003
1974 NFL Otis Armstrong 1407
1975 NFL O.J. Simpson 1817
1976 NFL O.J. Simpson 1503
1977 NFL Walter Payton 1852
1978 NFL Earl Campbell 1450
1979 NFL Earl Campbell 1697
1980 NFL Earl Campbell 1934
1981 NFL George Rogers 1674
1982 NFL Freeman McNeil 786
1983 NFL Eric Dickerson 1808
1984 NFL Eric Dickerson 2105
1985 NFL Marcus Allen 1759
1986 NFL Eric Dickerson 1821
1987 NFL Charles White 1374
1988 NFL Eric Dickerson 1659
1989 NFL Christian Okoye 1480
1990 NFL Barry Sanders 1304
1991 NFL Emmitt Smith 1563
1992 NFL Emmitt Smith 1713
1993 NFL Emmitt Smith 1486
1994 NFL Barry Sanders 1883
1995 NFL Emmitt Smith 1773
1996 NFL Barry Sanders 1553
1997 NFL Barry Sanders 2053
1998 NFL Terrell Davis 2008
1999 NFL Edgerrin James 1553
2000 NFL Edgerrin James 1709
2001 NFL Priest Holmes 1555
2002 NFL Ricky Williams 1853
2003 NFL Jamal Lewis 2066
2004 NFL Curtis Martin 1697
2005 NFL Shaun Alexander 1880
2006 NFL LaDainian Tomlinson 1815
2007 NFL LaDainian Tomlinson 1474
2008 NFL Adrian Peterson 1760
2009 NFL Chris Johnson 2006
2010 NFL Arian Foster 1616
2011 NFL Maurice Jones-Drew 1606
2012 NFL Adrian Peterson 2097
2013 NFL LeSean McCoy 1607
2014 NFL DeMarco Murray 1845
2015 NFL Adrian Peterson 1485
2016 NFL Ezekiel Elliott 1631
Touchdowns
Year League Player TD
1920 APFA Cedric Smith 4
1921 APFA Ockie Anderson and Fritz Pollard 6
1922 NFL Jimmy Conzelman 7
1923 NFL Lou Smyth 7
1924 NFL Tex Hamer 12
1925 NFL Tony Latone 7
1926 AFL Eddie Tryon 5
1926 NFL Barney Wentz 9
1927 NFL Jack McBride 6
1928 NFL Tiny Feather and Verne Lewellen 6
1929 NFL Ernie Nevers 12
1930 NFL Verne Lewellen 8
1930 NFL Jack McBride 8
1931 NFL Dutch Clark 9
1932 NFL Bronko Nagurski 4
1933 NFL Glenn Presnell 6
1934 NFL Dutch Clark and Beattie Feathers 8
1935 NFL Ernie Caddel 6
1936 NFL Dutch Clark 7
1937 NFL Cliff Battles, Dutch Clark and Clarke Hinkle 5
1938 NFL Andy Farkas 6
1939 NFL Johnny Drake 9
1940 NFL Johnny Drake 9
1941 NFL Hugh Gallarneau 8
1942 NFL Gary Famiglietti 8
1943 NFL Bill Paschal 10
1944 NFL Bill Paschal 9
1945 NFL Steve Van Buren 15
1946 AAFC Len Eshmont, Don Greenwood, John Kimbrough and Spec Sanders 6
1946 NFL Ted Fritsch 9
1947 AAFC Spec Sanders 18
1947 NFL Steve Van Buren 13
1948 AAFC Chet Mutryn and Joe Perry 10
1948 NFL Steve Van Buren 10
1949 AAFC Marion Motley and Joe Perry 8
1949 NFL Steve Van Buren 11
1950 NFL Johnny Lujack 11
1951 NFL Rob Goode 9
1952 NFL Dan Towler 10
1953 NFL Joe Perry 10
1954 NFL Dan Towler 11
1955 NFL Alan Ameche 9
1956 NFL Rick Casares 12
1957 NFL Jim Brown 9
1958 NFL Jim Brown 17
1959 NFL Jim Brown 14
1960 AFL Abner Haynes 9
1960 NFL Paul Hornung 13
1961 AFL Abner Haynes and Paul Lowe 9
1961 NFL Jimmy Taylor 15
1962 AFL Cookie Gilchrist and Abner Haynes 13
1962 NFL Jimmy Taylor 19
1963 AFL Cookie Gilchrist 12
1963 NFL Jim Brown 12
1964 AFL Sid Blanks, Cookie Gilchrist and Daryle Lamonica 6
1964 NFL Lenny Moore 16
1965 AFL Paul Lowe 7
1965 NFL Jim Brown 17
1966 AFL Jim Nance 11
1966 NFL Leroy Kelly 15
1967 AFL Emerson Boozer 10
1967 NFL Leroy Kelly 11
1968 AFL Paul Robinson 8
1968 NFL Leroy Kelly 16
1969 AFL Jim Kiick 9
1969 NFL Tom Matte 11
1970 NFL MacArthur Lane and Duane Thomas 11
1972 NFL Mercury Morris 12
1973 NFL Floyd Little and O.J. Simpson 12
1974 NFL Tom Sullivan 11
1975 NFL Pete Banaszak and O.J. Simpson 16
1976 NFL Franco Harris 14
1977 NFL Walter Payton 14
1978 NFL David Sims 14
1979 NFL Earl Campbell 19
1980 NFL Earl Campbell and Billy Sims 13
1981 NFL Chuck Muncie 19
1982 NFL Marcus Allen 11
1983 NFL John Riggins 24
1984 NFL Eric Dickerson and John Riggins 14
1985 NFL Joe Morris 21
1986 NFL George Rogers 18
1987 NFL Johnny Hector and Charles White 11
1988 NFL Greg Bell 16
1989 NFL Greg Bell 15
1990 NFL Derrick Fenner and Cleveland Gary 14
1991 NFL Barry Sanders 16
1992 NFL Emmitt Smith 18
1993 NFL Marcus Allen 12
1994 NFL Emmitt Smith 21
1995 NFL Emmitt Smith 25
1996 NFL Terry Allen 21
1997 NFL Karim Abdul-Jabbar and Terrell Davis 15
1998 NFL Terrell Davis 21
1999 NFL Stephen Davis 17
2000 NFL Marshall Faulk 18
2001 NFL Shaun Alexander 14
2002 NFL Priest Holmes 21
2003 NFL Priest Holmes 27
2004 NFL LaDainian Tomlinson 17
2005 NFL Shaun Alexander 27
2006 NFL LaDainian Tomlinson 28
2007 NFL LaDainian Tomlinson 15
2008 NFL DeAngelo Williams 18
2009 NFL Adrian Peterson 18
2010 NFL Arian Foster 16
2011 NFL LeSean McCoy 17
2012 NFL Arian Foster 15
2013 NFL Jamaal Charles and Marshawn Lynch 12
2014 NFL Marshawn Lynch 13
2014 NFL DeMarco Murray 13
2015 NFL Devonta Freeman, Jeremy Hill, Adrian Peterson and DeAngelo Williams 11
2016 NFL LeGarrette Blount 18
Attempts
Year League Player TD
1932 NFL Cliff Battles 148
1933 NFL Jim Musick 173
1934 NFL Ace Gutowsky and Tom Hanson 146
1935 NFL Kink Richards 153
1936 NFL Tuffy Leemans 206
1937 NFL Cliff Battles 216
1938 NFL Whizzer White 152
1939 NFL Andy Farkas 139
1940 NFL Whizzer White 146
1941 NFL Clarke Hinkle 129
1942 NFL Bill Dudley 162
1943 NFL Bill Paschal 147
1944 NFL Bill Paschal 196
1945 NFL Frank Akins 147
1946 AAFC Spec Sanders 140
1946 NFL Bill Dudley 146
1947 AAFC Spec Sanders 231
1947 NFL Steve Van Buren 217
1948 AAFC Spec Sanders 169
1948 NFL Steve Van Buren 201
1949 AAFC Bob Hoernschemeyer 133
1949 NFL Steve Van Buren 263
1950 NFL Joe Geri and Steve Van Buren 188
1951 NFL Eddie Price 271
1952 NFL Eddie Price 183
1953 NFL Joe Perry 192
1954 NFL Joe Perry 173
1955 NFL Alan Ameche 213
1956 NFL Rick Casares 234
1957 NFL Rick Casares 204
1958 NFL Jim Brown 257
1959 NFL Jim Brown 290
1960 AFL Abner Haynes 156
1960 NFL Jimmy Taylor 230
1961 AFL Bill Mathis 202
1961 NFL Jim Brown 305
1962 AFL Charlie Tolar 244
1962 NFL Jimmy Taylor 272
1963 AFL Cookie Gilchrist 232
1963 NFL Jim Brown 291
1964 AFL Cookie Gilchrist 230
1964 NFL Jim Brown 280
1965 AFL Cookie Gilchrist 252
1965 NFL Jim Brown 289
1966 AFL Jim Nance 299
1966 NFL Bill Brown 251
1967 AFL Jim Nance 269
1967 NFL Leroy Kelly 235
1968 AFL Paul Robinson 238
1968 NFL Leroy Kelly 248
1969 AFL Jim Nance 193
1969 NFL Gale Sayers 236
1970 NFL Ron Johnson 263
1971 NFL Floyd Little 284
1972 NFL Ron Johnson 298
1973 NFL O.J. Simpson 332
1974 NFL O.J. Simpson 270
1975 NFL O.J. Simpson 329
1976 NFL Walter Payton 311
1977 NFL Walter Payton 339
1978 NFL Walter Payton 333
1979 NFL Walter Payton 369
1980 NFL Earl Campbell 373
1981 NFL George Rogers 378
1982 NFL Tony Dorsett, Andra Franklin and John Riggins 177
1983 NFL Eric Dickerson 390
1984 NFL James Wilder 407
1985 NFL Gerald Riggs 397
1986 NFL Eric Dickerson 404
1987 NFL Charles White 324
1988 NFL Eric Dickerson 388
1989 NFL Christian Okoye 370
1990 NFL Earnest Byner 297
1991 NFL Emmitt Smith 365
1992 NFL Barry Foster 390
1993 NFL Thurman Thomas 355
1994 NFL Emmitt Smith 368
1995 NFL Emmitt Smith 377
1996 NFL Ricky Watters 353
1997 NFL Jerome Bettis 375
1998 NFL Jamal Anderson 410
1999 NFL Edgerrin James 369
2000 NFL Eddie George 403
2001 NFL Stephen Davis 356
2002 NFL Ricky Williams 383
2003 NFL Ricky Williams 392
2004 NFL Curtis Martin 371
2005 NFL Shaun Alexander 370
2006 NFL Larry Johnson 416
2007 NFL Clinton Portis 325
2008 NFL Michael Turner 376
2009 NFL Chris Johnson 358
2010 NFL Michael Turner 334
2011 NFL Maurice Jones-Drew 343
2012 NFL Arian Foster 351
2013 NFL LeSean McCoy 314
2014 NFL DeMarco Murray 392
2015 NFL Adrian Peterson 327
2016 NFL Ezekiel Elliott 322
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