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NFL Rushing

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  • Most yards gained, game: 296, Adrian Peterson, Nov 4, 2007
  • Most rushing yards per game average, season: 143.1, O.J. Simpson, 1973
  • Most yards gained, season: 2,105, Eric Dickerson, 1984
  • Most rushing yards per game average, career: 104.3, Jim Brown, 1957–1965
  Game(s)
1 Most rushing attempts, game: 45, Jamie Morris, Dec 17, 1988
2 Most rushing attempts, game, rookie: 45, Jamie Morris, Dec 17, 1988 (OT)
3 Most rushing attempts, first game: 36, LaDainian Tomlinson, Sep 9, 2001
4 Most yards gained, back-to-back games: 476, O.J. Simpson, Nov 25, 1976-Dec 5, 1976
5 Most yards gained, game: 296, Adrian Peterson, Nov 4, 2007
6 Most yards gained, one half: 253, Adrian Peterson, Nov 4, 2007
7 Most yards gained, first game: 194, Alan Ameche, Sep 25, 1955
8 Most yards gained, game, rookie: 296, Adrian Peterson, Nov 4, 2007
9 Most yards gained, one quarter: 165, Jamaal Charles, Dec 23, 2012
10 Longest run from scrimmage: 99 yard (touchdown); Tony Dorsett, Jan 3, 1983; Derrick Henry, Dec 6, 2018
11 Most consecutive games, 50+ yards rushing: 38, Priest Holmes, 2001–2003
12 Most consecutive games, 100+ yards rushing: 14, Barry Sanders, 1997
13 Most consecutive games, 150+ yards rushing: 4, Earl Campbell, 1980
14 Most consecutive games, 200+ yards rushing: 2, O.J. Simpson, 1973, 1976; Earl Campbell 1980; Ricky Williams 2002; Jay Ajayi, 2016
15 Most consecutive games to start a season, 100+ yards rushing: 8, DeMarco Murray, 2014
16 Highest average gain per attempt, game (minimum 10 attempts): 17.3 yards, Michael Vick Dec 1, 2002 vs. Minnesota Vikings
17 Most rushing touchdowns, game: 6, Ernie Nevers, Nov 28, 1929; Alvin Kamara, Dec 25, 2020
18 Most rushing touchdowns, one half: 4, Jim Brown, Nov 18, 1962; Roland Hooks, Sep 9, 1979; Chuck Muncie, Nov 29, 1981; Eric Dickerson, Oct 31, 1988; Shaun Alexander, Sep 29, 2002; Priest Holmes, Oct 24, 2004; Doug Martin, Nov 4, 2012
19 Most consecutive games, 1+ rushing touchdown: 14, LaDainian Tomlinson, 2004–2005
 
  Season(s)
1 Most seasons leading league, rushing attempts: 6, Jim Brown; 1958–1959, 1963, 1963–1965
2 Most consecutive seasons leading league, rushing attempts: 4; Steve Van Buren, 1947–1950 and Walter Payton, 1976–1979
3 Most rushing attempts, season: 416, Larry Johnson, 2006
4 Most rushing attempts, rookie, season: 390, Eric Dickerson, 1983
5 Most rushing attempts, no fumbles, season: 397, Gerald Riggs, 1985
6 Most consecutive rushing attempts, no fumbles, to start a career: 559, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, 2008–2012
7 Most consecutive rushing attempts, no fumbles: 1,001, LaDainian Tomlinson, Oct 22, 2006-Nov 29, 2009
8 Most seasons, 200 rushing attempts: 14, Emmitt Smith, 1990–2004
9 Most seasons, 250 rushing attempts: 13, Emmitt Smith, 1991–2004
10 Most seasons, 300 rushing attempts: 10, Walter Payton, 1976–1986
11 Most games, 20 rushing attempts, season: 14, by 8 players, most recently Shaun Alexander, 2005
12 Most games, 25 rushing attempts, season: 10; Larry Johnson, 2006; Jamal Anderson, 1998; Emmitt Smith, 1994
13 Most games, 30 rushing attempts, season: 7, Earl Campbell, 1979
14 Most games, 35 rushing attempts, season: 3; Earl Campbell, 1980; Eddie George, 2000
15 Most seasons leading league, rushing: 8, Jim Brown; 1957–1961, 1963–1965
16 Most consecutive seasons leading league, rushing: 5, Jim Brown, 1957–1961
17 Most rushing yards per game average, season: 143.1, O.J. Simpson, 1973
18 Most seasons, 500+ yards rushing: 16, Frank Gore, 2005-2020.
19 Most seasons, 1,000+ yards rushing: 11, Emmitt Smith, 1991–2001
20 Most seasons, 1,500+ yards rushing: 5, Barry Sanders, 1991–1997
21 Most consecutive seasons, 500+ yards rushing: 16, Frank Gore, 2005–2020.
22 Most consecutive seasons, 1,000+ yards rushing: 11, Emmitt Smith, 1991–2001
23 Most consecutive seasons, 1,500+ yards rushing: 4, Barry Sanders, 1994–1997
24 Most yards gained, season: 2,105, Eric Dickerson, 1984
25 Most yards gained, no fumbles, season: 1,883, Barry Sanders, 1994
26 Most yards gained, rookie, season: 1,808 Eric Dickerson, 1983
27 Most yards gained, season, at Home: 1,125, Walter Payton, 1977
28 Most yards gained, season, Away: 1,087, Eric Dickerson, 1984
29 Most rushing yards by a quarterback, season: 1,206, Lamar Jackson, 2019
30 Most rushing yards per attempt, season (qualifiers): 8.45 yards (1,039 yards/123 attempts), Michael Vick, 2006
31 Highest average gain per attempt, rookie season (qualifiers): 8.44 yards (1,004 yards/119 attempts), Beattie Feathers, 1934
32 Most seasons leading league, touchdowns: 5, Jim Brown; 1957–1959, 1963, 1965
33 Most consecutive seasons leading league, touchdowns: 3, Steve Van Buren, 1947–1949; Jim Brown, 1957–1959; Abner Haynes (American Football League), 1960–1962; Cookie Gilchrist (American Football League), 1962–1964; Jim Brown, 1966–1968[1]:s-7[66]
34 Most rushing touchdowns, season: 28, LaDainian Tomlinson, 2006
35 Most rushing touchdowns, rookie, season: 18, Eric Dickerson, 1983
36 Most rushing touchdowns, season, at Home: 16, Terry Allen, 1996; Priest Holmes, 2003; Shaun Alexander, 2005
37 Most rushing touchdowns, season, Away: 16, John Riggins, 1983
38 Most seasons, 1+ rushing touchdowns: 16, Marcus Allen, 1982–1997
39 Most consecutive seasons, 1+ rushing touchdowns: 16, Marcus Allen, 1982–1997
40 Most games, 1+ rushing touchdowns, season: 15, Emmitt Smith, 1995
41 Most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback, season: 14, Cam Newton, 2011
 
  Career
1 Most rushing attempts per game average, career: 21.2, Terrell Davis, 1995–2001
2 Most rushing attempts, career: 4,409, Emmitt Smith, 1990–2004
3 Most consecutive seasons, 200 rushing attempts: 13, Emmitt Smith, 1990–2002
4 Most consecutive seasons, 250 rushing attempts: 12, Emmitt Smith, 1991–2002
5 Most consecutive seasons, 300 rushing attempts: 8, Eddie George, 1996–2003
6 Most games, 20 rushing attempts, career: 121, Emmitt Smith, 1990–2004
7 Most games, 25 rushing attempts, career: 56, Emmitt Smith, 1991–2004
8 Most games, 30 rushing attempts, career: 21, Eric Dickerson, 1983–1991
9 Most games, 35 rushing attempts, career: 7, Walter Payton, 1976–1984
10 Most games, 40 rushing attempts, career: 2; James Wilder Sr., 1983–1984; Ricky Williams, 1999–2003
11 Most rushing yards per game average, career: 104.3, Jim Brown, 1957–1965
12 Most yards gained, career: 18,355, Emmitt Smith, 1990–2004
13 Most games, 50+ yards rushing, career: 173, Emmitt Smith, 1990–2004
14 Most games, 100+ yards rushing, career: 78, Emmitt Smith, 1990–2004
15 Most games, 150+ yards rushing, career: 25, Barry Sanders, 1989–1998
16 Most games, 200+ yards rushing, career: 6, O.J. Simpson, 1969–1979; Adrian Peterson, 2007–2015
17 Most games, 250+ yards rushing, career: 2, O.J. Simpson, 1973–1976
18 Most games, 100+ yards rushing, season: 14, Barry Sanders, 1997
19 Most games, 150+ yards rushing, season: 7, Earl Campbell, 1980; Adrian Peterson, 2012
20 Most games, 200+ yards rushing, season: 4, Earl Campbell, 1980
21 Most rushing yards by a quarterback, career: 6,109, Michael Vick, 2001–2015
22 Most rushing yards per attempt, career (minimum 750 attempts): 7.0 yards (6,109 yards/873 attempts), Michael Vick, 2001–2015
23 Most rushing yards per attempt, career (minimum 1,000 attempts): 5.38 yards (7,260 yards/1,332 attempts), Jamaal Charles, 2008–2018
24 Fewest games to reach 1,000 career rushing yards: 8, Adrian Peterson, 2007
25 Fewest games to reach 2,000 career rushing yards: 18, Eric Dickerson, 1983–1984
26 Fewest games to reach 3,000 career rushing yards: 27, Eric Dickerson, 1983–1984
27 Fewest games to reach 4,000 career rushing yards: 33, Eric Dickerson, 1983–1985
28 Fewest games to reach 5,000 career rushing yards: 45, Eric Dickerson, 1983–1985
29 Fewest games to reach 6,000 career rushing yards: 53, Eric Dickerson, 1983–1986
30 Fewest games to reach 7,000 career rushing yards: 63, Eric Dickerson, 1983–1986
31 Fewest games to reach 8,000 career rushing yards: 73, Eric Dickerson, 1983–1987
32 Fewest games to reach 9,000 career rushing yards: 82, Eric Dickerson, 1983–1988
33 Fewest games to reach 10,000 career rushing yards: 91, Eric Dickerson, 1983–1989
34 Fewest games to reach 11,000 career rushing yards: 103, Eric Dickerson, 1983–1989
35 Fewest games to reach 12,000 career rushing yards: 115, Jim Brown, 1957-1965
36 Fewest games to reach 13,000 career rushing yards: 133, Barry Sanders, 1989–1997
37 Most touchdowns, career: 164, Emmitt Smith, 1990–2004
38 Most games, 1+ rushing touchdowns, career: 117, Emmitt Smith, 1990–2004
39 Most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback, career: 70, Cam Newton, 2011–2020
  • Last Update: Jan 26, 2021
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