NFL History - Yearly NFL Rushing Leaders

NFL Yearly Leaders: Passing Leaders - Rushing Leaders - Receiving Leaders

Below is a table of single-season leaders in NFL rushing yards for the AFC.

YearPlayer, TeamAtt.YardsAvg.TD
2014Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers29013614.78
2013Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs2591287512
2012Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs28515095.35
2011Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars34316064.78
2010Arian Foster, Houston Texans32716164.916
2009Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans35820065.614
2008Thomas Jones, New York Jets29013124.513
2007LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers31514744.715
2006LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers34818155.228
2005Larry Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs33617505.220
2004Curtis Martin, New York Jets37116974.612
2003Jamal Lewis, Baltimore Ravens38720665.314
2002Ricky Williams, Miami Dolphins38318534.816
2001Priest Holmes, Kansas City Chiefs32715554.88
2000Edgerrin James, Indianapolis Colts38717094.413
1999Edgerrin James, Indianapolis Colts36915534.213
1998Terrell Davis, Denver Broncos39220085.121
1997Terrell Davis, Denver Broncos36917504.715
1996Terrell Davis, Denver Broncos34515384.513
1995Curtis Martin, New England Patriots3681487414
1994Chris Warren, Seattle Seahawks33315454.69
1993Thurman Thomas, Buffalo Bills35513153.76
1992Barry Foster, Pittsburgh Steelers39016904.311
1991Thurman Thomas, Buffalo Bills28814074.97
1990Thurman Thomas, Buffalo Bills27112974.811
1989Christian Okoye, Kansas City Chiefs3701480412
1988Eric Dickerson, Indianapolis Colts38816594.314
1987Eric Dickerson, Indianapolis Colts22310114.55
1986Curt Warner, Seattle Seahawks31914814.613
1985Marcus Allen, Los Angeles Raiders38017594.611
1984Earnest Jackson, San Diego Chargers296117948
1983Curt Warner, Seattle Seahawks33514494.313
1982Freeman McNeil, New York Jets1517865.26
1981Earl Campbell, Houston Oilers36113763.810
1980Earl Campbell, Houston Oilers37319345.213
1979Earl Campbell, Houston Oilers36816974.619
1978Earl Campbell, Houston Oilers30214504.813
1977Mark van Eeghen, Oakland Raiders32412733.97
1976O.J. Simpson, Buffalo Bills29015035.28
1975O.J. Simpson, Buffalo Bills32918175.516
1974Otis Armstrong, Denver Broncos26314075.39
1973O.J. Simpson, Buffalo Bills3322003612
1972O.J. Simpson, Buffalo Bills29212514.36
1971Floyd Little, Denver Broncos284113346
1970Floyd Little, Denver Broncos2099014.33
1969Dickie Post, San Diego Chargers1828734.86
1968Paul Robinson, Cincinnati Bengals23810234.38
1967Jim Nance, Boston Patriots26912164.57
1966Jim Nance, Boston Patriots29914584.911
1965Paul Lowe, San Diego Chargers222112157
1964Cookie Gilchrist, Buffalo Bills2309814.36
1963Clem Daniels, Oakland Raiders21510995.13
1962Cookie Gilchrist, Buffalo Bills21410965.113
1961Billy Cannon, Houston Oilers2009484.76
1960Abner Haynes, Dallas Texans1568755.69



Below is a table of single-season leaders in NFL rushing yards for the NFC.

YearPlayer, TeamAtt.YardsAvg.TD
2014DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys39218454.713
2013LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles31416075.19
2012Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings3482097612
2011Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons30113404.511
2010Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons33413714.112
2009Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams32414164.44
2008Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings36317604.810
2007Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings23813415.612
2006Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers31216955.48
2005Shaun Alexander, Seattle Seahawks37018805.127
2004Shaun Alexander, Seattle Seahawks35316964.616
2003Ahman Green, Green Bay Packers35518835.315
2002Deuce McAllister, New Orleans Saints32513884.313
2001Stephen Davis, Washington Redskins356143245
2000Robert Smith, Minnesota Vikings29515215.27
1999Stephen Davis, Washington Redskins29014054.817
1998Jamal Anderson, Atlanta Falcons41018464.514
1997Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions33520536.111
1996Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions30715535.111
1995Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys37717734.725
1994Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions33118835.77
1993Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys28314865.39
1992Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys37317134.618
1991Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys36515634.312
1990Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions25513045.113
1989Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions28014705.314
1988Herschel Walker, Dallas Cowboys36115144.25
1987Charles White, Los Angeles Rams32413744.211
1986Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams40418214.511
1985Gerald Riggs, Atlanta Falcons39717194.310
1984Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams37921055.614
1983Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams39018084.618
1982Tony Dorsett, Dallas Cowboys1777454.25
1981George Rogers, New Orleans Saints37816744.413
1980Walter Payton, Chicago Bears31714604.66
1979Walter Payton, Chicago Bears36916104.414
1978Walter Payton, Chicago Bears33313954.211
1977Walter Payton, Chicago Bears33918525.514
1976Walter Payton, Chicago Bears31113904.513
1975Jim Otis, St. Louis Cardinals269107645
1974Lawrence McCutcheon, Los Angeles Rams23611094.73
1973John Brockington, Green Bay Packers26511444.33
1972Larry Brown, Washington Redskins28512164.38
1971John Brockington, Green Bay Packers21611055.14
1970Larry Brown, Washington Redskins23711254.75
1969Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears23610324.48
1968Leroy Kelly, Cleveland Browns2481239516
1967Leroy Kelly, Cleveland Browns23512055.111
1966Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears22912315.48
1965Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns28915445.317
1964Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns28014465.27
1963Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns29118636.412
1962Jim Taylor, Green Bay Packers27214745.419
1961Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns30514084.68
1960Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns21512575.89