NFL Career Leaders - Rushing Attempts

The following is a list of the NFL career rushing leaders ranked by rushing attempts. Statistics are current through the 2018 NFL season and include stats accrued in NFL, AFL and APFA games.

Active players are listed in bold.

      Rushing
Player Gms Att Yds Avg Lg TD
1. E. Smith 226 4,409 18,355 4.2 75t 164
2. W. Payton 190 3,838 16,726 4.4 76 110
3. C. Martin 168 3,518 14,101 4.0 70t 90
4. J. Bettis 192 3,479 13,662 3.9 71t 91
5. F. Gore 209 3,377 14,734 4.4 80t 77
6. L. Tomlinson 170 3,174 13,684 4.3 85t 145
7. B. Sanders 153 3,062 15,269 5.0 85 99
8. E. James 148 3,028 12,246 4.0 72 80
9. M. Allen 222 3,022 12,243 4.1 61t 123
10. E. Dickerson 146 2,996 13,259 4.4 85t 90
11. F. Harris 173 2,949 12,120 4.1 75t 91
12. T. Dorsett 173 2,936 12,739 4.3 99t 77
13. J. Riggins 175 2,916 11,352 3.9 66t 104
14. T. Thomas 182 2,877 12,074 4.2 80t 65
15. E. George 141 2,865 10,441 3.6 76 68
16. M. Faulk 176 2,836 12,279 4.3 71t 100
17. A. Peterson 146 2,776 13,148 4.7 90t 106
18. S. Jackson 160 2,764 11,438 4.1 59t 69
19. T. Jones 180 2,678 10,591 4.0 71t 68
20. W. Dunn 181 2,669 10,967 4.1 90t 49
21. R. Watters 144 2,622 10,643 4.1 57 78
22. C. Dillon 150 2,618 11,241 4.3 96t 82
23. O. Anderson 182 2,562 10,273 4.0 76t 81
24. J. Lewis 131 2,542 10,607 4.2 82t 58
25. F. Taylor 153 2,534 11,695 4.6 80t 66
26. M. Lynch 148 2,441 10,379 4.3 79t 84
27. R. Williams 147 2,431 10,009 4.1 68t 66
28. O. Simpson 135 2,404 11,236 4.7 94t 61
29. J. Brown 118 2,359 12,312 5.2 80t 106
30. M. Forte 146 2,356 9,796 4.2 68t 54
31. L. McCoy 145 2,330 10,571 4.5 75t 68
32. C. Portis 113 2,230 9,923 4.4 78 75
33. T. Barber 154 2,217 10,449 4.7 95t 55
34. S. Alexander 123 2,187 9,453 4.3 88t 100
  E. Campbell 115 2,187 9,407 4.3 81t 74
36. C. Johnson 130 2,163 9,651 4.5 94t 55
37. T. Allen 130 2,152 8,614 4.0 55t 73
38. E. Byner 211 2,095 8,261 3.9 54 56
  W. McGahee 142 2,095 8,474 4.0 77t 65
40. A. Green 148 2,056 9,205 4.5 98t 60
41. R. Craig 165 1,991 8,189 4.1 71 56
42. G. Riggs 129 1,989 8,188 4.1 58 69
43. H. Walker 187 1,954 8,225 4.2 91t 61
44. S. Davis 143 1,945 8,052 4.1 76t 65
45. J. Taylor 132 1,941 8,597 4.4 84t 83
46. L. Csonka 146 1,891 8,081 4.3 54t 64
47. M. Jones-Drew 126 1,847 8,167 4.4 80t 68
48. M. Pruitt 152 1,844 7,378 4.0 77t 51
49. G. Hearst 126 1,831 7,966 4.4 96t 30
50. R. Hampton 104 1,824 6,897 3.8 63t 49