NFL Career Leaders - Rushing Average

The following is a list of the NFL career rushing leaders ranked by rushing average. Statistics are current through the 2017 NFL season and include stats accrued in NFL, AFL and APFA games.

Active players are listed in bold.

Leaders based on 750 rushing attempts

      Rushing
Player Gms Att Yds Avg Lg TD
1. M. Vick 143 873 6,109 7.0 61 36
2. R. Cunningham 161 775 4,928 6.4 52t 35
3. J. Charles 117 1,401 7,556 5.4 91t 44
4. J. Brown 118 2,359 12,312 5.2 80t 106
5. C. Newton 109 828 4,320 5.2 72t 54
6. M. Morris 99 804 4,133 5.1 70t 31
7. G. Sayers 68 991 4,956 5.0 70 39
8. B. Sanders 153 3,062 15,269 5.0 85 99
9. N. Kaufman 91 978 4,792 4.9 83t 12
10. P. Lowe 100 1,026 4,995 4.9 87t 38
11. L. Moore 143 1,069 5,174 4.8 79 63
12. R. Smith 98 1,411 6,818 4.8 78t 32
13. J. Perry 156 1,737 8,378 4.8 78 53
14. M. Hubbard 103 951 4,544 4.8 53 23
15. A. Peterson 133 2,574 12,276 4.8 82t 99
16. W. Tyler 108 1,344 6,378 4.7 69t 50
17. J. Forsett 122 820 3,890 4.7 81t 19
18. G. Pruitt 158 1,196 5,672 4.7 78t 27
19. T. Younger 112 770 3,640 4.7 75 34
20. J. Brooks 162 1,685 7,962 4.7 65t 49
21. S. Mitchell 116 986 4,649 4.7 64 32
22. T. Barber 154 2,217 10,449 4.7 95t 55
23. H. McElhenny 143 1,124 5,281 4.7 89 38
24. D. Williams 142 1,730 8,096 4.7 77 61
25. O. Simpson 135 2,404 11,236 4.7 94t 61
26. L. McCoy 133 2,185 10,092 4.6 75t 66
27. C. Garner 147 1,537 7,097 4.6 55t 39
28. F. Taylor 153 2,534 11,695 4.6 80t 66
29. T. Davis 78 1,655 7,607 4.6 71t 60
30. P. Holmes 113 1,780 8,172 4.6 72 86
31. G. Ellis 103 836 3,826 4.6 71 25
32. B. Westbrook 121 1,385 6,335 4.6 71t 41
33. P. Thomas 110 833 3,809 4.6 48 28
34. T. Metcalf 81 766 3,498 4.6 75t 24
35. W. Andrews 87 1,315 5,986 4.6 33 30
36. A. Bradshaw 103 1,083 4,928 4.6 88t 36
37. H. Granger 83 805 3,653 4.5 69t 19
38. M. Ingram 94 1,183 5,362 4.5 75t 44
39. C. Davis 89 804 3,640 4.5 45t 26
40. B. Sims 60 1,131 5,106 4.5 81 42
41. F. McNeil 144 1,798 8,074 4.5 69 38
42. C. Daniels 110 1,146 5,138 4.5 74 30
43. A. Green 148 2,056 9,205 4.5 98t 60
  M. Turner 134 1,639 7,338 4.5 83t 66
45. D. Murray 99 1,604 7,174 4.5 91t 49
46. A. Haynes 112 1,036 4,630 4.5 80 46
47. B. Jacobs 109 1,141 5,094 4.5 73 60
48. K. Lincoln 99 758 3,383 4.5 86t 19
49. C. Johnson 130 2,163 9,651 4.5 94t 55
50. C. Portis 113 2,230 9,923 4.4 78 75