NFL Single Season Leaders - Rushing Yards

The following is a list of the NFL single season rushing leaders ranked by rushing yards. 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 Season Team Att Yds Avg Lg TD
1. E. Dickerson 1984 LA 379 2,105 5.6 66 14
2. A. Peterson 2012 Min 348 2,097 6.0 82t 12
3. J. Lewis 2003 Bal 387 2,066 5.3 82t 14
4. B. Sanders 1997 Det 335 2,053 6.1 82t 11
5. T. Davis 1998 Den 392 2,008 5.1 70 21
6. C. Johnson 2009 Ten 358 2,006 5.6 91t 14
7. O. Simpson 1973 Buf 332 2,003 6.0 80t 12
8. E. Campbell 1980 Hou 373 1,934 5.2 55t 13
9. A. Green 2003 GB 355 1,883 5.3 98t 15
  B. Sanders 1994 Det 331 1,883 5.7 85 7
11. S. Alexander 2005 Sea 370 1,880 5.1 88t 27
12. J. Brown 1963 Cle 291 1,863 6.4 80t 12
13. T. Barber 2005 NYG 357 1,860 5.2 95t 9
14. R. Williams 2002 Mia 383 1,853 4.8 63t 16
15. W. Payton 1977 Chi 339 1,852 5.5 73 14
16. J. Anderson 1998 Atl 410 1,846 4.5 48 14
17. D. Murray 2014 Dal 392 1,845 4.7 51 13
18. E. Dickerson 1986 LA 404 1,821 4.5 42t 11
19. O. Simpson 1975 Buf 329 1,817 5.5 88t 16
20. L. Tomlinson 2006 SD 348 1,815 5.2 85t 28
21. E. Dickerson 1983 LA 390 1,808 4.6 85t 18
22. L. Johnson 2006 KC 416 1,789 4.3 47 17
23. E. Smith 1995 Dal 377 1,773 4.7 60t 25
24. A. Peterson 2008 Min 363 1,760 4.8 67t 10
25. M. Allen 1985 LAR 380 1,759 4.6 61t 11
26. T. Davis 1997 Den 369 1,750 4.7 50t 15
  L. Johnson 2005 KC 336 1,750 5.2 49t 20
28. G. Riggs 1985 Atl 397 1,719 4.3 50 10
29. E. Smith 1992 Dal 373 1,713 4.6 68t 18
30. E. James 2000 Ind 387 1,709 4.4 30 13
31. M. Turner 2008 Atl 376 1,699 4.5 70 17
32. E. Campbell 1979 Hou 368 1,697 4.6 61t 19
  C. Martin 2004 NYJ 371 1,697 4.6 25t 12
34. S. Alexander 2004 Sea 353 1,696 4.8 44 16
35. F. Gore 2006 SF 312 1,695 5.4 72 8
36. B. Foster 1992 Pit 390 1,690 4.3 69 11
37. W. Payton 1984 Chi 381 1,684 4.4 72t 11
38. L. Tomlinson 2002 SD 372 1,683 4.5 76 14
39. G. Rogers 1981 NO 378 1,674 4.4 79t 13
40. J. Bettis 1997 Pit 375 1,665 4.4 34 7
41. T. Barber 2006 NYG 327 1,662 5.1 55t 5
42. E. Dickerson 1988 Ind 388 1,659 4.3 41t 14
43. T. Dorsett 1981 Dal 342 1,646 4.8 75t 4
44. L. Tomlinson 2003 SD 313 1,645 5.3 73t 13
45. D. McAllister 2003 NO 351 1,641 4.7 76t 8
46. C. Dillon 2004 NE 345 1,635 4.7 44 12
47. E. Elliott 2016 Dal 322 1,631 5.1 60t 15
48. A. Foster 2010 Hou 327 1,616 4.9 74t 16
49. P. Holmes 2002 KC 313 1,615 5.2 56 21
50. A. Morris 2012 Was 335 1,613 4.8 39t 13