NFL Yearly Leaders - Rushing Attempts

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

      Rushing
Year Player Team Att Yds Avg Lg TD
2017 L. Bell Pit 321 1,291 4.0 27 9
2016 E. Elliott Dal 322 1,631 5.1 60t 15
2015 A. Peterson Min 327 1,485 4.5 80t 11
2014 D. Murray Dal 392 1,845 4.7 51 13
2013 L. McCoy Phi 314 1,607 5.1 57t 9
2012 A. Foster Hou 351 1,424 4.1 46 15
2011 M. Jones-Drew Jax 343 1,606 4.7 56 8
2010 M. Turner Atl 334 1,371 4.1 55 12
2009 C. Johnson Ten 358 2,006 5.6 91t 14
2008 M. Turner Atl 376 1,699 4.5 70 17
2007 C. Portis Was 325 1,262 3.9 32 11
2006 L. Johnson KC 416 1,789 4.3 47 17
2005 S. Alexander Sea 370 1,880 5.1 88t 27
2004 C. Martin NYJ 371 1,697 4.6 25t 12
2003 R. Williams Mia 392 1,372 3.5 45 9
2002 R. Williams Mia 383 1,853 4.8 63t 16
2001 S. Davis Was 356 1,432 4.0 32 5
2000 E. George Ten 403 1,509 3.7 35t 14
1999 E. James Ind 369 1,553 4.2 72 13
1998 J. Anderson Atl 410 1,846 4.5 48 14
1997 J. Bettis Pit 375 1,665 4.4 34 7
1996 R. Watters Phi 353 1,411 4.0 56t 13
1995 E. Smith Dal 377 1,773 4.7 60t 25
1994 E. Smith Dal 368 1,484 4.0 46 21
1993 T. Thomas Buf 355 1,315 3.7 27 6
1992 B. Foster Pit 390 1,690 4.3 69 11
1991 E. Smith Dal 365 1,563 4.3 75t 12
1990 E. Byner Was 297 1,219 4.1 22 6
1989 C. Okoye KC 370 1,480 4.0 59 12
1988 E. Dickerson Ind 388 1,659 4.3 41t 14
1987 C. White LA 324 1,374 4.2 58 11
1986 E. Dickerson LA 404 1,821 4.5 42t 11
1985 G. Riggs Atl 397 1,719 4.3 50 10
1984 J. Wilder TB 407 1,544 3.8 37 13
1983 E. Dickerson LA 390 1,808 4.6 85t 18
1982 T. Dorsett Dal 177 745 4.2 99t 5
  A. Franklin Mia 177 701 4.0 25t 7
  J. Riggins Was 177 553 3.1 19 3
1981 G. Rogers NO 378 1,674 4.4 79t 13
1980 E. Campbell Hou 373 1,934 5.2 55t 13
1979 W. Payton Chi 369 1,610 4.4 43t 14
1978 W. Payton Chi 333 1,395 4.2 76 11
1977 W. Payton Chi 339 1,852 5.5 73 14
1976 W. Payton Chi 311 1,390 4.5 60 13
1975 O. Simpson Buf 329 1,817 5.5 88t 16
1974 O. Simpson Buf 270 1,125 4.2 41t 3
1973 O. Simpson Buf 332 2,003 6.0 80t 12
1972 R. Johnson NYG 298 1,182 4.0 35t 9
1971 F. Little Den 284 1,133 4.0 40 6
1970 R. Johnson NYG 263 1,027 3.9 68t 8
1969 J. Nance (AFL) Bos 193 750 3.9 43 6
  G. Sayers (NFL) Chi 236 1,032 4.4 28 8
1968 P. Robinson (AFL) Cin 238 1,023 4.3 87t 8
  L. Kelly (NFL) Cle 248 1,239 5.0 65 16
1967 J. Nance (AFL) Bos 269 1,216 4.5 53 7
  L. Kelly (NFL) Cle 235 1,205 5.1 42t 11
1966 J. Nance (AFL) Bos 299 1,458 4.9 65t 11
  B. Brown (NFL) Min 251 829 3.3 33t 6
1965 C. Gilchrist (AFL) Den 252 954 3.8 44 6
  J. Brown (NFL) Cle 289 1,544 5.3 67 17
1964 C. Gilchrist (AFL) Buf 230 981 4.3 67 6
  J. Brown (NFL) Cle 280 1,446 5.2 71 7
1963 C. Gilchrist (AFL) Buf 232 979 4.2 32 12
  J. Brown (NFL) Cle 291 1,863 6.4 80t 12
1962 C. Tolar (AFL) Hou 244 1,012 4.1 25 7
  J. Taylor (NFL) GB 272 1,474 5.4 51 19
1961 B. Mathis (AFL) NYT 202 846 4.2 30 7
  J. Brown (NFL) Cle 305 1,408 4.6 38 8
1960 A. Haynes (AFL) DalT 156 875 5.6 67 9
  J. Taylor (NFL) GB 230 1,101 4.8 32 11
1959 J. Brown Cle 290 1,329 4.6 70t 14
1958 J. Brown Cle 257 1,527 5.9 65t 17
1957 R. Casares Chi 204 700 3.4 25t 6
1956 R. Casares Chi 234 1,126 4.8 68 12
1955 A. Ameche Bal 213 961 4.5 79 9
1954 J. Perry SF 173 1,049 6.1 58 8
1953 J. Perry SF 192 1,018 5.3 51 10
1952 E. Price NYG 183 748 4.1 75 5
1951 E. Price NYG 271 971 3.6 80 7
1950 J. Geri Pit 188 705 3.8 47 2
  S. Van Buren Phi 188 629 3.3 41 4