NFL Yearly Leaders - Rushing Yards

The following is a list of the NFL yearly rushing leaders ranked by rushing yards. 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 K. Hunt KC 272 1,327 4.9 69t 8
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. Peterson Min 348 2,097 6.0 82t 12
2011 M. Jones-Drew Jax 343 1,606 4.7 56 8
2010 A. Foster Hou 327 1,616 4.9 74t 16
2009 C. Johnson Ten 358 2,006 5.6 91t 14
2008 A. Peterson Min 363 1,760 4.8 67t 10
2007 L. Tomlinson SD 315 1,474 4.7 49 15
2006 L. Tomlinson SD 348 1,815 5.2 85t 28
2005 S. Alexander Sea 370 1,880 5.1 88t 27
2004 C. Martin NYJ 371 1,697 4.6 25t 12
2003 J. Lewis Bal 387 2,066 5.3 82t 14
2002 R. Williams Mia 383 1,853 4.8 63t 16
2001 P. Holmes KC 327 1,555 4.8 41 8
2000 E. James Ind 387 1,709 4.4 30 13
1999 E. James Ind 369 1,553 4.2 72 13
1998 T. Davis Den 392 2,008 5.1 70 21
1997 B. Sanders Det 335 2,053 6.1 82t 11
1996 B. Sanders Det 307 1,553 5.1 54t 11
1995 E. Smith Dal 377 1,773 4.7 60t 25
1994 B. Sanders Det 331 1,883 5.7 85 7
1993 E. Smith Dal 283 1,486 5.3 62t 9
1992 E. Smith Dal 373 1,713 4.6 68t 18
1991 E. Smith Dal 365 1,563 4.3 75t 12
1990 B. Sanders Det 255 1,304 5.1 45t 13
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 M. Allen LAR 380 1,759 4.6 61t 11
1984 E. Dickerson LA 379 2,105 5.6 66 14
1983 E. Dickerson LA 390 1,808 4.6 85t 18
1982 F. McNeil NYJ 151 786 5.2 48 6
1981 G. Rogers NO 378 1,674 4.4 79t 13
1980 E. Campbell Hou 373 1,934 5.2 55t 13
1979 E. Campbell Hou 368 1,697 4.6 61t 19
1978 E. Campbell Hou 302 1,450 4.8 81t 13
1977 W. Payton Chi 339 1,852 5.5 73 14
1976 O. Simpson Buf 290 1,503 5.2 75t 8
1975 O. Simpson Buf 329 1,817 5.5 88t 16
1974 O. Armstrong Den 263 1,407 5.3 43 9
1973 O. Simpson Buf 332 2,003 6.0 80t 12
1972 O. Simpson Buf 292 1,251 4.3 94t 6
1971 F. Little Den 284 1,133 4.0 40 6
1970 L. Brown Was 237 1,125 4.7 75t 5
1969 D. Post (AFL) SD 182 873 4.8 60 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
  G. Sayers (NFL) Chi 229 1,231 5.4 58t 8
1965 P. Lowe (AFL) SD 222 1,121 5.0 59t 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. Daniels (AFL) Oak 215 1,099 5.1 74 3
  J. Brown (NFL) Cle 291 1,863 6.4 80t 12
1962 C. Gilchrist (AFL) Buf 214 1,096 5.1 44 13
  J. Taylor (NFL) GB 272 1,474 5.4 51 19
1961 B. Cannon (AFL) Hou 200 948 4.7 61t 6
  J. Brown (NFL) Cle 305 1,408 4.6 38 8
1960 A. Haynes (AFL) DalT 156 875 5.6 67 9
  J. Brown (NFL) Cle 215 1,257 5.8 71t 9
1959 J. Brown Cle 290 1,329 4.6 70t 14
1958 J. Brown Cle 257 1,527 5.9 65t 17
1957 J. Brown Cle 202 942 4.7 69t 9
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 D. Towler LA 156 894 5.7 44 10
1951 E. Price NYG 271 971 3.6 80 7
1950 M. Motley Cle 140 810 5.8 69 3