Detroit Lions Career Rushing Leaders

Ranked by Rushing Attempts

The following are the Detroit Lions career rushing leaders ranked by rushing attempts. Included are player stats for the Detroit Lions (NFL) from 1934-2020 and the Portsmouth Spartans (NFL) from 1930-1933. Only stats for Regular Season Games have been included. Barry Sanders is the Detroit Lions career leader in rushing attempts with 3,062.

Players active with the Detroit Lions during the 2019 NFL season are listed in bold.

      Rushing
Player Gms Att Yds Avg Lg TD
1. B. Sanders 153 3,062 15,269 5.0 85 99
2. D. Bussey 150 1,203 5,105 4.2 46 18
3. A. Taylor 91 1,165 4,297 3.7 38t 24
4. B. Sims 60 1,131 5,106 4.5 81 42
5. J. Jones 85 960 3,452 3.6 39 23
6. N. Pietrosante 89 938 3,933 4.2 57 28
7. A. Gutowsky 77 864 3,077 3.6 0 20
8. K. Jones 53 761 3,067 4.0 74 24
9. M. Farr 69 739 3,072 4.2 57 26
10. J. Stewart 41 713 2,890 4.1 56 15
11. D. Lewis 84 651 2,698 4.1 74t 16
12. S. Owens 53 635 2,451 3.9 27 20
13. D. Clark 75 606 2,772 4.6 0 36
14. K. Smith 54 598 2,346 3.9 50 17
15. J. Bell 63 561 2,235 4.0 67 22
16. B. Hoernschemeyer 59 553 2,439 4.4 96 17
17. H. King 123 549 2,081 3.8 75t 9
18. B. Shepherd 51 450 1,699 3.8 0 11
19. E. Caddel 64 443 2,311 5.2 0 20
20. B. Layne 97 432 1,793 4.2 36 13
21. T. Watkins 64 425 1,582 3.7 60 10
22. G. James 40 423 1,510 3.6 60t 12
23. G. Presnell 74 413 1,593 3.9 0 18
24. R. Kane 113 392 1,443 3.7 35 12
25. G. Landry 102 389 2,502 6.4 76 19
26. C. Wilson 45 378 1,453 3.8 48 6
27. G. Gedman 45 377 1,221 3.2 59 17
28. A. Abdullah 35 327 1,251 3.8 36 6
29. A. Marsh 41 323 1,157 3.6 62t 11
30. M. Stafford 149 316 1,086 3.4 24 14
31. H. Cassady 74 315 1,223 3.9 57 6
32. D. Walker 67 309 1,520 4.9 51 12
33. B. Triplett 68 300 969 3.2 33 4
34. R. Bush 25 299 1,303 4.4 39 6
35. T. Riddick 84 288 1,023 3.6 42 5
36. T. Nowatzke 65 284 989 3.5 21 12
37. S. Bryson 54 274 1,177 4.3 77t 4
38. J. Johnson 31 267 1,145 4.3 62 7
39. M. Morris 44 263 1,036 3.9 64t 8
40. J. Best 22 255 945 3.7 88t 6
41. K. Webb 61 252 833 3.3 29 8
42. L. Carpenter 35 248 1,043 4.2 60 9
43. F. Sinkwich 20 243 829 3.4 72 7
44. B. Dudley 28 238 801 3.4 28 5
45. W. White 22 235 754 3.2 20 7
46. L. Gaines 43 232 892 3.8 26t 5
47. K. Johnson 18 231 1,044 4.5 71 6
48. M. Leshoure 17 217 807 3.7 16 9
49. B. Westfall 41 209 697 3.3 75 11
50. L. Cardwell 57 205 905 4.4 80 8