Detroit Lions Career Rushing Leaders

Ranked by Rushing Yards

The following are the Detroit Lions career rushing leaders ranked by rushing yards. 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 yards with 15,269.

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. B. Sims 60 1,131 5,106 4.5 81 42
3. D. Bussey 150 1,203 5,105 4.2 46 18
4. A. Taylor 91 1,165 4,297 3.7 38t 24
5. N. Pietrosante 89 938 3,933 4.2 57 28
6. J. Jones 85 960 3,452 3.6 39 23
7. A. Gutowsky 77 864 3,077 3.6 0 20
8. M. Farr 69 739 3,072 4.2 57 26
9. K. Jones 53 761 3,067 4.0 74 24
10. J. Stewart 41 713 2,890 4.1 56 15
11. D. Clark 75 606 2,772 4.6 0 36
12. D. Lewis 84 651 2,698 4.1 74t 16
13. G. Landry 102 389 2,502 6.4 76 19
14. S. Owens 53 635 2,451 3.9 27 20
15. B. Hoernschemeyer 59 553 2,439 4.4 96 17
16. K. Smith 54 598 2,346 3.9 50 17
17. E. Caddel 64 443 2,311 5.2 0 20
18. J. Bell 63 561 2,235 4.0 67 22
19. H. King 123 549 2,081 3.8 75t 9
20. B. Layne 97 432 1,793 4.2 36 13
21. B. Shepherd 51 450 1,699 3.8 0 11
22. G. Presnell 74 413 1,593 3.9 0 18
23. T. Watkins 64 425 1,582 3.7 60 10
24. D. Walker 67 309 1,520 4.9 51 12
25. G. James 40 423 1,510 3.6 60t 12
26. C. Wilson 45 378 1,453 3.8 48 6
27. R. Kane 113 392 1,443 3.7 35 12
28. R. Bush 25 299 1,303 4.4 39 6
29. A. Abdullah 35 327 1,251 3.8 36 6
30. H. Cassady 74 315 1,223 3.9 57 6
31. G. Gedman 45 377 1,221 3.2 59 17
32. S. Bryson 54 274 1,177 4.3 77t 4
33. A. Marsh 41 323 1,157 3.6 62t 11
34. J. Johnson 31 267 1,145 4.3 62 7
35. M. Stafford 149 316 1,086 3.4 24 14
36. K. Johnson 18 231 1,044 4.5 71 6
37. L. Carpenter 35 248 1,043 4.2 60 9
38. M. Morris 44 263 1,036 3.9 64t 8
39. T. Riddick 84 288 1,023 3.6 42 5
40. T. Nowatzke 65 284 989 3.5 21 12
41. B. Triplett 68 300 969 3.2 33 4
42. J. Best 22 255 945 3.7 88t 6
43. L. Cardwell 57 205 905 4.4 80 8
44. L. Gaines 43 232 892 3.8 26t 5
45. R. Peete 47 171 884 5.2 37 13
46. T. Rote 34 182 873 4.8 27 6
47. K. Webb 61 252 833 3.3 29 8
48. F. Sinkwich 20 243 829 3.4 72 7
49. M. Leshoure 17 217 807 3.7 16 9
50. B. Dudley 28 238 801 3.4 28 5