Detroit Lions Single Season Rushing Leaders

Ranked by Rushing Attempts

The following are the Detroit Lions single season 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 single season leader in rushing attempts with 343.

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

      Rushing
Player Season Team Att Yds Avg Lg TD
  B. Sanders 1998 Det 343 1,491 4.3 73t 4
  B. Sanders 1991 Det 342 1,548 4.5 69t 16
  J. Stewart 2000 Det 339 1,184 3.5 34 10
  B. Sanders 1997 Det 335 2,053 6.1 82t 11
  B. Sanders 1994 Det 331 1,883 5.7 85 7
  B. Sanders 1995 Det 314 1,500 4.8 75t 11
  B. Sims 1980 Det 313 1,303 4.2 52 13
  B. Sanders 1992 Det 312 1,352 4.3 55t 9
  B. Sanders 1996 Det 307 1,553 5.1 54t 11
  B. Sims 1981 Det 296 1,437 4.9 51 13
  B. Sanders 1989 Det 280 1,470 5.2 34 14
  B. Sanders 1990 Det 255 1,304 5.1 45t 13
  J. Jones 1986 Det 252 903 3.6 39 8
  S. Owens 1971 Det 246 1,035 4.2 23 8
  J. Jones 1985 Det 244 886 3.6 29 6
  B. Sanders 1993 Det 243 1,115 4.6 42 3
  K. Jones 2004 Det 241 1,133 4.7 74 5
  K. Smith 2008 Det 238 976 4.1 50 8
  J. Stewart 2002 Det 231 1,021 4.4 56 4
  D. Bussey 1978 Det 225 924 4.1 36 5
  J. Bell 2014 Det 223 860 3.9 57 7
  R. Bush 2013 Det 223 1,006 4.5 39 4
  B. Sims 1983 Det 220 1,040 4.7 41 7
  K. Smith 2009 Det 217 747 3.4 31 4
  M. Leshoure 2012 Det 215 798 3.7 16 9
  M. Farr 1967 Det 206 860 4.2 57 3
  N. Pietrosante 1961 Det 201 841 4.2 42 5
  A. Taylor 1970 Det 198 666 3.4 34 2
  D. Bussey 1976 Det 196 858 4.4 46 3
  A. Taylor 1975 Det 195 638 3.3 24 4
  A. Gutowsky 1936 Det 191 827 4.3 0 6
  K. Jones 2005 Det 186 664 3.6 40 5
  G. James 1988 Det 182 552 3.0 35 5
  K. Jones 2006 Det 181 689 3.8 52 6
  A. Taylor 1973 Det 176 719 4.1 34 5
  A. Taylor 1971 Det 174 736 4.2 36t 4
  B. Sims 1982 Det 172 639 3.7 29 4
  J. Best 2010 Det 171 555 3.2 45 4
  J. Bell 2013 Det 166 650 3.9 20 8
  M. Farr 1970 Det 166 717 4.3 36 9
  A. Abdullah 2017 Det 165 552 3.3 34 4
  N. Pietrosante 1960 Det 161 872 5.4 57 8
  G. James 1986 Det 159 688 4.3 60t 3
  S. Bryson 2003 Det 158 606 3.8 39 3
  D. Bussey 1975 Det 157 696 4.4 32t 2
  C. Wilson 1948 Det 157 612 3.9 38 2
  L. Gaines 1976 Det 155 659 4.3 26t 4
  H. King 1977 Det 155 521 3.4 35 1
  H. King 1978 Det 155 660 4.3 75t 4
  L. Blount 2018 Det 154 418 2.7 27 5