Detroit Lions Single Season Rushing Leaders

Ranked by Rushing Average

The following are the Detroit Lions single season rushing leaders ranked by rushing average. 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. Dutch Clark is the Detroit Lions single season leader in rushing average with 6.20.

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

Leaders based on 100 rushing attempts

      Rushing
Player Season Team Att Yds Avg Lg TD
  D. Clark 1934 Det 123 763 6.2 0 8
  B. Sanders 1997 Det 335 2,053 6.1 82t 11
  B. Sanders 1994 Det 331 1,883 5.7 85 7
  K. Johnson 2018 Det 118 641 5.4 71 3
  N. Pietrosante 1960 Det 161 872 5.4 57 8
  B. Sims 1984 Det 130 687 5.3 81 5
  B. Sanders 1989 Det 280 1,470 5.2 34 14
  B. Hoernschemeyer 1951 Det 132 678 5.1 85 2
  B. Sanders 1990 Det 255 1,304 5.1 45t 13
  D. Clark 1936 Det 123 628 5.1 0 7
  B. Sanders 1996 Det 307 1,553 5.1 54t 11
  E. Caddel 1934 Det 105 528 5.0 0 4
  D. Bussey 1980 Det 145 720 5.0 40 3
  B. Sims 1981 Det 296 1,437 4.9 51 13
  J. Johnson 1957 Det 129 621 4.8 62 5
  J. Stewart 2001 Det 143 685 4.8 38 1
  B. Sanders 1995 Det 314 1,500 4.8 75t 11
  B. Hoernschemeyer 1953 Det 101 482 4.8 49 7
  B. Sims 1983 Det 220 1,040 4.7 41 7
  K. Jones 2004 Det 241 1,133 4.7 74 5
  M. Farr 1968 Det 128 597 4.7 46 3
  B. Sanders 1993 Det 243 1,115 4.6 42 3
  L. Carpenter 1954 Det 104 476 4.6 60 3
  B. Shepherd 1938 Det 100 455 4.5 0 3
  B. Sanders 1991 Det 342 1,548 4.5 69t 16
  R. Bush 2013 Det 223 1,006 4.5 39 4
  D. Bussey 1975 Det 157 696 4.4 32t 2
  G. Presnell 1933 Port 118 522 4.4 0 6
  J. Stewart 2002 Det 231 1,021 4.4 56 4
  D. Bussey 1976 Det 196 858 4.4 46 3
  B. Sanders 1998 Det 343 1,491 4.3 73t 4
  D. Bussey 1979 Det 144 625 4.3 38 1
  B. Sanders 1992 Det 312 1,352 4.3 55t 9
  A. Gutowsky 1936 Det 191 827 4.3 0 6
  G. James 1986 Det 159 688 4.3 60t 3
  M. Farr 1970 Det 166 717 4.3 36 9
  B. Hoernschemeyer 1952 Det 106 457 4.3 41 4
  T. Watkins 1962 Det 113 485 4.3 60 3
  A. Taylor 1972 Det 154 658 4.3 38t 4
  H. King 1978 Det 155 660 4.3 75t 4
  L. Gaines 1976 Det 155 659 4.3 26t 4
  D. Bussey 1981 Det 105 446 4.2 23 0
  A. Taylor 1971 Det 174 736 4.2 36t 4
  S. Owens 1971 Det 246 1,035 4.2 23 8
  N. Pietrosante 1961 Det 201 841 4.2 42 5
  A. Abdullah 2015 Det 143 597 4.2 36 2
  M. Farr 1967 Det 206 860 4.2 57 3
  B. Sims 1980 Det 313 1,303 4.2 52 13
  D. Bussey 1978 Det 225 924 4.1 36 5
  K. Smith 2008 Det 238 976 4.1 50 8