Detroit Lions Single Season Rushing Leaders

Ranked by Rushing Yards

The following are the Detroit Lions single season rushing leaders ranked by rushing yards. Included are player stats for the Detroit Lions (NFL) from 1934-2019 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 yards with 2,053.

Players active with the Detroit Lions during the 2018 NFL season are listed in bold.

      Rushing
Player Season Team Att Yds Avg Lg TD
  B. Sanders 1997 Det 335 2,053 6.1 82t 11
  B. Sanders 1994 Det 331 1,883 5.7 85 7
  B. Sanders 1996 Det 307 1,553 5.1 54t 11
  B. Sanders 1991 Det 342 1,548 4.5 69t 16
  B. Sanders 1995 Det 314 1,500 4.8 75t 11
  B. Sanders 1998 Det 343 1,491 4.3 73t 4
  B. Sanders 1989 Det 280 1,470 5.2 34 14
  B. Sims 1981 Det 296 1,437 4.9 51 13
  B. Sanders 1992 Det 312 1,352 4.3 55t 9
  B. Sanders 1990 Det 255 1,304 5.1 45t 13
  B. Sims 1980 Det 313 1,303 4.2 52 13
  J. Stewart 2000 Det 339 1,184 3.5 34 10
  K. Jones 2004 Det 241 1,133 4.7 74 5
  B. Sanders 1993 Det 243 1,115 4.6 42 3
  B. Sims 1983 Det 220 1,040 4.7 41 7
  S. Owens 1971 Det 246 1,035 4.2 23 8
  J. Stewart 2002 Det 231 1,021 4.4 56 4
  R. Bush 2013 Det 223 1,006 4.5 39 4
  K. Smith 2008 Det 238 976 4.1 50 8
  D. Bussey 1978 Det 225 924 4.1 36 5
  J. Jones 1986 Det 252 903 3.6 39 8
  J. Jones 1985 Det 244 886 3.6 29 6
  N. Pietrosante 1960 Det 161 872 5.4 57 8
  J. Bell 2014 Det 223 860 3.9 57 7
  M. Farr 1967 Det 206 860 4.2 57 3
  D. Bussey 1976 Det 196 858 4.4 46 3
  N. Pietrosante 1961 Det 201 841 4.2 42 5
  A. Gutowsky 1936 Det 191 827 4.3 0 6
  M. Leshoure 2012 Det 215 798 3.7 16 9
  D. Clark 1934 Det 123 763 6.2 0 8
  K. Smith 2009 Det 217 747 3.4 31 4
  A. Taylor 1971 Det 174 736 4.2 36t 4
  D. Bussey 1980 Det 145 720 5.0 40 3
  A. Taylor 1973 Det 176 719 4.1 34 5
  M. Farr 1970 Det 166 717 4.3 36 9
  D. Bussey 1975 Det 157 696 4.4 32t 2
  K. Jones 2006 Det 181 689 3.8 52 6
  G. James 1986 Det 159 688 4.3 60t 3
  B. Sims 1984 Det 130 687 5.3 81 5
  J. Stewart 2001 Det 143 685 4.8 38 1
  B. Hoernschemeyer 1951 Det 132 678 5.1 85 2
  A. Taylor 1970 Det 198 666 3.4 34 2
  K. Jones 2005 Det 186 664 3.6 40 5
  H. King 1978 Det 155 660 4.3 75t 4
  L. Gaines 1976 Det 155 659 4.3 26t 4
  A. Taylor 1972 Det 154 658 4.3 38t 4
  J. Bell 2013 Det 166 650 3.9 20 8
  K. Johnson 2018 Det 118 641 5.4 71 3
  B. Sims 1982 Det 172 639 3.7 29 4
  A. Taylor 1975 Det 195 638 3.3 24 4