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NFL History: Individual Records

Individual Records: RushingRecords updated in July 2007

RUSHING
Most Seasons Leading League
8Jim Brown, Cleveland, 1957-1961, 1963-65
4Steve Van Buren, Philadelphia, 1945, 1947-49
 O.J. Simpson, Buffalo, 1972-73, 1975-76
 Eric Dickerson, L.A. Rams, 1983-84, 1986; Indianapolis, 1988
 Emmitt Smith, Dallas, 1991-93, 1995
 Barry Sanders, Detroit, 1990, 1994, 1996-97
3Earl Campbell, Houston, 1978-1980
Most Consecutive Seasons Leading League
5Jim Brown, Cleveland, 1957-1961
3Steve Van Buren, Philadelphia, 1947-49
 Jim Brown, Cleveland, 1963-65
 Earl Campbell, Houston, 1978-1980
 Emmitt Smith, Dallas, 1991-93
2Bill Paschal, N.Y. Giants, 1943-44
 Joe Perry, San Francisco, 1953-54
 Jim Nance, Boston, 1966-67
 Leroy Kelly, Cleveland, 1967-68
 O.J. Simpson, Buffalo, 1972-73; 1975-76
 Eric Dickerson, L.A. Rams, 1983-84
 Barry Sanders, Detroit, 1996-97
 Edgerrin James, Indianapolis, 1999-2000
 LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego, 2006-07
ATTEMPTS
Most Seasons Leading League
6Jim Brown, Cleveland, 1958-59, 1961, 1963-65
4Steve Van Buren, Philadelphia, 1947-1950
 Walter Payton, Chicago, 1976-79
3Cookie Gilchrist, Buffalo, 1963-64; Denver, 1965
 Jim Nance, Boston, 1966-67, 1969
 O.J. Simpson, Buffalo, 1973-75
 Eric Dickerson, L.A. Rams, 1983, 1986; Indianapolis, 1988
 Emmitt Smith, Dallas, 1991, 1994-95
Most Consecutive Seasons Leading League
4Steve Van Buren, Philadelphia, 1947-1950
 Walter Payton, Chicago, 1976-79
3Jim Brown, Cleveland, 1963-65
 Cookie Gilchrist, Buffalo, 1963-64; Denver, 1965
 O.J. Simpson, Buffalo, 1973-75
2By many players
Most Attempts, Career
4,409Emmitt Smith, Dallas, 1990-2002; Arizona, 2003-04
3,838Walter Payton, Chicago, 1975-1987
3,518Curtis Martin, New England, 1995-97; N.Y. Jets, 1998-2005
Most Attempts, Season
416Larry Johnson, Kansas City, 2006
410Jamal Anderson, Atlanta, 1998
407James Wilder, Tampa Bay, 1984
Most Attempts, Rookie, Season
390Eric Dickerson, L.A. Rams, 1983
378George Rogers, New Orleans, 1981
369Edgerrin James, Indianapolis, 1999
Most Attempts, Game
45Jamie Morris, Washington vs. Cincinnati, Dec. 17, 1988 (OT)
43Butch Woolfolk, N.Y. Giants vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 20, 1983
 James Wilder, Tampa Bay vs. Green Bay, Sept. 30, 1984 (OT)
 Rudi Johnson, Cincinnati vs. Houston, Nov. 9, 2003
42James Wilder, Tampa Bay vs. Pittsburgh, Oct. 30, 1983
 Terrell Davis, Denver vs. Buffalo, Oct. 26, 1997 (OT)
 Ricky Williams, Miami vs. Buffalo, Sept. 21, 2003
YARDS GAINED
Most Yards Gained, Career
18,355Emmitt Smith, Dallas, 1990-2002; Arizona, 2003-04
16,726Walter Payton, Chicago, 1975-1987
15,269Barry Sanders, Detroit, 1989-1998
Most Seasons, 1,000 or More Yards Rushing
11Emmitt Smith, Dallas, 1991-2001
10Walter Payton, Chicago, 1976-1981, 1983-86
 Barry Sanders, Detroit, 1989-1998
 Curtis Martin, New England, 1995-97; N.Y. Jets, 1998-2004
8Franco Harris, Pittsburgh, 1972, 1974-79, 1983
 Tony Dorsett, Dallas, 1977-81, 1983-85
 Thurman Thomas, Buffalo, 1989-96
 Jerome Bettis, L.A. Rams, 1993-94; Pittsburgh, 1996-2001
Most Consecutive Seasons, 1,000 or More Yards Rushing
11Emmitt Smith, Dallas, 1991-2001
10Barry Sanders, Detroit, 1989-98
 Curtis Martin, New England, 1995-97; N.Y. Jets, 1998-2004 (current)
8Thurman Thomas, Buffalo, 1989-96
Most Yards Gained, Season
2,105Eric Dickerson, L.A. Rams, 1984
2,066Jamal Lewis, Baltimore, 2003
2,053Barry Sanders, Detroit, 1997
Most Yards Gained, Rookie, Season
1,808Eric Dickerson, L.A. Rams, 1983
1,674George Rogers, New Orleans, 1981
1,605Ottis Anderson, St. Louis, 1979
Most Yards Gained, Game
296Adrian Peterson, Minnesota vs. San Diego, Nov. 4, 2007
295Jamal Lewis, Baltimore vs. Cleveland, Sept. 14, 2003
278Corey Dillon, Cincinnati vs. Denver, Oct. 22, 2000
Most Games, 200 or More Yards Rushing, Career
6O.J. Simpson, Buffalo, 1969-1977; San Francisco, 1978-79
5Tiki Barber, N.Y. Giants, 1997-2006
4Jim Brown, Cleveland, 1957-1965
 Earl Campbell, Houston, 1978-1984; New Orleans, 1984-85
 Barry Sanders, Detroit, 1989-1998
 LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego, 2001-07
Most Games, 200 or More Yards Rushing, Season
4Earl Campbell, Houston, 1980
3O.J. Simpson, Buffalo, 1973
 Tiki Barber, N.Y. Giants, 2005
2Jim Brown, Cleveland, 1963
 O.J. Simpson, Buffalo, 1976
 Walter Payton, Chicago, 1977
 Eric Dickerson, L.A. Rams, 1984
 Greg Bell, L.A. Rams, 1989
 Terrell Davis, Denver, 1997
 Barry Sanders, Detroit, 1997
 Corey Dillon, Cincinnati, 2000
 Marshall Faulk, St. Louis, 2000
 LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego, 2002
 Ricky Williams, Miami, 2002
 Jamal Lewis, Baltimore, 2003
 LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego, 2003
 Larry Johnson, Kansas City, 2005
 Willie Parker, Pittsburgh, 2006
 Adrian Peterson, Minnesota, 2007
Most Consecutive Games, 200 or More Yards Rushing
2O.J. Simpson, Buffalo, 1973, 1976
 Earl Campbell, Houston, 1980
 Ricky Williams, Miami, 2002
Most Games, 100 or More Yards Rushing, Career
78Emmitt Smith, Dallas, 1990-2002; Arizona, 2003-04
77Walter Payton, Chicago, 1975-1987
76Barry Sanders, Detroit, 1989-1998
64Eric Dickerson, L.A. Rams, 1983-87; Indianapolis, 1987-1991; L.A. Raiders, 1992; Atlanta, 1993
Most Games, 100 or More Yards Rushing, Season
14Barry Sanders, Detroit, 1997
12Eric Dickerson, L.A. Rams, 1984
 Barry Foster, Pittsburgh, 1992
 Jamal Anderson, Atlanta, 1998
 Jamal Lewis, Baltimore, 2003
11O.J. Simpson, Buffalo, 1973
 Earl Campbell, Houston, 1979
 Marcus Allen, L.A. Raiders, 1985
 Eric Dickerson, L.A. Rams, 1986
 Emmitt Smith, Dallas, 1995
 Terrell Davis, Denver, 1998
 Shaun Alexander, Seattle, 2005
 Larry Johnson, Kansas City, 2006
Most Consecutive Games, 100 or More Yards Rushing
14Barry Sanders, Detroit, 1997
11Marcus Allen, L.A. Raiders, 1985-86
9Walter Payton, Chicago, 1985
 Fred Taylor, Jacksonville, 2000
 Deuce McAllister, New Orleans, 2003
 Larry Johnson, Kansas City, 2005
 LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego, 2006-07
Longest Run From Scrimmage
99Tony Dorsett, Dallas vs. Minnesota, Jan. 3, 1983 (TD)
98Ahman Green, Green Bay vs. Denver, Dec. 28, 2003 (TD)
97Andy Uram, Green Bay vs. Chi. Cardinals, Oct. 8, 1939 (TD)
 Bob Gage, Pittsburgh vs. Chi. Bears, Dec. 4, 1949 (TD)
AVERAGE GAIN
Highest Average Gain, Career (750 attempts)
6.36Randall Cunningham, Philadelphia, 1985-1995; Minnesota, 1997-99; Dallas, 2000; Baltimore, 2001 (775-4,928)
5.22Jim Brown, Cleveland, 1957-1965 (2,359-12,312)
5.14Eugene (Mercury) Morris, Miami, 1969-1975; San Diego, 1976 (804-4,133)
Highest Average Gain, Season (Qualifiers)
8.45Michael Vick, Atlanta, 2006 (123-1,039)
8.44Beattie Feathers, Chi. Bears, 1934 (119-1,004)
7.98Randall Cunningham, Philadelphia 1990 (118-942)
Highest Average Gain, Game (10 attempts)
17.30Michael Vick, Atlanta vs. Minnesota, Dec. 1, 2002 (OT) (10-173)
17.09Marion Motley, Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh, Oct. 29, 1950 (11-188)
16.70Bill Grimes, Green Bay vs. N.Y. Yanks, Oct. 8, 1950 (10-167)
TOUCHDOWNS
Most Seasons Leading League
5Jim Brown, Cleveland, 1957-59, 1963, 1965
4Steve Van Buren, Philadelphia, 1945, 1947-49
3Abner Haynes, Dall. Texans, 1960-62
 Cookie Gilchrist, Buffalo, 1962-64
 Paul Lowe, L.A. Chargers, 1960; San Diego, 1961, 1965
 Leroy Kelly, Cleveland, 1966-68
 Emmitt Smith, Dallas, 1992, 1994-95
Most Consecutive Seasons Leading League
3Steve Van Buren, Philadelphia, 1947-49
 Jim Brown, Cleveland, 1957-59
 Abner Haynes, Dall. Texans, 1960-62
 Cookie Gilchrist, Buffalo, 1962-64
 Leroy Kelly, Cleveland, 1966-68
Most Touchdowns, Career
164Emmitt Smith, Dallas, 1990-2002; Arizona, 2003-04
123Marcus Allen, L.A. Raiders, 1982-1992; Kansas City, 1993-97
110Walter Payton, Chicago, 1975-1987
Most Touchdowns, Season
28LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego, 2006
27Priest Holmes, Kansas City, 2003
 Shaun Alexander, Seattle, 2005
25Emmitt Smith, Dallas, 1995
Most Touchdowns, Rookie, Season
18Eric Dickerson, L.A. Rams, 1983
15Ickey Woods, Cincinnati, 1988
 Mike Anderson, Denver, 2000
 Clinton Portis, Denver, 2002
14Gale Sayers, Chicago, 1965
 Barry Sanders, Detroit, 1989
 Curtis Martin, New England, 1995
 Fred Taylor, Jacksonville, 1998
Most Touchdowns, Game
6Ernie Nevers, Chi. Cardinals vs. Chi. Bears, Nov. 28, 1929
5Jim Brown, Cleveland vs. Baltimore, Nov. 1, 1959
 Cookie Gilchrist, Buffalo vs. N.Y. Jets, Dec. 8, 1963
 James Stewart, Jacksonville vs. Philadelphia, Oct. 12, 1997
 Clinton Portis, Denver vs. Kansas City, Dec. 7, 2003
4By many players
Most Consecutive Games Rushing for Touchdowns
18LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego, 2004-07
13John Riggins, Washington, 1982-83
 George Rogers, Washington, 1985-86
11Lenny Moore, Baltimore, 1963-64
 Emmitt Smith, Dallas, 1994-95
 Emmitt Smith, Dallas, 1995
 Priest Holmes, Kansas City, 2002

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