Who Were the NFL Rushing Leaders?

NFL Rushing Leaders

Listed below are the NFL running backs who ended the season with the most rushing yards.

Eric Dickerson still holds the single season record with 2105 yds in 1984.

The season was expanded to 16 games in 1978. The season was 14 games from 1961-77.

Winner
2016 Ezekiel Elliott Dallas Cowboys 1631 yds Details >>
2015 Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings 1485 yds Details >>
2014 DeMarco Murray Dallas Cowboys 1845 yds Details >>
2013 LeSean McCoy Philadelphia Eagles 1607 yds Details >>
2012 Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings 2097 yds Details >>
2011 Maurice Jones-Drew Jacksonville Jaguars 1606 yds Details >>
2010 Arian Foster Houston Texans 1616 yds Details >>
2009 Chris Johnson Tennessee Titans 2006 yds Details >>
2008 Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings 1760 yds Details >>
2007 LaDainian Tomlinson San Diego Chargers 1474 yds Details >>
2006 LaDainian Tomlinson San Diego Chargers 1815 yds Details >>
2005 Shaun Alexander Seattle Seahawks 1880 yds Details >>
2004 Curtis Martin New York Jets 1697 yds Details >>
2003 Jamal Lewis Baltimore Ravens 2066 yds Details >>
2002 Ricky Williams Miami Dolphins 1853 yds Details >>
2001 Priest Holmes Kansas City Chiefs 1555 yds Details >>
2000 Edgerrin James Indianapolis Colts 1709 yds Details >>
1999 Edgerrin James Indianapolis Colts 1553 yds Details >>
1998 Terrell Davis Denver Broncos 2008 yds Details >>
1997 Barry Sanders Detroit Lions 2053 yds Details >>
1996 Barry Sanders Detroit Lions 1553 yds Details >>
1995 Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys 1773 yds Details >>
1994 Barry Sanders Detroit Lions 1883 yds Details >>
1993 Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys 1486 yds Details >>
1992 Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys 1713 yds Details >>
1991 Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys 1563 yds Details >>
1990 Barry Sanders Detroit Lions 1304 yds Details >>
1989 Christian Okoye Kansas City Chiefs 1480 yds Details >>
1988 Eric Dickerson Indianapolis Colts 1659 yds Details >>
1987 Charles White Los Angeles Rams 1374 yds Details >>
1986 Eric Dickerson Los Angeles Rams 1821 yds Details >>
1985 Marcus Allen Los Angeles Raiders 1759 yds Details >>
1984 Eric Dickerson Los Angeles Rams 2105 yds Details >>
1983 Eric Dickerson Los Angeles Rams 1808 yds Details >>
1982 Freeman McNeil New York Jets 786 yds Details >>
1981 George Rogers New Orleans Saints 1674 yds Details >>
1980 Earl Campbell Houston Oilers 1934 yds Details >>
1979 Earl Campbell Houston Oilers 1697 yds Details >>
1978 Earl Campbell Houston Oilers 1450 yds Details >>
1977 Walter Payton Chicago Bears 1852 yds Details >>
1976 O.J. Simpson Buffalo Bills 1503 yds Details >>
1975 O.J. Simpson Buffalo Bills 1817 yds Details >>
1974 Otis Armstrong Denver Broncos 1407 yds Details >>
1973 O.J. Simpson Buffalo Bills 2003 yds Details >>
1972 O.J. Simpson Buffalo Bills 1251 yds Details >>
1971 Floyd Little Denver Broncos 1133 yds Details >>
1970 Larry Brown Washington Redskins 1125 yds Details >>
1969 Gale Sayers (NFL) / Dickie Post (AFL) Chicago Bears / San Diego Chargers 1032 yds / 873 yds Details >>
1968 Leroy Kelly (NFL) / Paul Robinson (AFL) Cleveland Browns / Cincinnati Bengals 1239 yds / 1023 yds Details >>
1967 Leroy Kelly (NFL) / Jim Nance (AFL) Cleveland Browns / Boston Patriots 1205 yds / 1216 yds Details >>
1966 Gale Sayers (NFL) / Jim Nance (AFL) Chicago Bears / Boston Patriots 1231 yds / 1458 yds Details >>
1965 Jim Brown (NFL) / Paul Lowe (AFL) Cleveland Browns / San Diego Chargers 1544 yds / 1121 yds Details >>
1964 Jim Brown (NFL) / Cookie Gilchrist (AFL) Cleveland Browns / Buffalo Bills 1446 yds / 981 yds Details >>
1963 Jim Brown (NFL) / Clem Daniels (AFL) Cleveland Browns / Oakland Raiders 1863 yds / 1099 yds Details >>
1962 Jim Taylor (NFL) / Cookie Gilchrist (AFL) Green Bay Packers / Buffalo Bills 1474 yds / 1096 yds Details >>
1961 Jim Brown (NFL) / Billy Cannon (AFL) Cleveland Browns / Houston Oilers 1408 yds / 948 yds Details >>
1960 Jim Brown (NFL) / Abner Haynes (AFL) Cleveland Browns / Dallas Texans 1257 yds / 875 yds Details >>
1959 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns 1329 yds Details >>
1958 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns 1527 yds Details >>
1957 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns 942 yds Details >>
1956 Rick Casares Chicago Bears 1126 yds Details >>
1955 Alan Ameche Baltimore Colts 961 yds Details >>
1954 Joe Perry San Francisco 49ers 1049 yds Details >>
1953 Joe Perry San Francisco 49ers 1018 yds Details >>
1952 Dan Towler Los Angeles Rams 894 yds Details >>
1951 Eddie Price New York Giants 971 yds Details >>
1950 Marion Motley Cleveland Browns 810 yds Details >>
1949 Steve Van Buren Philadelphia Eagles 1146 yds Details >>
1948 Steve Van Buren Philadelphia Eagles 945 yds Details >>
1947 Steve Van Buren Philadelphia Eagles 1008 yds Details >>
1946 Bill Dudley Pittsburgh Steelers 604 yds Details >>
1945 Steve Van Buren Philadelphia Eagles 832 yds Details >>
1944 Bill Paschal New York Giants 737 yds Details >>
1943 Bill Paschal New York Giants 572 yds Details >>
1942 Bill Dudley Pittsburgh Steelers 696 yds Details >>
1941 Clarence "Pug" Manders Brooklyn Dodgers 486 yds Details >>
1940 Byron "Whizzer" White Detroit Lions 514 yds Details >>
1939 Bill Osmanski Chicago Bears 699 yds Details >>
1938 Byron "Whizzer" White Pittsburgh Pirates 567 yds Details >>
1937 Cliff Battles Washington Redskins 874 yds Details >>
1936 Tuffy Leemans New York Giants 830 yds Details >>
1935 Doug Russell Chicago Cardinals 499 yds Details >>
1934 Beattie Feathers Chicago Bears 1004 yds Details >>
1933 Jim Musick Boston Redskins 809 yds Details >>
1932 Cliff Battles Boston Braves 576 yds Details >>