The Top 20 Running Backs with the Most Rushing Yards in a Season

Eric Dickerson Holds the NFL's Single-Season Rushing Record

Eric Dickerson Holds the NFL’s Single-Season Rushing Record

In the history of the NFL, only six (now seven with AP in 2012) running backs have breached the 2,000-yard mark in a single campaign. They are led by Eric Dickerson, who ran for 2,105 yards in 1984.

Dickerson also appears three times in today’s list, the top 20 rushers with the most yards on the ground in a single season, and holds the single-game playoff rushing yards record.

Is Eric Dickerson the best running back of all time? You can make a case.

It looks like ages 24-27 are peak times for running backs. That age group makes up 14 of the top 20. Six of the running backs below did it at age 26, the most. Fantasy football players may want to take note.

Update Dec. 30, 2012: Adrian Peterson finished with 2,096 yards, nine shy of the all-time record.

RUNNING BACK YARDS AGE YEAR TEAM
1.  Eric Dickerson 2,105  24 1984  Los Angeles Rams
2. Adrian Peterson 2,096 27 2012 Minnesota Vikings
3.  Jamal Lewis 2,066  24 2003  Baltimore Ravens
4.  Barry Sanders 2,053  29 1997  Detroit Lions
5.  Terrell Davis 2,008  26 1998  Denver Broncos
6.  Chris Johnson 2,006  24 2009  Tennessee Titans
7.  O.J. Simpson 2,003  26 1973  Buffalo Bills
8.  Earl Campbell 1,934  25 1980  Houston Oilers
9.  Ahman Green 1,883  26 2003  Green Bay Packers
9. Barry Sanders 1,883  26 1994  Detroit Lions
11.  Shaun Alexander 1,880  28 2005  Seattle Seahawks
12.  Jim Brown 1,863  27 1963  Cleveland Browns
13.  Tiki Barber 1,860  30 2005  New York Giants
14.  Ricky Williams 1,853  25 2002  Miami Dolphins
15.  Walter Payton 1,852  23 1977  Chicago Bears
16.  Jamal Anderson 1,846  26 1998  Atlanta Falcons
17.  Eric Dickerson 1,821  26 1986  Los Angeles Rams
18.  O.J. Simpson 1,817  28 1975  Buffalo Bills
19.  LaDainian Tomlinson  1,815  27 2006  San Diego Chargers
20.  Eric Dickerson 1,808  23 1983  Los Angeles Rams

Photo: bleacherreport.com

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Posted on October 25, 2012, in NFL Football and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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