Top 20 Players with the Most Yards From Scrimmage in NFL History
This is a fun list, dominated by running backs, of course. They are more likely to catch passes than wide receivers running the ball. And so, 15 of the top 20 players with the most yards from scrimmage in NFL history are RBs.
But atop the list is a wide receiver, some say the greatest player of all time – Jerry Rice. He just caught so many and ran for so long after the catch. 22,895 of his 23,540 yards were from the air.
Emmitt Smith is in second – he caught balls for over 3,000 yards helping boost his total yards from scrimmage over 21,000.
The great Walter Payton is the third, and last, NFLer to log over 20,000 (21K, really) yards from the line.
You have at least one rogue running back in there – one that doesn’t rank as high on the all-time rushing yards list, but ranks here, thanks to all those receiving yards.
It’s Tiki Barber. He’s 23rd all time in rushing at 10, 449 yards, but he also has over 5,000 receiving yards to his credit.
UPDATED LIST: Through Week 14 of 2013. Tony Gonzalez has cracked the top 20. He’s the only tight end on the list.Follow @VinGetz
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