NFL: Running Backs with the Most Career Rushing Attempts

Emmitt Smith Took The Ball More Than Any Other Running Back

Emmitt Smith Took The Ball More Than Any Other Running Back

Only one running back in NFL history was given the rock over 4,000 times. It’s football’s all-time rushing yards and rushing touchdowns leader, too.

It’s Emmitt Smith with just another record, and by quite a bit – nearly 600 carries more than second all-time, Walter Payton. That margin alone covers more carries than many running backs’ entire careers.

It’s hard enough to grab the ball 3,000 times – only eight running backs ever have even done that. Eric Dickerson missed it by just four attempts.

RUNNING BACK CAREER RUSHING ATTEMPTS CAREER SPAN TEAM(S)
1. Emmitt Smith 4,409 1990-2004  Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals
2. Walter Payton 3,838 1975-1987  Chicago Bears
3. Curtis Martin 3,518 1995-2005  New England Patriots, New York Jets
4. Jerome Bettis 3,479 1993-2005  Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers
5. LaDainian Tomlinson 3,174 2001-2011  San Diego Chargers, New York Jets
6. Barry Sanders 3,062 1989-1998  Detroit Lions
7. Edgerrin James 3,028 1999-2009  Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks
8. Marcus Allen 3,022 1982-1997  Los Angeles Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs
9. Eric Dickerson 2,996 1983-1993  Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Raiders, Atlanta Falcons
10. Franco Harris 2,949 1972-1984  Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks
11. Tony Dorsett 2,936 1977-1988  Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos
12. John Riggins 2,916 1971-1985  New York Jets, Washington Redskins
13. Thurman Thomas 2,877 1988-2000  Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins
14. Eddie George 2,865 1996-2004  Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans, Dallas Cowboys
15. Marshall Faulk 2,836 1994-2005  Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams
16. Thomas Jones 2,678 2000-2011  Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs
17. Warrick Dunn 2,669 1997-2008  Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons
18. Ricky Watters 2,622 1992-2001  San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks
18. Steven Jackson 2,622 2004-2014  St. Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons
20. Corey Dillon 2,618 1997-2006  Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots

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