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Franchise milestones

Posted by Chase Stuart on December 12, 2006

Which team has the oldest single-season rushing record? The Cleveland Browns, of course. Not surprisingly, the Bills and Bears are next on the list, as all three teams have only had one distinguished runner in franchise history, and each of the Hall of Famers retired many years ago.


1963 cle 1863 Jim Brown
1973 buf 2003 O.J. Simpson
1977 chi 1852 Walter Payton
1979 phi 1512 Wilbert Montgomery
1979 crd 1605 Ottis Anderson
1980 oti 1934 Earl Campbell
1981 nor 1674 George Rogers
1984 tam 1544 James Wilder
1984 ram 2105 Eric Dickerson
1985 rai 1759 Marcus Allen
1992 pit 1690 Barry Foster
1995 dal 1773 Emmitt Smith
1997 det 2053 Barry Sanders
1998 sfo 1570 Garrison Hearst
1998 den 2008 Terrell Davis
1998 atl 1846 Jamal Anderson
2000 min 1521 Robert Smith
2000 clt 1709 Edgerrin James
2002 sdg 1683 LaDainian Tomlinson
2002 mia 1853 Ricky Williams
2003 rav 2066 Jamal Lewis
2003 jax 1572 Fred Taylor
2003 gnb 1883 Ahman Green
2003 car 1444 Stephen Davis
2004 nyj 1697 Curtis Martin
2004 nwe 1635 Corey Dillon
2004 htx 1188 Domanick Davis
2005 was 1516 Clinton Portis
2005 sea 1880 Shaun Alexander
2005 nyg 1860 Tiki Barber
2005 kan 1750 Larry Johnson
2005 cin 1458 Rudi Johnson

How about receivers? I'm guessing most people wouldn't expect to see who holds the longest standing franchise receiving yards record:

1961	oti	1746	Charley Hennigan
1965 sdg 1602 Lance Alworth
1967 nyj 1434 Don Maynard
1981 atl 1358 Alfred Jenkins
1983 phi 1409 Mike Quick
1984 mia 1389 Mark Clayton
1985 sea 1287 Steve Largent
1986 nwe 1491 Stanley Morgan
1989 tam 1422 Mark Carrier
1989 cle 1236 Webster Slaughter
1995 sfo 1848 Jerry Rice
1995 ram 1781 Isaac Bruce
1995 gnb 1497 Robert Brooks
1995 det 1686 Herman Moore
1995 dal 1603 Michael Irvin
1996 rav 1201 Michael Jackson
1997 rai 1408 Tim Brown
1997 pit 1398 Yancey Thigpen
1998 buf 1368 Eric Moulds
1999 jax 1636 Jimmy Smith
1999 chi 1400 Marcus Robinson
2000 kan 1391 Derrick Alexander
2000 den 1602 Rod Smith
2001 crd 1598 David Boston
2002 nyg 1343 Amani Toomer
2002 clt 1722 Marvin Harrison
2003 min 1632 Randy Moss
2004 nor 1399 Joe Horn
2004 htx 1142 Andre Johnson
2005 was 1483 Santana Moss
2005 cin 1432 Chad Johnson
2005 car 1563 Steve Smith

Many of you probably know that Joe Namath was the first player in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards in a season. But did you know that when he's still the last Jet to ever reach that milestone?


1967 nyj 4007 Joe Namath
1979 pit 3724 Terry Bradshaw
1980 cle 4132 Brian Sipe
1981 sdg 4802 Dan Fouts
1983 gnb 4458 Lynn Dickey
1983 dal 3980 Danny White
1984 mia 5084 Dan Marino
1984 crd 4614 Neil Lomax
1986 was 4109 Jay Schroeder
1986 cin 3959 Boomer Esiason
1991 oti 4690 Warren Moon
1994 nwe 4555 Drew Bledsoe
1995 nor 3970 Jim Everett
1995 det 4338 Scott Mitchell
1995 chi 3838 Erik Kramer
1995 atl 4143 Jeff George
1996 rav 4177 Vinny Testaverde
1996 jax 4367 Mark Brunell
1999 car 4436 Steve Beuerlein
2000 sfo 4278 Jeff Garcia
2001 ram 4830 Kurt Warner
2002 rai 4689 Rich Gannon
2002 nyg 4073 Kerry Collins
2002 buf 4359 Drew Bledsoe
2003 tam 3811 Brad Johnson
2003 sea 3844 Matt Hasselbeck
2004 phi 3875 Donovan McNabb
2004 min 4717 Daunte Culpepper
2004 kan 4591 Trent Green
2004 htx 3531 David Carr
2004 den 4089 Jake Plummer
2004 clt 4557 Peyton Manning

There are only five records still standing from the '60s: Joe Namath and Don Maynard hold the all-time Jets passing and receiving yards records (in the same season), Jim Brown figures to hold the Cleveland single season rushing record for the foreseeable future, and Charley Hennigan should do the same for the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans franchise. Lance Alworth is safe too, unless Antonio Gates absolutely blows the current tight end receiving record (Dave Parks, SF, 1344) out of the water.

There are no single season receiving yardage leaders from the 70s, and only Terry Bradshaw's Steelers record keeps the passing yardage leaders from suffering the same fate. With a very good finish, Ben Roethlisberger will break that record this year. Four franchise leaders in single season rushing yards from the '70s remain, and none are in jeopardy this year.

Excluding the Texans, only four teams wiped out their record books this millenium (with apologies to all the pedantic types out there): the Colts (Manning, James, Harrison), Vikings (Culpepper, Smith, Moss), Chiefs (Green, Johnson, Alexander) and Giants (Collins, Barber, Toomer). While one of New York's teams still holds two of its three main records from the '60s, the other one cleaned house more recently than any other in the NFL: The Giants franchise single season rushing, passing and receiving records were all set in 2002 or later.

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