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Four 1,000 yard rushers on the roster?

Posted by Chase Stuart on September 19, 2011

File this in the "everything is bigger in Texas, including the optimism" department. From a reader:

With what looks like a "in and out" type of year for Arian Foster, Ben Tate looks poised to be the 4th 1000 yard rusher on the Texans roster (joining Foster, Derrick Ward and Steve Slaton). How many teams have had 4 1000 yard rushers on their team?

213 players in NFL history have rushed for 1,000 yards in a season. Where would the 2011 Texans rank if Tate breaks the millenium mark?

Houston would become the tenth team (and eighth unique team) to boast four such runners; no team has ever had five:

year Team No. Running backs
2008 New York Giants 4 Ahmad Bradshaw, Reuben Droughns, Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward
2007 New York Giants 4 Ahmad Bradshaw, Reuben Droughns, Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward
2002 Denver Broncos 4 Mike Anderson, Reuben Droughns, Olandis Gary, Clinton Portis
2000 Denver Broncos 4 Mike Anderson, Terrell Davis, Olandis Gary, Raymont Harris
1997 New York Giants 4 Tiki Barber, Rodney Hampton, Erric Pegram, Tyrone Wheatley
1988 New Orleans Saints 4 Craig Heyward, Dalton Hilliard, Rueben Mayes, Barry Word
1981 Cleveland Browns 4 Calvin Hill, Greg Pruitt, Mike Pruitt, Charles White
1980 Cleveland Browns 4 Calvin Hill, Greg Pruitt, Mike Pruitt, Charles White
1976 Washington Redskins 4 Larry Brown, Calvin Hill, John Riggins, Mike Thomas
2010 Houston Texans 3 Arian Foster, Steve Slaton, Derrick Ward
2009 Philadelphia Eagles 3 LeSean McCoy, Michael Vick, Brian Westbrook
2009 Houston Texans 3 Chris Brown, Arian Foster, Steve Slaton
2008 Washington Redskins 3 Shaun Alexander, Ladell Betts, Clinton Portis
2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3 Michael Bennett, Warrick Dunn, Cadillac Williams
2007 Oakland Raiders 3 Justin Fargas, LaMont Jordan, Dominic Rhodes
2007 Kansas City Chiefs 3 Michael Bennett, Priest Holmes, Larry Johnson
2007 Buffalo Bills 3 Fred Jackson, Marshawn Lynch, Anthony Thomas
2006 Tennessee Titans 3 Chris Brown, Travis Henry, LenDale White
2006 New York Giants 3 Tiki Barber, Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward
2005 Pittsburgh Steelers 3 Jerome Bettis, Willie Parker, Duce Staley
2005 New York Giants 3 Tiki Barber, Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward
2005 New Orleans Saints 3 Deuce McAllister, Antowain Smith, Anthony Thomas
2004 Pittsburgh Steelers 3 Jerome Bettis, Willie Parker, Duce Staley
2004 Denver Broncos 3 Tatum Bell, Reuben Droughns, Garrison Hearst
2003 Oakland Raiders 3 Justin Fargas, Charlie Garner, Tyrone Wheatley
2003 Denver Broncos 3 Mike Anderson, Reuben Droughns, Clinton Portis
2002 Philadelphia Eagles 3 Dorsey Levens, Duce Staley, Brian Westbrook
2001 Denver Broncos 3 Mike Anderson, Terrell Davis, Olandis Gary
1998 New York Giants 3 Tiki Barber, Gary Brown, Tyrone Wheatley
1997 Philadelphia Eagles 3 Charlie Garner, Duce Staley, Ricky Watters
1996 New York Jets 3 Reggie Cobb, Ronald Moore, Adrian Murrell
1995 New York Giants 3 Rodney Hampton, Herschel Walker, Tyrone Wheatley
1995 Chicago Bears 3 Raymont Harris, Anthony Johnson, Rashaan Salaam
1994 Green Bay Packers 3 Edgar Bennett, Reggie Cobb, Dorsey Levens
1994 Arizona Cardinals 3 Garrison Hearst, Ronald Moore, Barry Word
1994 Atlanta Falcons 3 Jamal Anderson, Craig Heyward, Erric Pegram
1993 Minnesota Vikings 3 Roger Craig, Robert Smith, Barry Word
1993 Kansas City Chiefs 3 Marcus Allen, John Stephens, Harvey Williams
1992 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3 Gary W. Anderson, James Brooks, Reggie Cobb
1992 Kansas City Chiefs 3 Christian Okoye, Harvey Williams, Barry Word
1991 Kansas City Chiefs 3 Christian Okoye, Harvey Williams, Barry Word
1991 Cincinnati Bengals 3 James Brooks, Harold Green, Ickey Woods
1990 Washington Redskins 3 Earnest Byner, Gerald Riggs, James Wilder
1990 Los Angeles Rams 3 Cleveland Gary, Gaston Green, Curt Warner
1990 New Orleans Saints 3 Craig Heyward, Dalton Hilliard, Rueben Mayes
1990 Cincinnati Bengals 3 James Brooks, Harold Green, Ickey Woods
1989 Los Angeles Rams 3 Greg Bell, Cleveland Gary, Gaston Green
1988 Los Angeles Rams 3 Greg Bell, Gaston Green, Charles White
1987 Los Angeles Rams 3 Greg Bell, Eric Dickerson, Charles White
1987 New Orleans Saints 3 Dalton Hilliard, Rueben Mayes, Barry Word
1986 San Francisco 49ers 3 Roger Craig, Joe Cribbs, Wendell Tyler
1986 Cleveland Browns 3 Earnest Byner, Curtis Dickey, Kevin Mack
1985 Cleveland Browns 3 Earnest Byner, Curtis Dickey, Kevin Mack
1985 Buffalo Bills 3 Greg Bell, Joe Cribbs, Mike Pruitt
1984 San Diego Chargers 3 Earnest Jackson, Pete Johnson, Chuck Muncie
1984 Cleveland Browns 3 Earnest Byner, Mike Pruitt, Charles White
1983 San Diego Chargers 3 James Brooks, Earnest Jackson, Chuck Muncie
1982 San Diego Chargers 3 Ricky Bell, James Brooks, Chuck Muncie
1982 New England Patriots 3 Tony Collins, Sam Cunningham, Mark van Eeghen
1980 San Diego Chargers 3 Chuck Muncie, Mike Thomas, Don Woods
1979 San Diego Chargers 3 Lydell Mitchell, Mike Thomas, Don Woods
1979 Cleveland Browns 3 Calvin Hill, Greg Pruitt, Mike Pruitt
1978 Cleveland Browns 3 Calvin Hill, Greg Pruitt, Mike Pruitt
1977 Washington Redskins 3 Calvin Hill, John Riggins, Mike Thomas
1966 Houston Oilers 3 Hoyle Granger, John Henry Johnson, Charley Tolar
1956 San Francisco 49ers 3 John Henry Johnson, Joe Perry, J.D. Smith

Some readers might note that the 2011 Texans won't know they have four 1,000 yard runners until the season ends. In fact, no team has ever entered the season with four 1,000 yard backs on their roster. It's unlikely that the 2012 Texans would become the first, as at least one of those running backs will likely be elsewhere next season.

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