NFL Year-by-Year Rushing Yards per Game Leaders

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Leaders Table
Year Player Y/G Tm
2016Ezekiel Elliott (21)108.7DAL
2015Adrian Peterson (30)92.8MIN
2014DeMarco Murray (26)115.3DAL
2013LeSean McCoy (25)100.4PHI
2012Adrian Peterson (27)131.1MIN
2011Maurice Jones-Drew (26)100.4JAX
2010Arian Foster (24)101.0HOU
2009Chris Johnson (23)125.4TEN
2008Adrian Peterson (23)110.0MIN
2007Adrian Peterson (22)95.8MIN
2006LaDainian Tomlinson (27)113.4SDG
2005Shaun Alexander (28)117.5SEA
2004Priest Holmes (30)111.5KAN
2003Jamal Lewis (24)129.1BAL
2002Ricky Williams (25)115.8MIA
2001Marshall Faulk+ (28)98.7STL
2000Fred Taylor (24)107.6JAX
1999Stephen Davis (25)100.4WAS
1998Terrell Davis (25)125.5DEN
1997Barry Sanders+ (29)128.3DET
1996Barry Sanders+ (28)97.1DET
1995Emmitt Smith+ (26)110.8DAL
1994Barry Sanders+ (26)117.7DET
1993Emmitt Smith+ (24)106.1DAL
1992Emmitt Smith+ (23)107.1DAL
1991Barry Sanders+ (23)103.2DET
1990Marion Butts (24)87.5SDG
1989Christian Okoye (28)98.7KAN
1988Eric Dickerson+ (28)103.7IND
1987Eric Dickerson+ (27)112.3IND
1986Eric Dickerson+ (26)113.8RAM
1985Marcus Allen+ (25)109.9RAI
1984Eric Dickerson+ (24)131.6RAM
1983Eric Dickerson+ (23)113.0RAM
1982Joe Cribbs (24)90.4BUF
1981George Rogers (22)104.6NOR
1980Earl Campbell+ (25)128.9HOU
1979Earl Campbell+ (24)106.1HOU
1978Earl Campbell+ (23)96.7HOU
1977Walter Payton+ (23)132.3CHI
1976O.J. Simpson+ (29)107.4BUF
1975O.J. Simpson+ (28)129.8BUF
1974Otis Armstrong (23)100.5DEN
1973O.J. Simpson+ (26)143.1BUF
1972Larry Brown (24)101.3WAS
1971Floyd Little+ (29)80.9DEN
1970Larry Brown (22)86.5WAS
1969Floyd Little+ (27)81.0DEN
1969Gale Sayers+ (26)73.7CHI
1968Gale Sayers+ (25)95.1CHI
1968Paul Robinson (23)73.1CIN
1967Jim Nance (24)86.9BOS
1967Leroy Kelly+ (25)86.1CLE
1966Jim Nance (23)104.1BOS
1966Gale Sayers+ (23)87.9CHI
1965Jim Brown+ (29)110.3CLE
1965Paul Lowe (28)80.1SDG
1964Jim Brown+ (28)103.3CLE
1964Cookie Gilchrist (29)70.1BUF
1963Jim Brown+ (27)133.1CLE
1963Clem Daniels (26)78.5OAK
1962Jim Taylor+ (26)105.3GNB
1962Cookie Gilchrist (27)78.3BUF
1961Jim Brown+ (25)100.6CLE
1961Billy Cannon (24)67.7HOU
1960Jim Brown+ (24)104.8CLE
1960Abner Haynes (22)62.5DTX
1959Jim Brown+ (23)110.8CLE
1958Jim Brown+ (22)127.3CLE
1957Jim Brown+ (21)78.5CLE
1956Rick Casares (25)93.8CHI
1955Tank Younger (27)80.5RAM
1954Joe Perry+ (27)87.4SFO
1953Joe Perry+ (26)84.8SFO
1952Dan Towler (24)74.5RAM
1951Eddie Price (26)80.9NYG
1950Eddie Price (25)70.3NYG
1949Steve Van Buren+ (28)95.5PHI
1949Joe Perry+ (22)71.2SFO
1948Steve Van Buren+ (27)85.9PHI
1948Marion Motley+ (28)68.9CLE
1947Spec Sanders (29)102.3NYY
1947Steve Van Buren+ (26)84.0PHI
1946Steve Van Buren+ (25)58.8PHI
1946Spec Sanders (28)54.5NYY
1945Steve Van Buren+ (24)83.2PHI
1944Bill Paschal (23)73.7NYG
1943Bill Paschal (22)63.6NYG
1942Bill Dudley+ (20)63.3PIT
1941Pug Manders (28)44.2BKN
1940Tuffy Leemans+ (27)47.4NYG
1939Bill Osmanski (23)69.9CHI
1938Whizzer White (21)51.5PIT
1937Cliff Battles+ (27)87.4WAS
1936Tuffy Leemans+ (23)69.2NYG
1935Doug Russell (24)41.6CRD
1934Beattie Feathers (25)91.3CHI
1933Jim Musick (23)67.4BOS
1932Cliff Battles+ (22)72.0BOS
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