NFL All-Purpose Yards Year-by-Year Leaders

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Leaders Table
Year Player APYd Tm
2019Christian McCaffrey (23)1,946CAR
2018Saquon Barkley (21)2,028NYG
2017Todd Gurley (23)2,093LAR
2016David Johnson (24)2,118ARI
2015Antonio Brown (27)2,074PIT
2014DeMarco Murray (26)2,261DAL
2013LeSean McCoy (25)2,146PHI
2012Randall Cobb (22)2,342GNB
2011Darren Sproles (28)2,696NOR
2010Danny Amendola (24)2,364STL
2009Fred Jackson (28)2,516BUF
2008Leon Washington (26)2,332NYJ
2007Josh Cribbs (24)2,312CLE
2006Steven Jackson (23)2,334STL
2005Tiki Barber (30)2,390NYG
2004Dante Hall (26)2,236KAN
2003Dante Hall (25)2,446KAN
2002Michael Lewis (30)2,647NOR
2001Priest Holmes (27)2,169KAN
2000Derrick Mason (26)2,690TEN
1999Marshall Faulk+ (26)2,429STL
1998Brian Mitchell (30)2,357WAS
1997Barry Sanders+ (29)2,358DET
1996Brian Mitchell (28)1,995WAS
1995Brian Mitchell (27)2,348WAS
1994Brian Mitchell (26)2,477WAS
1993Eric Metcalf (25)1,932CLE
1992Thurman Thomas+ (26)2,113BUF
1991Thurman Thomas+ (25)2,038BUF
1990Herschel Walker (28)2,051MIN
1989Thurman Thomas+ (23)1,913BUF
1988Tim Brown+ (22)2,317RAI
1987Herschel Walker (25)1,606DAL
1986Eric Dickerson+ (26)2,026RAM
1985Lionel James (23)2,535SDG
1984Eric Dickerson+ (24)2,259RAM
1983Eric Dickerson+ (23)2,212RAM
1982James Brooks (23)1,383SDG
1981James Brooks (22)2,093SDG
1980Bruce Harper (25)2,072NYJ
1979Wilbert Montgomery (24)2,012PHI
1978Bruce Harper (23)2,157NYJ
1977Walter Payton+ (23)2,216CHI
1976O.J. Simpson+ (29)1,762BUF
1975Terry Metcalf (23)2,462STL
1974Mack Herron (26)2,444NWE
1973O.J. Simpson+ (26)2,073BUF
1972Dave Hampton (25)1,780ATL
1971Vic Washington (25)1,986SFO
1970Ed Podolak (23)1,715KAN
1969Jerry LeVias (23)1,946HOU
1969Travis Williams (23)1,517GNB
1968Floyd Little+ (26)1,825DEN
1968Chuck Latourette (23)1,597STL
1967Gale Sayers+ (24)1,689CHI
1967Floyd Little+ (25)1,626DEN
1966Gale Sayers+ (23)2,440CHI
1966Jim Nance (23)1,561BOS
1965Gale Sayers+ (22)2,272CHI
1965Lance Alworth+ (25)1,590SDG
1964Jim Brown+ (28)1,786CLE
1964Bo Roberson (29)1,615OAK
1963Timmy Brown (26)2,428PHI
1963Larry Garron (26)1,884BOS
1962Timmy Brown (25)2,306PHI
1962Dick Christy (26)2,147NYT
1961Billy Cannon (24)2,043HOU
1961Jim Brown+ (25)1,917CLE
1960Abner Haynes (22)2,100DTX
1960Jim Brown+ (24)1,761CLE
1959Jim Brown+ (23)1,607CLE
1958Jim Brown+ (22)1,739CLE
1957Woodley Lewis (32)1,315CRD
1956Ollie Matson+ (26)1,524CRD
1955Ron Waller (22)1,465RAM
1954Ollie Matson+ (24)1,666CRD
1953Lynn Chandnois (28)1,593PIT
1952Hugh McElhenny+ (23)1,731SFO
1951Elroy Hirsch+ (28)1,501RAM
1950Billy Grimes (23)1,896GNB
1949Charley Trippi+ (26)1,552CRD
1949Chet Mutryn (28)1,330BUF
1948Chet Mutryn (27)2,288BUF
1948Charley Trippi+ (25)1,485CRD
1947Spec Sanders (29)2,265NYY
1947Eddie Saenz (24)1,846WAS
1946Spec Sanders (28)1,691NYY
1946Bill Dudley+ (24)1,650PIT
1945Steve Van Buren+ (24)1,478PHI
1944John Grigas (24)1,156CRD
1943Harry Clarke (26)1,607CHI
1942Bill Dudley+ (20)1,349PIT
1941Marshall Goldberg (23)1,236CRD
1940Dick Todd (25)813WAS
1939Andy Farkas (23)984WAS
1938Whizzer White (21)655PIT
1937Cliff Battles+ (27)955WAS
1936Ace Gutowsky (27)857DET
1935Ernie Caddel (24)621DET
1934Beattie Feathers (25)1,178CHI
1933Cliff Battles+ (23)922BOS
1932Cliff Battles+ (22)636BOS
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