NFL Rushing Attempts Year-by-Year Leaders

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  • + indicates Hall of Famer, season age in parentheses
Leaders Table
Year Player Att Tm
2019Nick Chubb (23)253CLE
2018Ezekiel Elliott (23)304DAL
2017Le'Veon Bell (25)321PIT
2016Ezekiel Elliott (21)322DAL
2015Adrian Peterson (30)327MIN
2014DeMarco Murray (26)392DAL
2013LeSean McCoy (25)314PHI
2012Arian Foster (26)351HOU
2011Maurice Jones-Drew (26)343JAX
2010Michael Turner (28)334ATL
2009Chris Johnson (23)358TEN
2008Michael Turner (26)376ATL
2007Clinton Portis (26)325WAS
2006Larry Johnson (26)416KAN
2005Shaun Alexander (28)370SEA
2004Curtis Martin+ (31)371NYJ
2003Ricky Williams (26)392MIA
2002Ricky Williams (25)383MIA
2001Stephen Davis (27)356WAS
2000Eddie George (26)403TEN
1999Edgerrin James (21)369IND
1998Jamal Anderson (25)410ATL
1997Jerome Bettis+ (25)375PIT
1996Ricky Watters (27)353PHI
1995Emmitt Smith+ (26)377DAL
1994Emmitt Smith+ (25)368DAL
1993Thurman Thomas+ (27)355BUF
1992Barry Foster (23)390PIT
1991Emmitt Smith+ (22)365DAL
1990Earnest Byner (27)297WAS
1989Christian Okoye (28)370KAN
1988Eric Dickerson+ (28)388IND
1987Charles White (29)324RAM
1986Eric Dickerson+ (26)404RAM
1985Gerald Riggs (24)397ATL
1984James Wilder (26)407TAM
1983Eric Dickerson+ (23)390RAM
1982Tony Dorsett+ (28)177DAL
1982Andra Franklin (23)177MIA
1982John Riggins+ (33)177WAS
1981George Rogers (22)378NOR
1980Earl Campbell+ (25)373HOU
1979Walter Payton+ (25)369CHI
1978Walter Payton+ (24)333CHI
1977Walter Payton+ (23)339CHI
1976Walter Payton+ (22)311CHI
1975O.J. Simpson+ (28)329BUF
1974O.J. Simpson+ (27)270BUF
1973O.J. Simpson+ (26)332BUF
1972Ron Johnson (24)298NYG
1971Floyd Little+ (29)284DEN
1970Ron Johnson (22)263NYG
1969Gale Sayers+ (26)236CHI
1969Jim Nance (26)193BOS
1968Leroy Kelly+ (26)248CLE
1968Paul Robinson (23)238CIN
1967Jim Nance (24)269BOS
1967Leroy Kelly+ (25)235CLE
1966Jim Nance (23)299BOS
1966Bill Brown (28)251MIN
1965Jim Brown+ (29)289CLE
1965Cookie Gilchrist (30)252DEN
1964Jim Brown+ (28)280CLE
1964Cookie Gilchrist (29)230BUF
1963Jim Brown+ (27)291CLE
1963Cookie Gilchrist (28)232BUF
1962Jim Taylor+ (26)272GNB
1962Charley Tolar (25)244HOU
1961Jim Brown+ (25)305CLE
1961Bill Mathis (22)202NYT
1960Jim Taylor+ (24)230GNB
1960Abner Haynes (22)156DTX
1959Jim Brown+ (23)290CLE
1958Jim Brown+ (22)257CLE
1957Rick Casares (26)204CHI
1956Rick Casares (25)234CHI
1955Alan Ameche (22)213BAL
1954Joe Perry+ (27)173SFO
1953Joe Perry+ (26)192SFO
1952Eddie Price (27)183NYG
1951Eddie Price (26)271NYG
1950Joe Geri (25)188PIT
1950Steve Van Buren+ (29)188PHI
1949Steve Van Buren+ (28)263PHI
1949Bob Hoernschemeyer (23)133CHH
1948Steve Van Buren+ (27)201PHI
1948Spec Sanders (30)169NYY
1947Spec Sanders (29)231NYY
1947Steve Van Buren+ (26)217PHI
1946Bill Dudley+ (24)146PIT
1946Spec Sanders (28)140NYY
1945Frank Akins (26)147WAS
1944Bill Paschal (23)196NYG
1943Bill Paschal (22)147NYG
1942Bill Dudley+ (20)162PIT
1941Clarke Hinkle+ (32)129GNB
1940Whizzer White (23)146DET
1939Andy Farkas (23)139WAS
1938Whizzer White (21)152PIT
1937Cliff Battles+ (27)216WAS
1936Tuffy Leemans+ (23)206NYG
1935Kink Richards (24)153NYG
1934Ace Gutowsky (25)146DET
1934Swede Hanson (26)146PHI
1933Jim Musick (23)173BOS
1932Cliff Battles+ (22)148BOS
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