NFL Rushing Attempts Year-by-Year Leaders

For some seasons (1960-1969 & 1947-1950) leaders for both leagues are shown.

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Leaders Table
Year Player Att Tm
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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