NFL Rushing Yards per Game Year-by-Year 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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