NFL Rushing Yards Year-by-Year Leaders

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Leaders Table
Year Player Yds Tm
2017Le'Veon Bell (25)1,222PIT
2016Ezekiel Elliott (21)1,631DAL
2015Adrian Peterson (30)1,485MIN
2014DeMarco Murray (26)1,845DAL
2013LeSean McCoy (25)1,607PHI
2012Adrian Peterson (27)2,097MIN
2011Maurice Jones-Drew (26)1,606JAX
2010Arian Foster (24)1,616HOU
2009Chris Johnson (23)2,006TEN
2008Adrian Peterson (23)1,760MIN
2007LaDainian Tomlinson+ (28)1,474SDG
2006LaDainian Tomlinson+ (27)1,815SDG
2005Shaun Alexander (28)1,880SEA
2004Curtis Martin+ (31)1,697NYJ
2003Jamal Lewis (24)2,066BAL
2002Ricky Williams (25)1,853MIA
2001Priest Holmes (27)1,555KAN
2000Edgerrin James (22)1,709IND
1999Edgerrin James (21)1,553IND
1998Terrell Davis+ (25)2,008DEN
1997Barry Sanders+ (29)2,053DET
1996Barry Sanders+ (28)1,553DET
1995Emmitt Smith+ (26)1,773DAL
1994Barry Sanders+ (26)1,883DET
1993Emmitt Smith+ (24)1,486DAL
1992Emmitt Smith+ (23)1,713DAL
1991Emmitt Smith+ (22)1,563DAL
1990Barry Sanders+ (22)1,304DET
1989Christian Okoye (28)1,480KAN
1988Eric Dickerson+ (28)1,659IND
1987Charles White (29)1,374RAM
1986Eric Dickerson+ (26)1,821RAM
1985Marcus Allen+ (25)1,759RAI
1984Eric Dickerson+ (24)2,105RAM
1983Eric Dickerson+ (23)1,808RAM
1982Freeman McNeil (23)786NYJ
1981George Rogers (22)1,674NOR
1980Earl Campbell+ (25)1,934HOU
1979Earl Campbell+ (24)1,697HOU
1978Earl Campbell+ (23)1,450HOU
1977Walter Payton+ (23)1,852CHI
1976O.J. Simpson+ (29)1,503BUF
1975O.J. Simpson+ (28)1,817BUF
1974Otis Armstrong (23)1,407DEN
1973O.J. Simpson+ (26)2,003BUF
1972O.J. Simpson+ (25)1,251BUF
1971Floyd Little+ (29)1,133DEN
1970Larry Brown (22)1,125WAS
1969Gale Sayers+ (26)1,032CHI
1969Dickie Post (23)873SDG
1968Leroy Kelly+ (26)1,239CLE
1968Paul Robinson (23)1,023CIN
1967Jim Nance (24)1,216BOS
1967Leroy Kelly+ (25)1,205CLE
1966Jim Nance (23)1,458BOS
1966Gale Sayers+ (23)1,231CHI
1965Jim Brown+ (29)1,544CLE
1965Paul Lowe (28)1,121SDG
1964Jim Brown+ (28)1,446CLE
1964Cookie Gilchrist (29)981BUF
1963Jim Brown+ (27)1,863CLE
1963Clem Daniels (26)1,099OAK
1962Jim Taylor+ (26)1,474GNB
1962Cookie Gilchrist (27)1,096BUF
1961Jim Brown+ (25)1,408CLE
1961Billy Cannon (24)948HOU
1960Jim Brown+ (24)1,257CLE
1960Abner Haynes (22)875DTX
1959Jim Brown+ (23)1,329CLE
1958Jim Brown+ (22)1,527CLE
1957Jim Brown+ (21)942CLE
1956Rick Casares (25)1,126CHI
1955Alan Ameche (22)961BAL
1954Joe Perry+ (27)1,049SFO
1953Joe Perry+ (26)1,018SFO
1952Dan Towler (24)894RAM
1951Eddie Price (26)971NYG
1950Marion Motley+ (30)810CLE
1949Steve Van Buren+ (28)1,146PHI
1949Joe Perry+ (22)783SFO
1948Marion Motley+ (28)964CLE
1948Steve Van Buren+ (27)945PHI
1947Spec Sanders (29)1,432NYY
1947Steve Van Buren+ (26)1,008PHI
1946Spec Sanders (28)709NYY
1946Bill Dudley+ (24)604PIT
1945Steve Van Buren+ (24)832PHI
1944Bill Paschal (23)737NYG
1943Bill Paschal (22)572NYG
1942Bill Dudley+ (20)696PIT
1941Pug Manders (28)486BKN
1940Whizzer White (23)514DET
1939Bill Osmanski (23)699CHI
1938Whizzer White (21)567PIT
1937Cliff Battles+ (27)874WAS
1936Tuffy Leemans+ (23)830NYG
1935Doug Russell (24)499CRD
1934Beattie Feathers (25)1,004CHI
1933Jim Musick (23)809BOS
1932Cliff Battles+ (22)576BOS
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