NFL Touches Year-by-Year Leaders

For some seasons (1960-1969 & 1947-1950) leaders for both leagues are shown.
+ Indicates Hall of Famer, season age in parentheses

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Leaders

Leaders Table
Year Player Touch Tm
2021Najee Harris (23)381PIT
2020Derrick Henry (26)397TEN
2019Christian McCaffrey (23)403CAR
2018Ezekiel Elliott (23)381DAL
2017Le'Veon Bell (25)406PIT
2016David Johnson (24)373ARI
2015Adrian Peterson (30)357MIN
2014DeMarco Murray (26)449DAL
2013LeSean McCoy (25)366PHI
2012Arian Foster (26)391HOU
2011Maurice Jones-Drew (26)386JAX
2010Arian Foster (24)393HOU
2009Chris Johnson (23)408TEN
2008Adrian Peterson (23)384MIN
2007LaDainian Tomlinson+ (28)375SDG
2006Larry Johnson (26)457KAN
2005Tiki Barber (30)411NYG
2004Curtis Martin+ (31)412NYJ
2003Ricky Williams (26)442MIA
2002LaDainian Tomlinson+ (23)451SDG
2001LaDainian Tomlinson+ (22)398SDG
2000Eddie George (26)453TEN
1999Edgerrin James+ (21)431IND
1998Jamal Anderson (25)437ATL
1997Terrell Davis+ (24)411DEN
1996Ricky Watters (27)404PHI
1995Emmitt Smith+ (26)439DAL
1994Emmitt Smith+ (25)418DAL
1993Thurman Thomas+ (27)403BUF
1992Emmitt Smith+ (23)432DAL
1991Emmitt Smith+ (22)414DAL
1990Earnest Byner (27)328WAS
1989Dalton Hilliard (25)396NOR
1988Eric Dickerson+ (28)424IND
1987Charles White (29)347RAM
1986Eric Dickerson+ (26)430RAM
1985Marcus Allen+ (25)447RAI
1984James Wilder (26)492TAM
1983Eric Dickerson+ (23)441RAM
1982Billy Sims (26)206DET
1981Earl Campbell+ (26)397HOU
1980Earl Campbell+ (25)384HOU
1979Walter Payton+ (25)400CHI
1978Walter Payton+ (24)383CHI
1977Lydell Mitchell (28)372BAL
1976Lydell Mitchell (27)349BAL
1975O.J. Simpson+ (28)357BUF
1974John Brockington (26)309GNB
1973O.J. Simpson+ (26)338BUF
1972Ron Johnson (24)343NYG
1971Floyd Little+ (29)310DEN
1970Ron Johnson (22)311NYG
1969Tom Matte (30)278BAL
1969Jim Nance (26)222BOS
1968Leroy Kelly+ (26)270CLE
1968Paul Robinson (23)262CIN
1967Jim Nance (24)291BOS
1967Leroy Kelly+ (25)255CLE
1966Jim Nance (23)307BOS
1966Bill Brown (28)288MIN
1965Jim Brown+ (29)323CLE
1965Cookie Gilchrist (30)270DEN
1964Jim Brown+ (28)316CLE
1964Matt Snell (23)271NYJ
1963Jim Brown+ (27)315CLE
1963Cookie Gilchrist (28)256BUF
1962Jim Taylor+ (26)294GNB
1962Charley Tolar (25)274HOU
1961Jim Brown+ (25)351CLE
1961Billy Cannon (24)243HOU
1960Jim Taylor+ (24)245GNB
1960Abner Haynes (22)211DTX
1959Jim Brown+ (23)314CLE
1958Jim Brown+ (22)273CLE
1957Rick Casares (26)229CHI
1956Rick Casares (25)257CHI
1955Alan Ameche (22)240BAL
1954Joe Perry+ (27)199SFO
1953Joe Perry+ (26)211SFO
1952Eddie Price (27)194NYG
1951Eddie Price (26)276NYG
1950Steve Van Buren+ (29)190PHI
1949Steve Van Buren+ (28)267PHI
1949Chet Mutryn (28)160BUF
1948Steve Van Buren+ (27)211PHI
1948Chet Mutryn (27)186BUF
1947Spec Sanders (29)232NYY
1947Steve Van Buren+ (26)226PHI
1946Spec Sanders (28)157NYY
1946Bill Dudley+ (24)150PIT
1945Frank Akins (26)155WAS
1944Bill Paschal (23)196NYG
1943Bill Paschal (22)156NYG
1942Bill Dudley+ (20)163PIT
1941Clarke Hinkle+ (32)137GNB
1940Whizzer White (23)150DET
1939Andy Farkas (23)155WAS
1938Whizzer White (21)159PIT
1937Cliff Battles+ (27)225WAS
1936Tuffy Leemans+ (23)210NYG
1935Kink Richards (24)161NYG
1934Clarke Hinkle+ (25)155GNB
1933Jim Musick (23)176BOS
1932Cliff Battles+ (22)152BOS