NFL Touches 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 Touch Tm
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)385MIN
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)397NOR
1988Eric Dickerson+ (28)424IND
1987Charles White (29)350RAM
1986Eric Dickerson+ (26)430RAM
1985Marcus Allen+ (25)447RAI
1984James Wilder (26)492TAM
1983Eric Dickerson+ (23)441RAM
1982Billy Sims (26)206DET
1981Earl Campbell+ (26)397HOU
1980Joe Cribbs (22)389BUF
1979Walter Payton+ (25)400CHI
1978Walter Payton+ (24)383CHI
1977Lydell Mitchell (28)372BAL
1976Lydell Mitchell (27)349BAL
1975O.J. Simpson+ (28)357BUF
1974Mack Herron (26)332NWE
1973O.J. Simpson+ (26)338BUF
1972Ron Johnson (24)343NYG
1971Floyd Little+ (29)317DEN
1970Ron Johnson (22)316NYG
1969Tom Matte (30)278BAL
1969O.J. Simpson+ (22)232BUF
1968Leroy Kelly+ (26)272CLE
1968Paul Robinson (23)266CIN
1967Jim Nance (24)291BOS
1967Leroy Kelly+ (25)269CLE
1966Jim Nance (23)307BOS
1966Gale Sayers+ (23)292CHI
1965Jim Brown+ (29)323CLE
1965Cookie Gilchrist (30)270DEN
1964Jim Brown+ (28)316CLE
1964Matt Snell (23)278NYJ
1963Jim Brown+ (27)315CLE
1963Cookie Gilchrist (28)256BUF
1962Jim Taylor+ (26)294GNB
1962Abner Haynes (24)276DTX
1962Charley Tolar (25)276HOU
1961Jim Brown+ (25)353CLE
1961Billy Cannon (24)270HOU
1960Jim Brown+ (24)248CLE
1960Abner Haynes (22)244DTX
1959Jim Brown+ (23)318CLE
1958Jim Brown+ (22)276CLE
1957Rick Casares (26)230CHI
1956Rick Casares (25)260CHI
1955Alan Ameche (22)244BAL
1954Joe Perry+ (27)199SFO
1953Lynn Chandnois (28)213PIT
1953Joe Perry+ (26)213SFO
1952Eddie Price (27)195NYG
1951Eddie Price (26)276NYG
1950Frank Ziegler (26)198PHI
1949Steve Van Buren+ (28)279PHI
1949Chet Mutryn (28)177BUF
1948Steve Van Buren+ (27)225PHI
1948Chet Mutryn (27)215BUF
1947Spec Sanders (29)260NYY
1947Steve Van Buren+ (26)239PHI
1946Bill Dudley+ (24)191PIT
1946Spec Sanders (28)187NYY
1945Steve Van Buren+ (24)180PHI
1944John Grigas (24)215CRD
1943Bill Paschal (22)172NYG
1942Bill Dudley+ (20)194PIT
1941Marshall Goldberg (23)157CRD
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
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