NFL Yards From Scrimmage Year-by-Year Leaders

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Leaders Table
Year Player YScm Tm
2019Christian McCaffrey (23)1,811CAR
2018Saquon Barkley (21)2,028NYG
2017Todd Gurley (23)2,093LAR
2016David Johnson (24)2,118ARI
2015Julio Jones (26)1,871ATL
2014DeMarco Murray (26)2,261DAL
2013LeSean McCoy (25)2,146PHI
2012Adrian Peterson (27)2,314MIN
2011Ray Rice (24)2,068BAL
2010Arian Foster (24)2,220HOU
2009Chris Johnson (23)2,509TEN
2008Adrian Peterson (23)1,885MIN
2007Brian Westbrook (28)2,104PHI
2006Steven Jackson (23)2,334STL
2005Tiki Barber (30)2,390NYG
2004Tiki Barber (29)2,096NYG
2003LaDainian Tomlinson+ (24)2,370SDG
2002Priest Holmes (28)2,287KAN
2001Priest Holmes (27)2,169KAN
2000Edgerrin James (22)2,303IND
1999Marshall Faulk+ (26)2,429STL
1998Marshall Faulk+ (25)2,227IND
1997Barry Sanders+ (29)2,358DET
1996Ricky Watters (27)1,855PHI
1995Emmitt Smith+ (26)2,148DAL
1994Barry Sanders+ (26)2,166DET
1993Emmitt Smith+ (24)1,900DAL
1992Thurman Thomas+ (26)2,113BUF
1991Thurman Thomas+ (25)2,038BUF
1990Thurman Thomas+ (24)1,829BUF
1989Thurman Thomas+ (23)1,913BUF
1988Roger Craig (28)2,036SFO
1988Eric Dickerson+ (28)2,036IND
1987Herschel Walker (25)1,606DAL
1986Eric Dickerson+ (26)2,026RAM
1985Marcus Allen+ (25)2,314RAI
1984Eric Dickerson+ (24)2,244RAM
1983Eric Dickerson+ (23)2,212RAM
1982Marcus Allen+ (22)1,098RAI
1981William Andrews (25)2,036ATL
1980Earl Campbell+ (25)1,981HOU
1979Wilbert Montgomery (24)2,006PHI
1978Walter Payton+ (24)1,875CHI
1977Walter Payton+ (23)2,121CHI
1976O.J. Simpson+ (29)1,762BUF
1975O.J. Simpson+ (28)2,243BUF
1974Otis Armstrong (23)1,812DEN
1973O.J. Simpson+ (26)2,073BUF
1972Larry Brown (24)1,689WAS
1971Floyd Little+ (29)1,388DEN
1970Ron Johnson (22)1,514NYG
1969Tom Matte (30)1,422BAL
1969Warren Wells (26)1,284OAK
1968Leroy Kelly+ (26)1,536CLE
1968Lance Alworth+ (28)1,330SDG
1967Hoyle Granger (23)1,494HOU
1967Leroy Kelly+ (25)1,487CLE
1966Gale Sayers+ (23)1,678CHI
1966Jim Nance (23)1,561BOS
1965Jim Brown+ (29)1,872CLE
1965Lance Alworth+ (25)1,590SDG
1964Jim Brown+ (28)1,786CLE
1964Charley Hennigan (29)1,546HOU
1963Jim Brown+ (27)2,131CLE
1963Clem Daniels (27)1,784OAK
1962Abner Haynes (24)1,622DTX
1962Jim Taylor+ (26)1,580GNB
1961Jim Brown+ (25)1,867CLE
1961Charley Hennigan (26)1,746HOU
1960John David Crow (25)1,533STL
1960Bill Groman (24)1,473HOU
1959Jim Brown+ (23)1,519CLE
1958Jim Brown+ (22)1,665CLE
1957Lenny Moore+ (23)1,175BAL
1956Frank Gifford+ (26)1,422NYG
1955Alan Ameche (22)1,102BAL
1954Joe Perry+ (27)1,252SFO
1953Joe Perry+ (26)1,209SFO
1952Billy Howton (22)1,231GNB
1951Elroy Hirsch+ (28)1,498RAM
1950Tom Fears+ (27)1,116RAM
1949Gene Roberts (26)1,345NYG
1949Chet Mutryn (28)1,029BUF
1948Chet Mutryn (27)1,617BUF
1948Steve Van Buren+ (27)1,041PHI
1947Spec Sanders (29)1,445NYY
1947Steve Van Buren+ (26)1,087PHI
1946Jim Benton (29)981RAM
1946Spec Sanders (28)968NYY
1945Jim Benton (28)1,067RAM
1944Don Hutson+ (31)953GNB
1943Harry Clarke (26)1,091CHI
1942Don Hutson+ (29)1,215GNB
1941Don Hutson+ (28)760GNB
1940Dick Todd (25)810WAS
1939Andy Farkas (23)984WAS
1938Whizzer White (21)655PIT
1937Cliff Battles+ (27)955WAS
1936Ace Gutowsky (27)857DET
1935Ernie Caddel (24)621DET
1934Beattie Feathers (25)1,178CHI
1933Cliff Battles+ (23)922BOS
1932Cliff Battles+ (22)636BOS
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