List of National Football League rushing yards leaders

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For leaders of each NFL season, see List of National Football League rushing champions.

This is a list of National Football League running backs by total career rushing yards. This list includes all running backs who have rushed for at least 10,000 yards.

Active players listed in bold type.

Players with 10,000 rushing yards or more[edit]

Rank[1]PlayerSeasons by teamTotal carriesTotal yards gained[2]Overall yards per
carry average[3]
Year of induction into
Pro Football Hall of Fame
1Emmitt SmithDallas Cowboys (19902002)
Arizona Cardinals (20032004)
2Walter PaytonChicago Bears (19751987)3,83816,7264.41993
3Barry SandersDetroit Lions (19891998)3,06215,2695.02004
4Curtis MartinNew England Patriots (19951997)
New York Jets (19982006)
5LaDainian TomlinsonSan Diego Chargers (20012009)
New York Jets (20102011)
3,17413,6844.3Eligible in 2017[4]
6Jerome BettisLos Angeles Rams (19931995[5])
Pittsburgh Steelers (19962005)
7Eric DickersonLos Angeles Rams (19831987[6])
Indianapolis Colts (19871991)
Los Angeles Raiders (1992)
Atlanta Falcons (1993)
8Tony DorsettDallas Cowboys (19771987)
Denver Broncos (1988)
9Jim BrownCleveland Browns (19571965)2,35912,3125.21971
10Marshall FaulkIndianapolis Colts (19941998)
St. Louis Rams (19992005)
11Edgerrin JamesIndianapolis Colts (19992005)
Arizona Cardinals (20062008)
Seattle Seahawks (2009)
3,02812,2464.0Eligible in 2015[4]
12Marcus AllenLos Angeles Raiders (19821992)
Kansas City Chiefs (19931997)
13Franco HarrisPittsburgh Steelers (19721983)
Seattle Seahawks (1984)
14Thurman ThomasBuffalo Bills (19881999)
Miami Dolphins (2000)
15Fred TaylorJacksonville Jaguars (19982008)
New England Patriots (20092010)
2,53411,6954.6Eligible in 2016[4]
16Steven JacksonSt. Louis Rams (20042012)
Atlanta Falcons (2013–Present)
2,74311,3884.2Active/Not eligible[4]
17>John RigginsNew York Jets (19711975)
Washington Redskins (19761985)
18Corey DillonCincinnati Bengals (19972003)
New England Patriots (20042006)
19O. J. SimpsonBuffalo Bills (19691977)
San Francisco 49ers (19781979)
20Warrick DunnTampa Bay Buccaneers (19972001)
Atlanta Falcons (20022007)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2008)
21Frank GoreSan Francisco 49ers (2005–Present)2,41710,9294.5Active/Not eligible[4]
22Ricky WattersSan Francisco 49ers (19921994)
Philadelphia Eagles (19951997)
Seattle Seahawks (19982001)
23Jamal LewisBaltimore Ravens (20002006)
Cleveland Browns (20072009)
2,54210,6074.2Eligible in 2015[4]
24Thomas JonesArizona Cardinals (20002002)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2003)
Chicago Bears (20042006)
New York Jets (20072009)
Kansas City Chiefs (20102011)
2,67810,5914.0Eligible in 2017[4]
25Tiki BarberNew York Giants (19972006)2,21710,4494.7None
26Eddie GeorgeTennessee Titans (1996[7]2003)
Dallas Cowboys (2004)
27Ottis AndersonSt. Louis Cardinals (19791986[8])
New York Giants (19861992)
28Adrian PetersonMinnesota Vikings (2007–Present)2,05410,1905.0Active/Not eligible[4]
29Ricky WilliamsNew Orleans Saints (19992001)
Miami Dolphins (20022010)
Baltimore Ravens (2011)
2,43110,0094.1Eligible in 2017[4]

Active players with 8,000 yards or more[edit]

As of Week 16 of the 2014 season.


  1. ^ Rank is through Week 16 of the 2014 season.
  2. ^ Total is through Week 16 of the 2014 season.
  3. ^ Average is rounded to the nearest tenth.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i A player is not eligible for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame until he has been fully retired for five calendar years or is deceased; player was not eligible for induction upon the commencement of the 2014 season.
  5. ^ In 1995, the Los Angeles Rams became known as the St. Louis Rams after the franchise relocated.
  6. ^ Dickerson was traded mid-season in 1987; he played three games for the Rams and nine for the Colts.
  7. ^ In the 1996 season, George's first, the Tennessee Titans were known as the Houston Oilers; the franchise relocated prior to the commencement of the 1997 season.
  8. ^ Anderson was traded during mid-season in 1986; he played four games for the Cardinals and eight for the Giants.

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