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This is a list of the top 30 all-time National Football League running backs by total career regular season rushing yards gained. Players listed in bold type are currently active as of the 2011 season.

Rank[1] Player Seasons by team Total carries Total yards gained[2] Overall yards per
carry average[3]
Year of induction into
Pro Football Hall of Fame
1 Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys (19902002)
Arizona Cardinals (20032004)
4,409 18,355 4.2 2010
2 Walter Payton Chicago Bears (19751987) 3,838 16,726 4.4 1993
3 Barry Sanders Detroit Lions (19891998) 3,062 15,269 5.0 2004
4 Curtis Martin New England Patriots (19951997)
New York Jets (19982006)
3,518 14,101 4.0 2012
5 LaDainian Tomlinson San Diego Chargers (20012009)
New York Jets (2010–present)
3,174 13,684 4.3 Still active/Not eligible[4]
6 Jerome Bettis Los Angeles Rams (19931995[5])
Pittsburgh Steelers (19962005)
3,479 13,662 3.9 None
7 Eric Dickerson Los Angeles Rams (19831987[6])
Indianapolis Colts (19871991)
Los Angeles Raiders (1992)
Atlanta Falcons (1993)
2,996 13,259 4.4 1999
8 Tony Dorsett Dallas Cowboys (19771987)
Denver Broncos (1988)
2,936 12,739 4.3 1994
9 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns (19571965) 2,359 12,312 5.2 1971
10 Marshall Faulk Indianapolis Colts (19941998)
St. Louis Rams (19992005)
2,836 12,279 4.3 2011
11 Edgerrin James Indianapolis Colts (19992005)
Arizona Cardinals (20062008)
Seattle Seahawks (2009)
3,028 12,246 4.0 Eligible in 2016[4]
12 Marcus Allen Los Angeles Raiders (19821992)
Kansas City Chiefs (19931997)
3,022 12,243 4.1 2003
13 Franco Harris Pittsburgh Steelers (19721983)
Seattle Seahawks (1984)
2,949 12,120 4.1 1990
14 Thurman Thomas Buffalo Bills (19881999)
Miami Dolphins (2000)
2,877 12,074 4.2 2007
15 Fred Taylor Jacksonville Jaguars (19982008)
New England Patriots (20092010)
2,534 11,695 4.6 Eligible in 2016[4]
16 John Riggins New York Jets (19711975)
Washington Redskins (19761985)
2,916 11,352 3.9 1992
17 Corey Dillon Cincinnati Bengals (19972003)
New England Patriots (20042006)
2,618 11,241 4.3 None
18 O.J. Simpson Buffalo Bills (19691977)
San Francisco 49ers (19781979)
2,404 11,236 4.7 1985
19 Warrick Dunn Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19972001)
Atlanta Falcons (20022007)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2008)
2,669 10,967 4.1 Eligible in 2014[4]
20 Ricky Watters San Francisco 49ers (19921994)
Philadelphia Eagles (19951997)
Seattle Seahawks (19982001)
2,622 10,643 4.1 None
21 Jamal Lewis Baltimore Ravens (20002006)
Cleveland Browns (20072009)
2,542 10,607 4.2 Eligible in 2015[4]
22 Thomas Jones Arizona Cardinals (20002002)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2003)
Chicago Bears (20042006)
New York Jets (20072009)
Kansas City Chiefs (2010–present)
2,678 10,591 4.0 Still active/Not eligible[4]
23 Tiki Barber New York Giants (19972006) 2,217 10,449 4.7 None
24 Eddie George Tennessee Titans (1996[7]2003)
Dallas Cowboys (2004)
2,865 10,441 3.6 None
25 Ottis Anderson St. Louis Cardinals (19791986[8])
New York Giants (19861992)
2,562 10,273 4.0 None
26 Ricky Williams New Orleans Saints (19992001)
Miami Dolphins (20022010)
Baltimore Ravens (2011)
2,431 10,009 4.1 Eligible in 2017[4]
27 Clinton Portis Denver Broncos (20022003)
Washington Redskins (20042010)
2,230 9,923 4.5 Eligible in 2016[4]
28 Joe Perry San Francisco 49ers (19481960)
Baltimore Colts (19611962)
San Francisco 49ers (1963)
1,929 9,723 5.0 1969
29 Shaun Alexander Seattle Seahawks (20002007)
Washington Redskins (2008)
2,187 9,453 4.3 Eligible in 2014[4]
30 Earl Campbell Houston Oilers (19781984[9])
New Orleans Saints (19841985)
2,187 9,407 4.3 1991

NotesEdit

  1. Rank is as of the conclusion of Week 17 of the 2011 season.
  2. Total is as of the conclusion of Week 17 of the 2011 season.
  3. Average is rounded to the nearest tenth.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 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 2010 season.
  5. In 1995, the Los Angeles Rams were styled as the St. Louis Rams upon the franchise's relocating.
  6. Dickerson was traded during the pendency of the 1987 season; he contested three games for the Rams and nine for the Colts.
  7. In the 1996 season, George's first, the Tennessee Titans were styled as the Houston Oilers; the franchise relocated prior to the commencement of the 1997 season.
  8. Anderson was traded during the pendency of the 1986 season; he contested four games for the Cardinals and eight for the Giants.
  9. Campbell was traded during the pendency of the 1984 season; he contested six games for the Oilers and eight for the Saints.

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