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2,000-yard Club
Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson recorded an NFL-record 2,105 rushing yards in 1984.

The 2,000-yard club is a group of eight National Football League (NFL) running backs who have rushed for 2,000 yards (1,800 meters) or more in a regular season.[1] These eight rushing seasons rank as the highest single-season rushing totals in NFL history,[2] and reaching the 2,000-yard mark is considered a significant achievement for running backs.[3] No running back has yet achieved this feat twice. The first 2,000-yard season was recorded in 1973 by Buffalo Bills running back O.J. Simpson. Simpson is the only player ever to have surpassed 2,000 yards in a 14-game season, as all others occurred in 16-game seasons; he finished the season with 2,003 rushing yards, averaging six yards per carry and an NFL-record 143.1 rushing yards per game.[4] Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson, who had broken the single-season rookie rushing record in 1983,[5] recorded the second 2,000-yard season in 1984. Dickerson rushed for 2,105 yards, the current NFL rushing record, and averaged 131.6 rushing yards per game.[4]

Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders recorded the third 2,000-yard season in 1997, rushing for 2,053 yards. At the age of 29, Sanders was the oldest back to surpass 2,000 yards. Sanders had opened the season with only 53 yards through two games, but ran for 100 yards or more in each of the last 14 games of the season and averaged 6.1 yards per carry during the season.[4] In 1998 Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis became the fourth player to rush for over 2,000 yards, running for 2,008 yards. Davis also recorded 21 rushing touchdowns in his 2,000-yard season, the only 2,000 yard rusher to do so.[4] To date, Davis is the only member of the 2,000 yard club to win a Super Bowl in the year they rushed for 2,000 yards. Davis had reached the 1,000-yard mark only seven games into the season .[5] Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis surpassed 2,000 yards in the 2003 season, recording 2,066 yards over the course of the season. 500 of these yards were recorded in two games against the Cleveland Browns, with Lewis rushing for a then-NFL record 295 yards in the first and recording 205 rushing yards in the second.[5] Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson ran for 2,006 yards in 2009, averaging 5.6 yards per carry, and also recorded an NFL-record 2,509 yards from scrimmage.[4] Minnesota Vikings back Adrian Peterson is the second most recent player to have surpassed 2,000 yards rushing, having finished the 2012 season with 2,097 yards rushing, just 8 yards short of Dickerson's record.[5] Peterson had torn two ligaments in his left knee the previous year, making him the only player to have surpassed 2,000 yards after having reconstructive knee surgery the prior season.[1] Titans running back Derrick Henry reached the mark on January 3rd, 2021, making the Titans the first franchise to have multiple 2,000-yard rushers.

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry became the newest member of the 2,000-yard club with 2,027 yards in the 2020 regular season.

Out of the eight players to have recorded a 2,000-yard rushing season, all but one (Dickerson) won the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award the year that they rushed for 2,000 yards. Dickerson would go on to win the award though after the 1986 NFL season. Simpson, Sanders, Davis, and Peterson also won the AP Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. Simpson, Dickerson, Sanders and Davis are each members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which "honor[s] individuals who have made outstanding contributions to professional football";[6] Lewis has not been voted in, and Johnson, Peterson, and Henry are not yet eligible. Johnson has retired from the NFL, but Peterson and Henry have not.

Key

Key
Symbol Meaning
No. Number of the player, ranked by the time he surpassed 2,000 rushing yards
Games Games in the season
Att. Total rushing attempts
Yds. Total rushing yards
TD Total rushing touchdowns
Y/A Rushing yards per attempt
Y/G Rushing yards per game
Top Game Most single game rushing yards (in season)
Fumb. Total fumbles
MVP AP Most Valuable Player
OPOY AP Offensive Player of the Year
HOF Pro Football Hall of Fame member
* Active NFL player
N/E Not yet eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame[A]

2,000-yard rushers

List of players with 2,000 or more rushing yards in a regular season
No. Season Player Team Games Att. Yds. TDs Y/A Y/G Top Game Fumb. MVP OPOY HOF Retired Ref
1 1973 O. J. Simpson Buffalo Bills 14 332 2,003 12 6.0 143.1 250 7 Yes Yes 1985 Yes [8]
2 1984 Eric Dickerson Los Angeles Rams 16 379 2,105 14 5.6 131.6 215 14 No No 1999 Yes [9]
3 1997 Barry Sanders Detroit Lions 16 335 2,053 11 6.1 128.3 216 3 Yes Yes 2004 Yes [10]
4 1998 Terrell Davis Denver Broncos 16 392 2,008 21 5.1 125.5 208 2 Yes Yes 2017 Yes [11]
5 2003 Jamal Lewis Baltimore Ravens 16 387 2,066 14 5.3 129.1 295 8 No Yes No Yes [12]
6 2009 Chris Johnson Tennessee Titans 16 358 2,006 14 5.6 125.4 228 3 No Yes N/E Yes [13]
7 2012 Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings 16 348 2,097 12 6.0 131.1 212 4 Yes Yes N/E No [14]
8 2020 Derrick Henry Tennessee Titans 16 378 2,027 17 5.4 126.7 250 3 No Yes N/E No [15]

Notes

Notes
  1. ^ To be eligible for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the candidate must have been retired for at least five years.[7]
Footnotes
  1. ^ a b "Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson joins the 2,000-yard club". NFL.com. December 30, 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ "NFL Single-Season Rushing Yards Leaders". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ "Adrian Peterson just misses record". ESPN.com. December 31, 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e Bender, Bill (December 23, 2012). "Adrian Peterson has one more week to enter elite 2,000 yard club". Sporting News. AOL.com. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d "NFL Single-Season Rushing Leaders". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ "Mission Statement". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ "Hall of Famers: Selection Process FAQ". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ "O.J. Simpson AFL & NFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ "Eric Dickerson NFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013.
  10. ^ "Barry Sanders NFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013.
  11. ^ "Terrell Davis NFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013.
  12. ^ "Jamal Lewis NFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013.
  13. ^ "Chris Johnson NFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013.
  14. ^ "Adrian Peterson NFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013.
  15. ^ "RB Henry eclipses 2,000 rushing yards for Titans". ESPN.com. 2021-01-04. Retrieved .

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