List of NFL 1,000-yard rushing duos

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Atlanta Falcons halfback Warrick Dunn recorded 1,140 rushing yards in 2006, the most yards of any member of a 1,000-yard rushing duo.

In American football, running (also referred to as rushing) is, along with passing, one of the two main methods of advancing the ball down the field.[1] A running play generally occurs when the quarterback hands or tosses the ball backwards to the running back,[2] but other players, such as the quarterback, can run with the ball.[1] In the National Football League (NFL), there have been six pairs of teammates that have each recorded 1,000 rushing yards in the same season. Five of these duos consisted of running backs, and a sixth consisted of a running back and a quarterback.

The first 1,000-yard duo consisted of fullback Larry Csonka and halfback Mercury Morris. Csonka and Morris accomplished the feat as members of the Miami Dolphins during their 1972 season, when the team finished undefeated and won the Super Bowl. Morris finished with an even 1,000 yards; he had initially been credited with only 991 yards after the end of the regular season, due to a statician's error that incorrectly removed nine yards from his total.[3] The second 1,000-yard tandem occurred four years later in 1976, when fullback Franco Harris and halfback Rocky Bleier both surpassed 1,000 yards playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers.[4] Fullback Kevin Mack and halfback Earnest Byner became the third 1,000-yard duo, accomplishing the feat during the 1985 Cleveland Browns season.[5]

In 2006, halfback Warrick Dunn and quarterback Michael Vick became the fourth duo with 1,000 rushing yards in the same season. Vick also became the first quarterback to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season,[6] while Dunn's 1,140 yards are the most by any player in a 1,000-yard duo.[7] Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward of the New York Giants were the fifth duo to accomplish the feat, doing so in 2008.[8] DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart of the Carolina Panthers are the most recent players to have accomplished the feat, having done so in 2009. In addition to being the sixth 1,000-yard backfield tandem, the two are also the only 1,100-yard rushing duo.[9]

1,000-yard rushing duos[edit]

Key
Symbol Meaning
No. nth duo to have 1,000 rushing yards each
Position The player's position
GP Games played
Yds. Rushing yards
Y/A Yards per rushing attempt
TDs Rushing touchdowns
^ Super Bowl champions
dagger Pro Bowl player
double-dagger Pro Football Hall of Fame member
* Active NFL player
List of teammates with at least 1,000 rushing yards each
No. Season Team Leading rusher Position Games Yds. Y/A TDs Second-leading rusher Position Games Yds. Y/A TDs Ref(s).
1 1972 Miami Dolphins^ Larry Csonkadaggerdouble-dagger Fullback 14 1,117 5.2 6 Mercury Morrisdagger Halfback 14 1,000 5.3 12 [10][11]
2 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers Franco Harrisdaggerdouble-dagger Fullback 14 1,128 3.9 14 Rocky Bleier Halfback 14 1,036 4.7 5 [12][13]
3 1985 Cleveland Browns Kevin Mackdagger Fullback 16 1,104 5.0 8 Earnest Byner Halfback 16 1,002 4.1 8 [14]
4 2006 Atlanta Falcons Warrick Dunn Halfback 16 1,140 4.0 4 Michael Vick* Quarterback 16 1,039 8.4 2 [15]
5 2008 New York Giants Brandon Jacobs* Halfback 13 1,089 5.0 15 Derrick Ward Halfback 16 1,025 5.6 2 [16]
6 2009 Carolina Panthers Jonathan Stewart* Halfback 16 1,133 5.1 10 DeAngelo Williamsdagger* Halfback 13 1,117 5.2 7 [17]

Teams with multiple 900 yard rushers[edit]

Season Team Leading Rusher Yds. Second-leading Rusher Yds. Reference
1973 Miami Dolphins[a]^ Larry Csonka 1003 Mercury Morris 954 [18]
1973 Cincinnati Bengals[a] Essex Johnson 997 Boobie Clark 988 [18]
1978 Chicago Bears Walter Payton 1395 Roland Harper 992 [19]
1980 Atlanta Falcons William Andrews 1308 Lynn Cain 914 [20]
1988 Cincinnati Bengals[a] Ickey Woods 1036 James Brooks 931 [21]
2004 Atlanta Falcons[a] Warrick Dunn 1106 Michael Vick* 902 [22]
2005 Denver Broncos Mike Anderson 1014 Tatum Bell 921 [23]
2006 Jacksonville Jaguars Fred Taylor 1146 Maurice Jones-Drew 941 [24]
2011 Houston Texans Arian Foster 1224 Ben Tate 942 [25]

Notes[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ a b "Beginner's Guide to Football". National Football League. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Run". NFL360.com. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ "1,000-yard Duo: Csonka and Morris". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Harris and Bleier rush for 1,000 yards". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Browns' 1,000-yard backs: Mack and Byner". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ "1,000-yard duo". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Panthers could become first team to have two 1,100-yard rushers in same season". The Charlotte Observer. December 31, 2009. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Giants 1,000-yard duo: Jacobs and Ward". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Stewart gives Panthers pair of 1,100-yard rushers". CBS Sports. January 3, 2010. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ "1972 Miami Dolphins". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Larry Csonka". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  12. ^ "1976 Pittsburgh Steelers". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Franco Harris". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  14. ^ "1985 Cleveland Browns". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  15. ^ "2006 Atlanta Falcons". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  16. ^ "2008 New York Giants". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  17. ^ "2009 Carolina Panthers". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  18. ^ a b "1973 Rushing Leaders". Pro-Football-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  19. ^ "1978 Rushing Leaders". Pro-Football-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  20. ^ "1980 Rushing Leaders". Pro-Football-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  21. ^ "1988 Rushing Leaders". Pro-Football-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  22. ^ "2004 Rushing Leaders". Pro-Football-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  23. ^ "2005 Rushing Leaders". Pro-Football-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  24. ^ "2006 Jacksonville Jaguars". Pro-Football-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  25. ^ "2011 Houston Texans". Pro-Football-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2012-02-07.