List of NFL 1,000-yard rushing duos
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. A running play generally occurs when the quarterback hands or tosses the ball backwards to the running back, but other players, such as the quarterback, can run with the ball. 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 statistician's error that incorrectly removed nine yards from his total. 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. Fullback Kevin Mack and halfback Earnest Byner became the third 1,000-yard duo, accomplishing the feat during the 1985 Cleveland Browns season.
In 2006, halfback Warrick Dunn and quarterback Michael Vick became the fourth duo with 1,000 rushing yards in the same season, and the first NFC team with such a duo. Vick also became the first quarterback to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season, while Dunn's 1,140 yards are the most by any player in a 1,000-yard duo. Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward of the New York Giants were the fifth duo to accomplish the feat, doing so in 2008. 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.
The 1978 Chicago Bears came the closest to having a 1000 yard duo without succeeding, when Walter Payton finished with 1,305 yards but Roland Harper fell 8 yards short of 1,000 with 992. That would have made them the first NFC team with a 1,000 yard rushing duo. The 1973 Cincinnati Bengals came almost as close without having even one 1,000 yard rusher, with Essex Johnson finishing with 997 yards and Boobie Clark finishing with 988 yards.
1,000-yard rushing duos
|No.||nth duo to have 1,000 rushing yards each|
|Position||The player's position|
|Y/A||Yards per rushing attempt|
|^||Super Bowl champions|
|Pro Bowl player|
|Pro Football Hall of Fame member|
|*||Active NFL player|
|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 Csonka||Fullback||14||1,117||5.2||6||Mercury Morris||Halfback||14||1,000||5.3||12|||
|2||1976||Pittsburgh Steelers||Franco Harris||Fullback||14||1,128||3.9||14||Rocky Bleier||Halfback||14||1,036||4.7||5|||
|3||1985||Cleveland Browns||Kevin Mack||Fullback||16||1,104||5.0||8||Earnest Byner||Halfback||16||1,002||4.1||8|||
|4||2006||Atlanta Falcons||Warrick Dunn||Halfback||16||1,140||4.0||4||Michael Vick||Quarterback||16||1,039||8.4||2|||
|5||2008||New York Giants||Brandon Jacobs||Halfback||13||1,089||5.0||15||Derrick Ward||Halfback||16||1,025||5.6||2|||
|6||2009||Carolina Panthers||Jonathan Stewart*||Halfback||16||1,133||5.1||10||DeAngelo Williams||Halfback||13||1,117||5.2||7|||
- The 1973 Miami Dolphins (Csonka and Morris), 1973 Cincinnati Bengals (Essex Johnson and Boobie Clark), 1988 Cincinnati Bengals (Ickey Woods and James Brooks) and 2004 Atlanta Falcons (Dunn and Vick) all had two 900-yard rushers in the regular season, but did not have two 1,000-yard rushers in the regular season. However, including postseason games, all four teams had two 1,000-yard rushers.
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