List of National Football League career rushing attempts leaders

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This is a list of National Football League running backs by total career rushing attempts. This list includes all running backs with at least 2,500 attempts.

Active players listed in bold type.

Players with at least 2,500 rushing attempts[edit]

Rank[1] Player Attempts[2]
1 Emmitt Smith 4,409
2 Walter Payton 3,838
3 Curtis Martin 3,518
4 Jerome Bettis 3,479
5 Gore, FrankFrank Gore 3,226
6 Tomlinson, LaDanianLaDanian Tomlinson 3,174
7 Sanders, BarryBarry Sanders 3,062
8 Edgerrin James 3,028
9 Marcus Allen 3,022
10 Eric Dickerson 2,996
11 Franco Harris 2,949
12 Tony Dorsett 2,936
13 John Riggins 2,916
14 Thurman Thomas 2,877
15 Eddie George 2,865
16 Marshall Faulk 2,836
17 Steven Jackson 2,764
18 Thomas Jones 2,678
19 Warrick Dunn 2,669
20 Ricky Watters 2,622
21 Corey Dillon 2,618
22 Peterson, AdrianAdrian Peterson 2,574
23 Anderson, OttisOttis Anderson 2,562
24 Lewis, JamalJamal Lewis 2,542
25 Taylor, FredFred Taylor 2,534

Active players with at least 2,000 attempts[edit]

Thru end of 2017 season. All numbers in attempts.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Rank is through end of 2017 season.
  2. ^ Total is through end of 2017 season.

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