The NFL has a good selection of great running backs right now. How do they stack up to the great running backs that have played before them though? How close are some of them to major milestones? Let’s take a look.
Career Rushing Yards
While no one is close to Emmitt Smith’s mark of 18,355 yards in his career, there are three current players on the top 25 all time rushing list.
In 6th place, just 259 yards from breaking into the top 5 is LaDainian Tomlinson of the New York Jets. He should make that move and leap frog over Jerome Bettis sometime in the first half of the 2011 season.
In 15th place, just 380 yards from 14th place which belongs to Pro Football Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas, is Fred Taylor of the New England Patriots.
In 25th place, just 161 yards behind New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals great Ottis Anderson, is Thomas Jones.
Other Rushing Milestones:
-Fred Taylor needs just 305 yards to join the 12,000 Yard Club.
-Clinton Portis needs just 77 more yards to join the 10,000 Yard Club.
-Ricky Williams needs 435 more rushing yards to pass 10,000 for his career.
-Steven Jackson is just 52 yards shy of 8,000 for his career.
-Adrian Peterson needs 218 yards to pass 6,000 yards for his career.
-Five players are less than 500 yards away from passing the 5,000 career rushing yard milestone: Cedric Benson, Ronnie Brown, Chris Johnson, Chester Taylor, and Michael Vick.