2011 – Running Backs Poised To Move Up On The Career Leaderboard

One of the most visible and important positions on a football team is running back. With the 2011 NFL season (hopefully) coming fast, we thought we would take a look and see if any important milestones are on the horizon for the current crop of running backs out there.


-Fred Taylor with 2,534 and Thomas Jones with 2,525 need less than 50 rushing attempts to move past Jamal Lewis and Ottis Anderson into the top 20 all time in that category.

-A little farther behind, but still doable is Ricky Williams. He needs just over 200 carries to break into the top 20 all time.


-LaDainian Tomlinson needs just 259 rushing yards to pass the great Jerome Bettis and enter the top 5 all time in this category. If he can manage to get 698 rushing yards this season, he will also pass Curtis Martin and end up number four on the list.

-Fred Taylor sits at 11,695 rushing yards for his career and is 15th all time. If he were to gain 928 yards he would pass Marshall Faulk and be in the top 10 all time in career rushing yards.

-The top 20 in career rushing yards is also set to have some new members. Thomas Jones and Clinton Portis could both join by putting up 531 and 721 yards respectively.


-It would be a huge longshot, but with 21 rushing touchdowns LaDainian Tomlinson would pass Emmitt Smith and end up with more rushing touchdowns than anyone else in NFL history.

-Clinton Portis needs just three rushing touchdowns to pass Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett and move into the top 20 all time in that category.

-Thomas Jones would need six rushing touchdowns, Fred Taylor eight, and Ricky Williams 10 to break into the top 25 all time rushing touchdown leaderboard.

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