A great running back can change a game by putting on a good performance. One of the best ways to measure a running back’s performance is by how many 100 yard games they have. A running back can also positively affect a game by doing well as a receiver. Today, we’ll be taking a look at running backs who have accumulated more than 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game.
This feat has been done just 30 times since 1960 and is really something special when it does occur. No one has done this more than twice during their career. In fact, only three players have managed to do it even twice; Walter Payton (1977 and 1982), Priest Holmes (2001 and 2002), and Brian Westbrook (2006 and 2007). The frachise that has done this the most is the Kansas City Chiefs, who have seen it done five times by four different running backs (Abner Haynes, Tony Reed, Joe Delaney, and Priest Holmes).
Here are some other interesting facts regarding players who have run for 100 yards and caught 100 yards worth of passes in the same game.
-The franchise to give up 100 yards rushing and receiving to the same player the most is the Oakland Raiders. They’ve done this three times, interestingly each time to the Kansas City Chiefs (1964, 1981, and 2001).
-The youngest player ever to accomplish this feat was Joe Delaney who did it in 1981 at the age of 22 years and 346 days.
-The oldest player ever to do this was Priest Holmes who did it in 2002 at the age of 29 years and 48 days.
-Four players have broken the 100 yard mark in rushing and receiving in the same game during the first game of the season. Jim Brown did it for Cleveland in 1963, Tony Dorsett for Dallas in 1978, Marcus Allen for the Raiders in 1986, and Thurman Thomas for Buffalo in 1991.
-The only player to have this kind of performance in the last game of the year was New Orleans’ Pierre Thomas who did it in a season ending loss to the Chicago Bears in 2007.
-The most rushing yards gained in a game by a player eclipsing the 100 yard mark in rushing and receiving is 216. Billy Cannon did this on 25 carries for an 8.64 yard average in a 48-21 win over the New York Titans in 1961. Cannon also scored three rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns that day.
-The most receiving yards gained in one of these performances was 170 yards on nine catches. This was done by Herschel Walker of the Cowboys in a 1986 win over the Eagles. In that same game, Walker had gained 122 yards on just six carries for an amazing 20.33 yard average.
-The most receiving touchdowns caught in a game by a player accomplishing this feat is three and were caught by Redskins running back Larry Brown in a 38-20 win over the Eagles in 1973.
-The first, and through 2010 only, player to do this on a Monday Night Football game was Tony Dorsett of the Dallas Cowboys in 1978.
-The first, and through 2010 only, player to do this on a Thursday night game was Walter Payton on Thanksgiving Day in 1977.
-In the ten seasons of the American Football League, 1960-1969, only two players gained more than 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game: Billy Cannon in that 1961 game and Abner Haynes in 1964.
-Great players that appear on the list of players to do this include Billy Cannon, Priest Holmes, Thurman Thomas, Jim Brown, Tony Dorsett, Walter Payton, Chris Johnson, Leroy Kelly, Herschel Walker, Billy Sims, Steven Jackson, Ottis Anderson, Abner Haynes, and Marcus Allen. Some of the names you might not expect to see mixed in with players of that caliber include Lionel “Little Train” James, Essex Johnson, Greg Pruitt, Darrin Nelson, Johnny Hector, and Tony Reed.