Quarterbacks Who Have Led Their Team In Rushing


Through the years, there have been some great running quarterbacks in the league: Steve Young, Daunte Culpepper, Brett Favre, and more… but how many quarterbacks have led their team in rushing over the course of a season?

Let’s look at the NFL from the time of the AFL-NFL merger (1970) and see…

1972 Chicago Bears

In 1972 the Chicago Bears starting quarterback Bobby Douglass, known for running the ball well, led the team in rushing gaining 968 yards on 141 carries (6.9 yard average) and scoring 8 rushing touchdowns.

1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 Philadelphia Eagles

For four years in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s the Philadelphia Eagles‘ Randall Cunningham was an elusive runner, especially for a quarterback. Cunningham ran for 505 yards and three touchdowns in 1987, 624 yards and six touchdowns in 1988, 621 yards and four touchdowns in 1989, and finally 942 yards and five touchdowns in 1990. Amazingly, during the 1990 season he averaged 7.98 yards per carry.

2000 Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles became an answer to a trivia question (only team to have two different quarterbacks lead the team in rushing) in 2000 when second year quarterback Donovan McNabb led the team in rushing with 629 yards on 86 carries and six tourchdowns, averaging an impressive 7.3 yards per carry.

Since 1970, there have been six different times that a quarterback has led their team in rushing. Four of those times were accomplished by the same person, Randall Cunningham.

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