The Chicago Bears are one of the iconic teams in NFL history. With a long tradition, it’s interesting to see who exactly is in possession of the five best running back seasons in team history. The results aren’t actually too surprising.
#5 – 1976 – Walter Payton
In 1976, a 22 year old Walter Payton would rush the ball 311 times for 1,390 yards and 13 touchdowns during his rookie season.
#4 – 1985 – Walter Payton
1985 would see Walter Payton put up big numbers in the year the Bears would win the Super Bowl. He finished the season with 324 carries for 1,551 yards and nine touchdowns.
#3 – 1984 – Walter Payton
In 1984, Payton would rack up 381 rushing attempts, the most of his career, and gain 1,684 yards while scoring 11 touchdowns.
#2 – 1979 – Walter Payton
1979 would see Walter Payton get 369 carries for 1,610 yards and 14 touchdowns.
#1 – 1977 – Walter Payton
In his second season in the NFL, Payton would carry the ball 339 times for 1,852 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Interesting note: Through 2016, only two players other than Walter Payton rank in the top ten in the category of most rushing yards in a season for the Bears. That would be Thomas Jones who in 2005 ran for 1,335 yards which is good for 10th place in team history and Matt Forte who ran for 1,339 yards in 2013 which is good enough for the number 9 spot overall. All other eight spots in the top ten belong to Payton.