The NFL All-Time Leading Rusher By Letter In The Alphabet


There are a number of ways too look at running backs throughout history, but here is an interesting and mostly meaningless way of doing it.

Here are the leading rushers all time by letter of the alphabet (yardage totals through the end of the 2008 season).

A – Marcus Allen – 12,243
B – Jerome Bettis – 13,662
C – Earl Campbell – 9,407
D – Eric Dickerson – 13,259
E – Gerry Ellis – 3,826
F – Marshall Faulk – 12.279
G – Eddie George – 10.441
H – Franco Harris – 12,120
I – Eddie Lee Ivery – 2,933
J – Edgerrin James – 12,157
K – Leroy Kelly – 7,274
L – Jamal Lewis – 10,202
M – Curtis Martin – 14,101
N – Jim Nance – 5,401
O – Christian Okoye – 4,897
P – Walter Payton – 16,726
Q – Skeet Quinlan – 1,514
R – John Riggins – 11,352
S – Emmitt Smith – 18,355
T – Thurman Thomas – 12,074
U – Andy Uram – 1,073
V – Mark van Eeghen – 6,651
W – Ricky Watters – 10,643
X – None
Y – Steve Young – 4,239
Z – Amos Zereoue – 2,137

Interesting info related to this list:

-Steve Young is the only quarterback on the list.

-Skeet Quinlan played just five years in the NFL, though he did have the longest run from scrimmage in 1953 (74 yards).

-Three of the lowest leaders on the list spent their entire careers with the Green Bay Packers: Gerry Ellis, Eddie Lee Ivery, and Andy Uram.

-Four of the players on the list spent parts of their careers with the Oakland Raiders: Marcus Allen, Eric Dickerson, Mark van Eeghen, and Amos Zereoue.

-The player on the list with the lowest total is Andy Uram. Uram was drafted in 1938 out of the University of Minnesota by the Green Bay Packers. He would play six seasons with the team, never rushing for more than 272 yards in a year. In 1939, he had the longest run from scrimmage with a 97 yarder.

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