The Oldest NFL Running Backs To Reach Significant Milestones


There are some milestone numbers in football that are important to both fans and players. For running backs those milestones are 100 yard games and 1,000 yard seasons. Who are the oldest players to reach those milestones in the NFL?

-The oldest player to rush for 100 yards or more in an NFL game is MacArthur Lane who ran for 144 yards on 17 attempts (8.47 yard average!) at the age of 36 in 1978 while playing for the Kansas City Chiefs. The truly amazing thing is that though he gained 144 yards on the ground that day, he would finish the season with just 277 total yards rushing. The second, third, and fourth spots on the list of oldest running backs to have 100 yard games all belong to Washington Redskins great, and Pro Football Hall of Fame member, John Riggins. Riggins had three 100 yard games at the age of 36 in 1985. Rounding out the top five is Marcus Allen who had a 100 yard game at the age of 35 for the Kansas City Chiefs against his old team the Oakland Raiders in 1995.

-The oldest player to rush for 1,000 or more yards in a season is John Henry Johnson of the Pittsburgh Steelers who was 35 years old in 1964 when he had his last 1,000 yard season. Second and third place on the list belong to John Riggins who accomplished the feat at 35 and 34 years of age. Franco Harris, another great Pittsburgh running back, ran for 1,000 yards at the age of 33 in 1983 and is listed in fourth place. Rounding out the top five is the same man that leads the category, John Henry Johnson who was 33 in 1962 when he rushed for 1,141 yards.

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