The Washington Redskins came into the NFL in 1932 and have a long list of great running backs. Over the years the team has experienced a great deal of success, and much of it was due to the strength of the offensive line and the running backs that ran through the holes opened up by them. What running backs sit at the top of the various career rushing categories for the Redskins though?
One of the most popular running backs in Redskins history was John Riggins. He also ended up rushing for more yards than any other Redskin in history, finishing his time with the team with 7,472 yards. Second on the list is Larry Brown with 5,875 yards and he is followed closely behind in third place by Stephen Davis with 5,790 yards. In fourth place is Clinton Portis with 5,434 and as he is still on the team, he has a chance of moving up on the list.
No Redskins running back played in more Washington Redskins games than Brian Mitchell . His 159 games puts him 45 games above the second place player in this category, John Riggins who played in 119 games for Washington.
Since John Riggins ran for more yards than any other Redskins running back, it should come as no surprise that he also has the most carries in team history with 1,988.
Again at the top of the list is John Riggins, this time it is his 79 touchdown runs that lead the team. Stephen Davis sits in second this time with 45, followed closely by Clinton Portis with 41 and then Terry Allen with 37.
Longest Run From Scrimmage
Billy Wells only played five seasons in the NFL, and of those only a little over two seasons with the Redskins, but in his rookie year he had a run of 88 yards which was not only the longest run by anyone during the 1954 season, it is still the longest run by any Redskins running back ever.
Finally a category that John Riggins does not lead in, the Redskins running back who has fumbled the ball more than any other running back in team history is Larry Brown. His 40 fumbles places him just four ahead of John Riggins and his 36 career Redskins fumbles.
John Riggins, Larry Brown, Stephen Davis and Clinton Portis are just a few of the great running backs who have played for the team. Other notable running backs to wear the Redskins uniform include Terry Allen, Earnest Byner, Cliff Battles, Mike Thomas, Don Bosseler, Ladell Betts, George Rogers, Charlie Harraway, Joe Washington, Ricky Ervins, Brian Mitchell, Gerald Riggs, Reggie Brooks, Kelvin Bryant, Wilbur Jackson, Jamie Morris, Skip Hicks, Billy Wells, Trung Canidate, Timmy Smith, Ki-Jana Carter, Marc Logan, Larry Centers, Reggie Dupard, T.J. Duckett, Larry Bowie, Terry Metcalf, Adrian Murrell, Donnell Bennett, and Shaun Alexander.