The New England Patriots have been one of the more successful franchises in pro football history, especially in recent years. They have been able to do this due to some great coaching, great players, and great performances. The team has had a number of very good running backs over the years, but which ones have the most 100 yard games ever?
The Top Five Patriots Ever Based On 100 Yard Rushing Games:
Tied for fifth place with eight career 100 yard rushing games are Don Calhoun and Tony Collins. Interestingly, these two players played successively as Calhoun’s first 100 yard game was in 175 and his last was in 1980. Collins then came along, having his first 100 yard game in 1981 and his last in 1984.
There is another tie on this list in third place. With 11 career 100 yard games for the Patriots each, Sam Cunningham and Corey Dillon share this spot. Cunningham accomplished this for the team from 1974 to 1977 where as Dillon racked all of those up in two seasons, 2004 and 2005.
In second place on this list is a running back that really left his mark on NFL record books, though mostly for another team. From his rookie season in 1995 through 1997, Curtis Martin would put up 14 100 yard rushing performances. The next year would see him continue to run the ball as a member of the New York Jets.
In first place on this list with 17 career 100 yard rushing games is a man who accumulated all those games way back when the team was known as the Boston Patriots. Jim Nance was a very good running back and still holds many team records. He also was one of the more consistent running backs in the American Football League.