Interesting Facts About The Rushing Yards Per Game Leaders


Here is an interesting look at some of the players who have led the league in rushing yards per game.

-Eric Dickerson led the league in rushing yards per game in five out of six consecutive seasons (1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988).

-Jim Brown led the league in rushing yards per game for five consecutive seasons from 1957 to 1961, then after not leading the league during the 1962 season, he was back to lead the league in rushing yards per game for three consecutive seasons from 1963 to 1965.

-The first player to average more than 100 yards per game over the course of a season was Spec Sanders, who at the age of 29 averaged 102.3 yards per game in 1947 for the New York Yankees.

-From 1991 to 1997, the NFL leader in rushing yards per game was either Emmitt Smith or Barry Sanders.

-The great Earl Campbell led the league in rushing yards per game for three straight years from 1978 to 1980.

-The lowest rushing yards per game to ever lead the league in the category was put up by Pug Manders of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1941 when he led the league by averaging 44.2 yards per game.

-The highest total of rushing yards per game ever put up in one season was 143.1 yards per game. This was done in 1973 by the Buffalo Bills‘ O.J. Simpson.

The team that has had one of their players lead the league in rushing yards a game the most times is the Cleveland Browns, who’ve done that ten times, thanks largely to Jim Brown who accomplished this feat eight different times. Buffalo and Chicago are tied for second in this category having each had their players lead the league in rushing yards per game six times.

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