Football was special during the 1970’s. The Miami Dolphins went undefeated and won the Super Bowl in 1972. The Dallas Cowboys became America’s Team. Plus, NFL fans witnessed the dominance of the four time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
One stat that running backs are judged on is the 100 yard game. Gaining more than 100 yards in a game means that the back had a successful day. Accumulating a lot of 100 yard games in a season means the running back was very good against most of the teams he played against. Who had the most 100 yard games during the 1970’s?
No player ran for more 100 yard games during the 1970’s than the great O.J. Simpson. From 1970 to 1978, with both the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers, Simpson put up 41 total 100 yard games.
Here are the top ten players ranked by how many 100 yard games they had during the 1970’s:
1. O.J. Simpson – Bills / 49ers – 41
2. Franco Harris – Steelers – 35
3. Walter Payton – Bears – 34
4. Lawrence McCutcheon – Rams – 22
5. (tie) Earl Campbell – Oilers – 18
5. (tie) Lydell Mitchell – Colts / Chargers – 18
7. (tie) Chuck Foreman – Vikings – 17
7. (tie) Greg Pruitt – Browns – 17
9. (tie) Larry Brown – Redskins – 16
9. (tie) John Riggins – Jets / Redskins – 16
-That list contains five members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame: O.J. Simpson, Franco Harris, Walter Payton, Earl Campbell, and John Riggins. Just missing the list at number 11 was another Hall of Famer, Larry Csonka.
-The 1970’s list contains two players who played for the same team, though at different times, Larry Brown and John Riggins of the Redskins. Coincidentally, they both ended up tied with each other too.
***Look for this series to continue tomorrow with a look at: The Most 100 Yard Rushing Games Of The 1980’s