The 1980’s were a great time to watch pro football. The San Francisco 49ers emerged as the team of the decade. Future Hall of Famers like Marcus Allen, Dan Marino, John Elway, Jim Kelly, and Jerry Rice all started their careers. And who could forget the United States Football League trying to compete against the NFL?
Running backs, regardless of the era in which they played, are always judged on a game by game basis by how many yards they put up. Reaching the 100 yard rushing mark against a team is a sign that a running back had an exceptional day. Who had more 100 yard games during the 1980’s than anyone else?
The player who had more 100 yard games than anyone else during the 1980s was Eric Dickerson. From 1983 to 1989, for both the Los Angeles Rams and the Indianapolis Colts, Dickerson had 58 total 100 yard games.
Here are the top ten players ranked by how many 100 yard games they had during the 1980’s:
1. Eric Dickerson – Rams / Colts – 58
2. Walter Payton – Bears – 43
3. Tony Dorsett – Cowboys / Broncos – 31
4. (tie) Gerald Riggs – Falcons / Redskins – 27
4. (tie) George Rogers – Saints / Redskins – 27
6. (tie) Ottis Anderson – Cardinals / Giants – 26
6. (tie) Freeman McNeil – Jets – 26
8. (tie) Billy Sims – Lions – 23
8. (tie) Curt Warner – Seahawks – 23
10. (tie) Marcus Allen – Raiders – 22
10. (tie) Earl Campbell – Oilers / Saints – 22
-Gerald Riggs and George Rogers are the only two players who played for the same team, the Redskins, who ended up on the list. Though they both also played for other teams too.
-Earl Campbell is the only player that ended up on the top ten list in two different decades. He tied for 10th in the 1980’s and he tied for 5th place in the 1970’s.
-Five players off this list would go on to make it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame too: Eric Dickerson, Walter Payton, Tony Dorsett, Marcus Allen, and Earl Campbell.
***Look for this series to continue tomorrow with a look at: The Most 100 Yard Rushing Games Of The 1990’s