The first decade of the new century saw some incredible football take place. The New England Patriots emerged behind Tom Brady and Bill Belichick as a force to be reckoned with. Peyton Manning solidified himself as one of the best quarterbacks the league had ever seen. Plus, the decade saw a young quarterback named Ben Roethlisberger win two Super Bowls.
Running backs are often judged by how many touchdowns they score and how many yards they rush for. A truly effective running back will put together a number of 100 yard games during a season. What player had more 100 yard games during the 2000’s than any other?
No player had more 100 yard games during the 2000’s than Edgerrin James. During his time with both the Colts and the Cardinals he put up 100 yards in a game 47 times, just barely edging out the second place player.
Here are the top ten players ranked by how many 100 yard games they had during the 2000’s:
1. Edgerrin James – Colts / Cardinals – 47
2. LaDainian Tomlinson – Chargers – 46
3. Clinton Portis – Broncos / Redskins – 44
4. Fred Taylor – Jaguars / Patriots – 40
5. (tie) Shaun Alexander – Seahawks – 37
5. (tie) Tiki Barber – Giants – 37
7. Jamal Lewis – Ravens / Browns – 36
8. Ricky Williams – Saints / Dolphins – 34
9. Ahman Green – Packers – 33
10. Thomas Jones – Cardinals / Bucs / Bears / Jets – 32
-Thomas Jones is the only player to appear in the top ten in this category for any decade and do so playing for four different teams.
-Edgerrin James’ teams were 42-5 when he ran for 100 or more yards in a game, that’s a better winning percentage than anyone else on this list had.
Look back at this entire series:
The Most 100 Yard Rushing Games Of The 1960’s
The Most 100 Yard Rushing Games Of The 1970’s
The Most 100 Yard Rushing Games Of The 1980’s
The Most 100 Yard Rushing Games Of The 1990’s
The Most 100 Yard Rushing Games Of The 2000’s