Atlanta Falcons’ All-Time Rushing Yardage Leaders

The Atlanta Falcons have been an NFL franchise since 1966, but have mostly not been competitive, at least not until recently. The Falcons have one Super Bowl appearance, which they lost to John Elway’s Denver Broncos. But there is no denying that the franchise has put some great running backs on the field, and here is a list of their all-time Top 10 in rushing yards:

Gerald Riggs (6631)—Gerald Riggs played for the Falcons for most of his career, from 1982 to 1988, and ranks first in franchise history with 6631 rushing yards. Riggs made the Pro Bowl three straight times from 1985-87, and his best season was 1985. That year, Riggs rushed for a career high 1719 yards with 10 rushing touchdowns, and added 33 receptions for another 267 yards as a receiver.

William Andrews (5986)—William Andrews played his entire career in Atlanta, from 1979 to 1986, missing the 1984 and 1985 seasons completely due to injury. Andrews ranks second in Falcons’ history with 5986 rushing yards and made the Pro Bowl four straight seasons (1980-83). He had his best season in 1983, rushing for a career best 1567 yards with 7 TDs, adding 59 catches for 609 yards and 4 more scores out of the backfield (giving Andrews 2176 yards from scrimmage).

Warrick Dunn (5981)—Warrick Dunn was with the Falcons from 2002 to 2007 and had some of his most productive seasons in Atlanta. Dunn ranks third in team history with 5981 rushing yards and his best season was in a Falcons’ uniform in 2005. That year, Dunn rushed for a career high 1416 yards with 3 rushing scores, adding 29 receptions for 220 yards and one more TD as well. It was also one of thee seasons that Dunn made the Pro Bowl, and one of two while with the Falcons.

Jamal Anderson (5336)—Jamal Anderson played his entire career in Atlanta, from 1994 to 2001, and was part of the 1998 team that went to the Super Bowl. Anderson ranks fourth in Falcons’ history with 5336 rushing yards and was first team All Pro in 1998. That was also his best season, as Anderson rushed for career highs in yards (1846) and touchdowns (14), while also catching 27 passes for another 319 yards and 2 scores.

Michael Vick (3859)—Michael Vick has only played for the Falcons, from 2001 to 2006, but is currently in jail for his role in a dog-fighting ring. Vick will be back in the NFL soon, but not with Atlanta. However, he put up some great numbers not just as a passer, but as a runner, almost revolutionizing the QB position. Vick put up a career high 1039 rushing yards in 2006 with 2 rushing TDs, and also passed for 2474 yards and career best 20 passing touchdowns that season.

Dave Hampton (3482)—Fullback Dave Hampton played most of his career in Atlanta, from 1972 to 1976. Hampton ranks sixth in franchise history with 3482 rushing yards and his best season was with Atlanta in 1975, when he rushed for a career high 1002 yards with 5 rushing touchdowns, adding 21 catches for 195 yards and one more receiving TD.

Haskel Stanback (2662)—Haskel Stanback played his entire career in Atlanta, from 1974 to 1979 and though he never started a game, ranks seventh in Falcons’ history with 2662 rushing yards. In 1977, Stanback put up career high numbers in rushing yards (873) and rushing touchdowns (6), while catching 30 passes for another 261 yards out of the backfield.

Lynn Cain (2263)—Lynn Cain played most of his career with the Falcons, from 1979 to 1984, and ranks seventh in franchise history with 2263 rushing yards. 1980 was Cain’s best season, when he started every game and rushed for career best numbers in yards (914) and touchdowns (8), while also catching 24 passes for 223 yards and 1 receiving TD.

Cannonball Butler (2250)—Fullback James “Cannonball” Butler played four seasons in Atlanta, from 1968 to 1971, and ranks ninth in the team’s history with 2250 rushing yards. Butler made the Pro Bowl in 1969, which was his best season, as he rushed for career highs in yards (655) and touchdowns (3), adding 17 receptions for 297 yards and 2 more scores out of the backfield.

Craig Heyward (2183)—Craig Heyward spent time with five NFL teams, three of those with the Falcons from 1994 to 1996. Heyward ranks tenth in Falcons’ history with 2183 rushing yards, and his best season was in Atlanta in 1995, when he made the Pro Bowl for the only time. That year, Heyward rushed for a career high 1083 yards with 6 touchdowns, and added 37 catches for another 350 yards and 2 more TDs as well.

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Paul 7 years ago

Such a shame for Michael Vick. Some people have all the talent but seem to want to waste it.


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richbrown80 6 years ago

huge falcons fan, Gerald Riggs was the best, nice article. Hopefully Michael Turner will be up towards the top soon. Check out my site, nflandcollegefootball.com. It's always good to see a fellow sports hubber on here


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dusy7969 5 years ago from San Diego, California

That's how things stand right now. Keep in mind that any subject can change over time, so be sure you keep up with the latest news. Nice work.

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