Cleveland Browns’ All-Time Rushing Yardage Leaders
The Cleveland Browns began play in 1946, then became the Baltimore Ravens in 1996. As record keeping goes though, the original Browns and the expansion Browns that began play in 1999 are considered the same franchise, and rightly so. Overall, the Browns have not made it to the Super Bowl ever, but have won eight championships.
Here is a list of the Browns’ all-time Top 10 in rushing yards:
Jim Brown (12,312)—Jim Brown is not only the leader in Browns’ franchise history with 12,312 rushing yards, but he is widely considered as the greatest running back of all-time. Brown ranks eighth in NFL history with his yardage output and had an astounding 5.2 yards-per-carry average. Brown played his entire career in Cleveland, from 1957 to 1965, and made the Pro Bowl every season including first team All Pro 8 out of 9 seasons. Brown had his best season in 1963, when he rushed for a career best 1863 yards with 12 rushing touchdowns, adding 24 catches for 268 yards and 3 more scores out of the backfield.
Leroy Kelly (7274)—Leroy Kelly played his entire career in Cleveland, from 1964 to 1973, essentially becoming the lead running back after Jim Brown retired. Kelly ranks second in Browns’ history with 7274 rushing yards and made the Pro Bowl six straight seasons (1966-71) and first team All Pro three times. Kelly had his best season in 1968, with career highs in rushing yards (1239) and rushing TDs (16), adding 22 catches for 297 yards and 4 more touchdowns as a receiver.
Mike Pruitt (6540)—Mike Pruitt played most of his career in Cleveland, from 1976 to 1984 and ranks third in their history with 6540 rushing yards. Pruitt made the Pro Bowl in 1979 and 1980, and ’79 was his best overall season. That year, Pruitt rushed for a career high 1294 yards with 9 rushing touchdowns, adding 41 catches for 372 yards and 2 more TDs out of the backfield.
Greg Pruitt (5496)—Greg Pruitt (no relation to Mike) played for Cleveland from 1973 to 1981 and ranks fourth in team history with 5496 rushing yards. Pruitt was a four-time Pro Bowler with the Browns, and his best season for them was 1977. That year, Pruitt rushed for a career best 1086 yards with 3 rushing TDs, adding 37 catches for 471 receiving yards and one more touchdown.
Kevin Mack (5123)—Kevin Mack played his entire career in Cleveland, from 1985 to 1993 and formed a great tandem with Earnest Byner that almost took the Browns to the Super Bowl a couple of times. Mack ranks fifth in Browns’ history with 5123 rushing yards. His best season was 1985, one of two Pro Bowl seasons, when Mack rushed for a career high 1104 yards with 7 rushing touchdowns, adding 29 catches for 297 yards and 3 more TDs as a receiver.
Marion Motley (4712)—Marion Motley played most of his career with the Browns, from 1946 to 1953, and ranks sixth in their history with 4712 rushing yards. Motley made first team All Pro twice including his best season of 1948. That year, Motley rushed for a career high 964 yards with 5 touchdowns, and caught 13 passes for 192 yards and two more scores.
Earnest Byner (3364)—Earnest Byner formed the great tandem with Kevin Mack and played in Cleveland from 1984 to 1988 and again in 1994 and 1995. Byner ranks seventh in Browns’ history with 3364 rushing yards and his best season for them was 1985. That year, Byner rushed for 1002 yards with a career best 8 rushing touchdowns, and caught 45 passes for 460 yards and 2 more TDs out of the backfield.
Ernie Green (3204)—Ernie Green played in Cleveland from 1962 to 1968 and ranks eighth in team history with 3204 rushing yards. Green made the Pro Bowl in 1966 and 1967 and ’66 was his best overall season. That year, Green rushed for a career best 750 yards with 3 rushing touchdowns, adding 45 catches for 445 yards and 6 receiving TDs (all also career highs).
Jamal Lewis (2306)—Jamal Lewis is the only player on this list who plays for the second incarnation of the Browns, and though he has only played in Cleveland for two seasons (2007 and 2008), Lewis already ranks ninth in Browns’ history with 2306 rushing yards. Lewis’s best season in Cleveland to date was 2007 when he rushed for 1304 yards and 9 rushing TDs, adding 30 catches for 248 yards and 2 more TDs as a receiver.
Bobby Mitchell (2297)—Receiver/halfback Bobby Mitchell played for the Browns from 1958 to 1961 and ranks tenth in franchise history with 2297 rushing yards. Mitchell went on to put up better numbers in Washington, but his best season in Cleveland was 1960. That year, Mitchell made the Pro Bowl by rushing for 506 yards and 5 touchdowns, adding 45 catches for 612 yards and 6 more TDs as a flanker.