Colts’ All-Time Rushing Yardage Leaders
The Colts have been an NFL franchise since the ‘50’s, in Baltimore and then in Indianapolis since 1984. They have fielded some incredible teams, especially on the offensive side of the ball, and here is a list of the Colts’ all-time Top 10 in rushing yards.
Edgerrin James (9226)—James was in a good position with the Colts, as he was the featured running back in the days when Peyton Manning began leading the Colts’ offense, from 1999 to 2005 before signing with Arizona. James had some incredible years in Indy, and ranks first in team history with 9226 rushing yards. James’ best season was 2000, when he made the Pro Bowl for the second straight season. That year, James rushed for a career high 1709 yards with 13 rushing touchdowns; and added 63 receptions for another 594 yards and 5 more TDs. The 2303 yards from scrimmage ranks eighth for a single season in NFL history.
Lydell Mitchell (5487)—Lydell Mitchell was with the Baltimore Colts from 1972 to 1977 and was a part of some great Colts’ teams that featured Bert Jones at QB. Mitchell ranks second in Colts’ history with 5487 rushing yards over his time in Baltimore. He had a career high 1200 rushing yards in 1976, but Mitchell’s best overall season was 1975, when he rushed for 1193 yards with a career best 11 touchdowns, as well as 544 receiving yards and 4 more TDs out of the backfield.
Marshall Faulk (5320)—Before he joined the “Greatest Show on Turf” in St. Louis along with Kurt Warner and Isaac Bruce, Faulk played for the Colts, from 1994 to 1998, and even made the Pro Bowl in a Colts’ uniform three times. Faulk ranks third in Colts’ history with 5320 rushing yards, and his best season with the team was 1998. That year, Faulk had 1319 rushing yards, 86 catches for 908 yards (1804 yards from scrimmage) and 10 total touchdowns.
Eric Dickerson (5194)—Eric Dickerson played for a few different teams during his career, and while he had his best years with the Rams, he produced effectively for the Colts from 1987 to 1991. Dickerson ranks fourth in franchise history with 5194 rushing yards, and his best season in Indianapolis was 1988, when he was first team All-Pro. That year, Dickerson rushed for 1659 yards with 14 rushing touchdowns; and 377 yards as a receiver with one more TD.
Lenny Moore (5174)—Lenny Moore played his entire career with the Baltimore Colts, from 1956 to 1967 and made the Pro Bowl seven times (five times first team All Pro). Moore ranks fifth in Colts’ history with 5174 rushing yards. His highest rushing output was 649 yards in 1956. But Moore’s best overall season was probably 1958, when he piled up 1536 yards from scrimmage (938 receiving yards) with 14 total touchdowns. That was also the year the Colts beat the Giants in what is still called “the greatest game ever played.”
Tom Matte (4646)—Tom Matte played his entire career in Baltimore, from 1961 to 1972. Matte ranks sixth in Colts’ history with 4646 rushing yards and his best season was 1969 when he was first team All-Pro. That year, Matte rushed for 909 yards with 11 rushing TDs, and added 43 catches for 513 yards and 2 more touchdowns out of the backfield.
Alan Ameche (4045)—Alan Ameche played his entire career in Baltimore, from 1955 to 1960. He ranks seventh in team history with 4045 rushing yards and his best season was 1955, when he was first team All-Pro. That year, Ameche rushed for a career best 961 yards with 9 touchdowns (also career high), and added 27 catches for 141 yards.
Randy McMillan (3876)—Randy McMillan played for the Colts from 1981 to 1986, which means he played in both Baltimore and Indianapolis. McMillan ranks eighth in Colts’ history with 3876 rushing yards and his best season was with Indy in 1985. That year, McMillan rushed for career highs in yards (858) and rushing touchdowns (7), and added 22 catches for 115 yards.
Curtis Dickey (3490)—Curtis Dickey played for the Colts from 1980 to 1985, so he also made the move with the franchise from Baltimore to Indy. Dickey ranks ninth in Colts’ history with 3490 rushing yards, and his best season with the team was 1983. That year, Dickey rushed for a career best 1122 yards with 4 rushing touchdowns; and added 24 catches for 483 yards and another 3 TDs, giving him 1605 yards from scrimmage and 7 total TDs.
Dominic Rhodes (2699)—Despite battling injuries over the course of his career and spending one season in Oakland (2007), Dominic Rhodes has mostly been a Colt and has been very productive on the field. Rhodes began his career in 2001 and returned to Indianapolis in 2008. He ranks tenth in team history with 2699 rushing yards and Rhodes’ best season 2001. That year, he rushed for a career high 1104 yards with 9 rushing touchdowns (also career best); adding 34 catches for another 224 yards out of the backfield.