Denver Broncos’ All-Time Rushing Yardage Leaders
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The Denver Broncos have been a football franchise since 1960 in the AFL days, and since the dawn of the Super Bowl era have made it to the big game six times and won it twice, both in the ‘90’s with John Elway at quarterback. But the Broncos, despite being in the middle of the country, are in a cold weather market and have always been a team built on a solid running game and defense. So it’s no surprise that they have had their share of quality running backs over the years. Here is a list of the Broncos’ all-time Top 10 in rushing yards:
Terrell Davis (7607)—Every championship team has a star running back, and Terrell Davis was a key cog in the Broncos’ run to two straight titles in the ‘90’s. Davis’ career was cut short by injury, but it was an incredibly productive career. He played for Denver, his only team, from 1995 to 2001, and ranks first in franchise history with 7607 rushing yards, making first team All Pro three straight seasons from 1996-98. Davis’ best season was 1998, when he rushed for 2008 yards—not just a career high, but fourth best for a single season in NFL history. That season, Davis also had a career best 21 rushing touchdowns, and added 25 catches for 217 yards and 2 more TDs out of the backfield.
Floyd Little (6323)—Floyd Little played his entire career for the Broncos, from 1967 to 1975, and ranks second in team history with 6323 rushing yards. Little made the Pro Bowl five times, including twice as a first team All Pro entry. He had a career high 1133 rushing yards in 1971, but Little’s best overall season was 1973, when he rushed for 979 yards with a career best 12 rushing TDs, adding 41 catches for a career high 423 receiving yards and one more score.
Sammy Winder (5427)—Sammy Winder also played his whole career for Denver, from 1982 to 1990. Winder ranks third highest on the Broncos’ all-time list with 5427 rushing yards, and his best season was 1984, one of two Pro Bowl years. That season, Winder rushed for a career high 1153 yards with 4 rushing TDs, adding 44 catches for 288 yards and 2 more touchdowns as a receiver.
Otis Armstrong (4453)—Otis Armstrong also played for the Broncos his entire career, from 1973 to 1980. He ranks fourth in team history with 4453 rushing yards, and Armstrong’s best season was 1974, when he was a first team All Pro. That year, Armstrong rushed for career highs in yards (1407) and rushing touchdowns (9) with 38 catches for 405 yards and 3 more TDs out of the backfield.
Mike Anderson (3822)—Mike Anderson played most of his career in Denver, from 2000 to 2005, and was one of those rushers who had the benefit of running behind one of the game’s best offensive lines over that time. Anderson ranks fifth in Broncos’ history with 3822 rushing yards, and his best season for them was 2000. That year, Anderson rushed for career best numbers in rushing yards (1487) and rushing TDs (15), adding 23 catches for 169 yards as well.
John Elway (3407)—Many folks remember John Elway for the way he could throw a football, but he was also an elusive runner when he needed to be. Elway played for the Broncos (his only team) from 1983 to 1998, and is pretty much a legend in Denver. In addition to his gaudy passing numbers (51,475 passing yards and 300 touchdown passes), Elway racked up 3407 rushing yards, ranking him sixth in franchise history. In 1987, Elway rushed for a career high 304 yards with 4 rushing TDs.
Clinton Portis (3099)—Despite played in Denver for just two seasons (2002 and 2003), Clinton Portis ranks seventh in team history with 3099 rushing yards. Portis had his lone Pro Bowl selection with Denver in 2003, with a career high 1591 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns, adding 38 catches for 314 yards as a receiver.
Jon Keyworth (2653)—Fullback Jon Keyworth played for the Broncos his entire career, from 1974 to 1980, and ranks eighth in team history with 2653 rushing yards. Keyworth had his best overall season in 1975, when he rushed for a career best 725 rushing yards with 3 rushing TDs, adding 42 catches for 314 yards and one more score out of the backfield.
Tatum Bell (2591)—Tatum Bell was with the Broncos from 2004 to 2006 and again in 2008. Bell ranks ninth in rushing all-time for the Broncos with 2591 rushing yards, and his best season for them was 2006. That season, Bell rushed for a career high 1025 yards with 2 touchdowns, and added 24 catches for 115 yards as well.
Bobby Humphrey (2386)—Bobby Humphrey only played four seasons in the NFL, and three of those were with Denver from 1989 to 1991. Humphrey ranks tenth in Broncos’ history with 2386 rushing yards, and his best season for them was his Pro Bowl year of 1990. That season, Humphrey rushed for career highs in yards (1202) and rushing TDs (7, tied career best), adding 24 catches for 152 yards as a receiver.