Jacksonville Jaguars’ All-Time Rushing Yardage Leaders
The Jacksonville Jaguars came into the NFL as an expansion team in 1995, and were almost instantly competitive. Just like the Carolina Panthers, who entered the league the same year, the Jaguars made it to the AFC championship game in their second season, a remarkable feat. And though they are a warm weather team, the Jags have mostly played like a cold weather team—with a solid defense and running game. Here are the Jaguars’ all-time Top 5 in rushing yards so far:
Fred Taylor (11,271)—Fred Taylor has played his entire career in Jacksonville, since 1998, and as I write this in 2009 is still playing for the Jaguars. Taylor ranks first in Jacksonville history with an incredible 11,271 rushing yards, which ranks him 16th in NFL history and third among active players behind Edgerrin James and LaDainian Tomlinson. Amazingly though, Taylor has only been selected to the Pro Bowl once, in 2007. And while he had a career best 14 TDs in 1998, Taylor’s best overall season was 2003. That year, he rushed for a career high 1572 yards with 6 rushing scores, adding 48 receptions for another 370 yards and one more touchdown out of the backfield.
James Stewart (2951)—James Stewart played the first few seasons of his career in Jacksonville, from 1995 to 1999, and still ranks second in team history with 2951 rushing yards. That, despite not being a starter most of the time. Stewart’s best season for the Jaguars was in 1999, when he rushed for 931 yards and a career best 13 rushing touchdowns, adding 21 catches for 108 yards as a receiver.
Maurice Jones-Drew (2533)—Maurice Jones-Drew began his career with the Jags in 2006, and he and Taylor form a very good running back tandem for the team today. Jones-Drew is a bruising but speedy back, and he already ranks third in franchise history with 2533 rushing yards. Jones-Drew had his best season so far in his rookie year, rushing for career highs in yards (941) and touchdowns (13) and adding 46 catches for 436 yards and two more TDs as well.
Mark Brunell (2219)—Mark Brunell was drafted by Green Bay in 1994 but taken in the expansion draft by the Jags the following season. Brunell was a quarterback but also the type of QB that could take off running when he wanted to, ranking fourth in team history with 2219 rushing yards. Brunell was one of the game’s best players during his career, making the Pro Bowl three times. And in 1995, he had career highs in rushing yards (480) and rushing scores (4).
Stacey Mack (1498)—Stacey Mack played most of his career in Jacksonville, from 1999 to 2002. Mack was mostly a backup, but still ranks fifth in Jags’ history with 1498 rushing yards. Mack started 11 games in 2001, racking up career highs in rushing yards (877) and rushing touchdowns (9), adding 23 catches for another 165 yards and one TD out of the backfield.