New York Giants’ All-Time Rushing Yardage Leaders
Joe Morris (courtesy of NY Daily News)
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I did a similar hub on Greatest Giants’ running backs, but this one is more based on pure facts and statistics, and a guy named Brandon Jacobs is quickly rising up the ranks and will find his way onto this list shortly. This is a Top 10 of Giants’ all-time running backs, based on career yardage with the team:
Tiki Barber (10,449)—It’s kind of funny that Barber retired after the 2006 season amid speculation that Tom Coughlin’s coaching style created rifts in the clubhouse and prevented the Giants from becoming champions. It’s funny because the following year, the Giants won the Super Bowl, without Barber. Whether or not you believe that Barber himself was a distraction, he always produced on the field, and after a career (all with the Giants) from 1997 to 2006, Barber ranks first in team history with 10,449 rushing yards and added another 5132 yards as a receiver. Barber’s best season was 2005, when he was a first team All-Pro, rushing for a career best 1860 yards with 9 touchdowns, with 530 yards and 2 more TDs as a receiver, giving Barber 2390 yards from scrimmage, best in the NFL that season.
Rodney Hampton (6897)—Rodney Hampton was with the Giants from 1990 to 1997, and though he was a part of the Super Bowl team in his first season, he never sniffed the big game again. Hampton played his entire career for the Giants and ranks second in franchise history with 6897 rushing yards. Hampton rushed for a career high 1182 yards in 1995, but his best season was 1992, when he made the Pro Bowl by rushing for 1141 yards with a career best 14 rushing touchdowns.
Joe Morris (5296)—Joe Morris was a small guy for a running back, but the way the Giants’ offensive line busted open holes, that didn’t matter. Morris played in the glory days of the ‘80’s for the New York Giants, from 1982 to 1988, including in the Super Bowl year of 1986. Morris ranks third in Giants’ history with 5296 rushing yards, and his best season was 1986, when he was a first team All-Pro by rushing for 1516 yards (career high) with 14 TDs, and 233 receiving yards with one more TD. Morris had his career high in rushing touchdowns the following season, 1986, with 21.
Alex Webster (4638)—Alex Webster played his entire career in New York, from 1955 to 1964, and ranks fourth in team history with 4638 rushing yards. Webster was a fullback so his yards are more based on longevity than anything. His best season for the Giants was 1961, when he made the Pro Bowl by rushing for a career high 928 yards with 2 touchdowns, adding another 313 yards and 3 TDs as a receiver.
Ron Johnson (3836)—Ron Johnson played for the Giants from 1970 to 1975, and that means during some lean years for the team. But Johnson was a bright spot on the team, and still ranks fifth in their history with 3836 rushing yards. His best season for the G-men was 1972, when he went to the Pro Bowl with a career high 1182 yards rushing and 9 touchdowns, and added 451 yards and 5 TDs receiving.
Frank Gifford (3609)—You may all remember Frank Gifford as a Monday Night Football announcer, but Gifford was a great Giants’ running back, playing for them from 1952 to 1964 and making the Pro Bowl eight times. Gifford ranks sixth in team history with 3609 rushing yards and his best season was 1956, when he had a career best 1422 yards from scrimmage (819 rushing, 603 receiving) with 9 total touchdowns.
Doug Kotar (3380)—Doug Kotar, like Ron Johnson, was a bright spot on some bad Giants’ teams, from 1974 to 1981. Kotar ranks seventh in Giants’ history with 3380 rushing yards, and his best season was 1976, when he piled up a career best 731 rushing yards and 3 TDs, with 319 receiving yards. Kotar passed away tragically in 1983 due to a brain tumor.
Eddie Price (3292)—Eddie Price played his entire career for the Giants, from 1950 to 1955, and ranks eighth in team history with 3292 rushing yards. Price had his best season in 1951, when he was a first team All-Pro, rushing for a career high 971 yards and 7 TDs (also a career best).
Tuffy Leemans (3132)—Tuffy Leemans played for the Giants his entire career, from 1936 to 1943, and ranks ninth in franchise history with 3132 rushing yards. Leemans’ best season was 1936, when he rushed for a career best 830 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Rob Carpenter (2572)—Rob Carpenter played a few seasons in Houston and then for the Giants from 1981 to1985, leading a resurgence that saw the team reach the playoffs in 1981 for the first time in years. Carpenter ranks tenth in Giants’ history with 2572 rushing yards, and his best season with them was 1984, when he rushed for 795 yards with a career best 7 rushing touchdowns; adding 209 yards and one more TD as a receiver.
*Brandon Jacobs (2481)—It’s worth putting Brandon Jacobs on this list because the current (as I write this in 2008) starter in the Giants’ backfield has the potential to climb this list fast. Jacobs has been with the G-men since 2005 and ranks eleventh in their history already with 2481 yards, and is on pace in 2008 for 1295 rushing yards and 16 TDs.