Washington Redskins’ All-Time Rushing Yardage Leaders
The Redskins are one of the NFL’s more storied franchises, having been in existence since 1932. The team has also fielded some great running backs over the years, especially John Riggins who tops their all-time list of yardage gainers. Here is a current Top 10 for the Redskins all-time in that category:
John Riggins (7472)—John Riggins helped the Redskins win a Super Bowl in the ‘80’s with his straight-ahead, pounding style of running behind a big, strong offensive line that was dubbed “The Hogs.” Riggins played for the Redskins from 1976 to 1985 after a few years to start his career with the New York Jets. Riggins leads the Redskins’ all-time with 7472 rushing yards and his best season was 1983, when he was first-team All-Pro with career highs in yards (1347) and rushing touchdowns (24).
Clinton Portis (5953)—Clinton Portis has been with the Redskins since 2004 and in a few short years already ranks second on their career rushing list with 5953 yards. Portis has a good chance of passing Riggins in the next year or two. Portis’ best season so far in Washington was 2005, when he rushed for 1516 yards with 11 TDs, and added 30 catches for 216 yards as well.
Larry Brown (5875)—This isn’t the basketball coach Larry Brown, but instead the Redskins’ running back who played for them from 1969 to 1975 and ranks third in team history with 5875 rushing yards. Brown’s best season was 1972, one of two first-team All-Pro years he had. That year, Brown rushed for a career high 1216 yards with 8 touchdowns (tied career high), adding 32 catches for 473 yards and 4 more TDs as a receiver.
Stephen Davis (5790)—Stephen Davis played for the Redskins from 1996 to 2002 and ranks fourth in franchise history with 5790 rushing yards. Davis had his best season with the Redskins in 1999, when he went to the Pro Bowl with 1405 rushing yards, career high 17 rushing touchdowns and 111 receiving yards.
Terry Allen (4086)—Terry Allen played for a few teams during his career but had the most success in a Redskins’ uniform. Allen played in Washington from 1995 to 1998 and ranks fifth in their history with 4086 rushing yards. Allen had his best season in 1996 when he went to the Pro Bowl for the only time, racking up career highs in rushing yards (1353) and rushing touchdowns (21), along with 32 receptions for 194 yards out of the backfield.
Earnest Byner (3950)—Though Earnest Byner played most of his career in Cleveland, he had some of his best seasons in Washington, where he played from 1989 to 1993. Byner ranks sixth in Redskins’ history with 3950 rushing yards, and had his best season in 1990 when he went to the Pro Bowl. That year, Byner rushed for a career high 1219 yards with 6 rushing TDs, adding 31 catches for 279 yards and 1 more receiving touchdown.
Cliff Battles (3511)—Cliff Battles played for Washington from 1932 to 1937, which meant a few seasons that this team was based in Boston. Battles ranks seventh in franchise history with 3511 rushing yards, and his best season was 1937 when he had a career best 874 yards with 5 touchdowns, as well as 9 catches for 81 yards and one more TD out of the backfield.
Mike Thomas (3359)—Mike Thomas played for the Redskins from 1975 to 1978 and ranks eighth in team history with 3359 rushing yards. Thomas had his lone Pro Bowl season in 1976, when he had career highs in rushing yards (1101) and rushing touchdowns (5), adding 290 yards and 4 TDs as a receiver.
Don Bosseler (3112)—Don Bosseler played for the Redskins from 1957 to 1964 (his entire career) and ranks ninth in their history with 3112 rushing yards. Bosseler was a fullback, and had his best season in 1957 with career best numbers in rushing yards (673) and touchdowns (7).
Ladell Betts (2937)—Ladell Betts has been mostly a backup to Clinton Portis during his tenure with the Redskins, his only team, since 2002. Betts does, however rank tenth in franchise history with 2937 rushing yards. Betts had his best season so far in 2006, when he started 9 games and rushed for career highs in yards (1154) and rushing touchdowns (4), adding 53 catches for 445 yards and one receiving TD.