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AFL/NFL 1,000 Yard Rushers State by State Rank: Installment 2

Updated on November 27, 2014
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Larry Rankin analyzes sports, with an especially strong penchant for statistical breakdowns.

Installment 2 of this database gives detailed lists of 1,000 yard rushers born in states ranking between 6-10 on the per capita scale.

For those of you more interested in an overview of state by state per capita rankings and overall production ranking for all states with 1,000 yard rushers, a link to an overview in installment 1 can be found in the text box to your right.

For those of you interested in other installments for 1,000 yard rushers, links can also be found in the text box to your right and at the end of this installment.

For those of you interested in other state by state rankings, links can be found by clicking on the Larry Rankin profile in the top right-hand corner of this page or via links at the bottom of this page.

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6. Florida

Per Capita Score: 348

1,000 Yard Rushing Performances: 68

Florida’s 68 thousand yard performances is second in number only to Texas. The number of great backs to come out of Florida is quite daunting, but Emmitt Smith’s statistical career stands above all others. Smith has NFL records for thousand yard seasons, 11, rushing yards, 18,355, and rushing touchdowns, 164, just to name a few.

Obscure State: Edgerrin James had a brilliant career, with over 12,000 yards rushing, but he has one distinction which is not quite so awe inspiring. His longest run in 2006 was just 18 yards, the shortest longest run of any back to ever go over 1,000 yards.

Obscure State: Ottis Anderson, another brilliant back out of Florida with over 10,000 career rushing yards, also has a dubious distinction. His 3.1 yards a carry in 1989 is the lowest average per carry ever recorded for a back finishing a season with over 1,000 yards.

Florida 1,000 Yard Rushing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Car
Avg
TD
Lg
2009 Ten Titans
Chris Johnson
RB
2,006
358
5.6
14
91
1995 Dal Cowboys
Emmitt Smith
RB
1,773
377
4.7
25
60
1992 Dal Cowboys
Emmitt Smith
RB
1,713
373
4.6
18
68
2000 Ind Colts
Edgerrin James
RB
1,709
387
4.4
13
30
2006 SF 49ers
Frank Gore
RB
1,695
312
5.4
8
72
2012 Was Redskins
Alfred Morris
RB
1,613
335
4.8
13
39
1979 Stl Cardinals
Ottis Anderson
RB
1,605
331
4.8
8
76
2003 Jax Jaguars
Fred Taylor
RB
1,572
345
4.6
6
62
1991 Dal Cowboys
Emmitt Smith
RB
1,563
365
4.3
12
75
1999 Ind Colts
Edgerrin James
RB
1,553
369
4.2
13
72
2004 Ind Colts
Edgerrin James
RB
1,548
334
4.6
9
40
2005 Ind Colts
Edgerrin James
RB
1,506
360
4.2
13
33
1993 Dal Cowboys
Emmitt Smith
RB
1,486
283
5.3
9
62
1994 Dal Cowboys
Emmitt Smith
RB
1,484
368
4.0
21
46
2002 Buf Bills
Travis Henry
RB
1,438
325
4.4
13
34
2000 Jax Jaguars
Fred Taylor
RB
1,399
292
4.8
12
71
1999 Dal Cowboys
Emmitt Smith
RB
1,397
329
4.2
11
63
1981 Stl Cardinals
Ottis Anderson
RB
1,376
328
4.2
9
28
2010 Ten Titans
Chris Johnson
RB
1,364
316
4.3
11
76
2003 Buf Bills
Travis Henry
RB
1,356
331
4.1
10
64
1980 Stl Cardinals
Ottis Anderson
RB
1,352
301
4.5
9
52
1998 Dal Cowboys
Emmitt Smith
RB
1,332
319
4.2
13
32
2002 Jax Jaguars
Fred Taylor
RB
1,314
287
4.6
8
62
1989 Chi Bears
Neal Anderson
RB
1,275
274
4.7
11
73
2013 Was Redskins
Alfred Morris
RB
1,275
276
4.6
7
45
1999 Phil Eagles
Duce Staley
RB
1,273
325
3.9
4
29
1983 Stl Cardinals
Ottis Anderson
RB
1,270
296
4.3
5
43
2003 Ind Colts
Edgerrin James
RB
1,259
310
4.1
11
43
2005 Buf Bills
Willis McGahee
RB
1,247
325
3.8
5
27
2012 Buf Bills
C.J. Spiller
RB
1,244
207
6.0
6
62
2012 Ten Titans
Chris Johnson
RB
1,243
276
4.5
6
94
2008 Ten Titans
Chris Johnson
RB
1,228
251
4.9
9
66
1992 Hou Oilers
Lorenzo White
RB
1.226
265
4.6
7
44
2004 Jax Jaguars
Fred Taylor
RB
1,224
260
4.7
2
46
1998 Jax Jaguars
Fred Taylor
RB
1,223
264
4.6
14
77
2007 Ari Cardinals
Edgerrin James
RB
1,222
324
3.8
7
27
2012 SF 49ers
Frank Gore
RB
1,214
258
4.7
8
37
2011 SF 49ers
Frank Gore
RB
1,211
282
4.3
8
55
2006 Ten Titans
Travis Henry
RB
1,211
270
4.5
7
70
2007 Bal Ravens
Willis McGahee
RB
1,207
294
4.1
7
46
1995 TB Bucs
Errict Rhett
RB
1,207
332
3.6
11
21
1996 Dal Cowboys
Emmitt Smith
RB
1,204
327
3.7
12
42
2000 Dal Cowboys
Emmitt Smith
RB
1,203
294
4.1
9
52
2007 Jax Jaguars
Fred Taylor
RB
1,202
223
5.4
5
80
2011 Den Broncos
Willis McGahee
RB
1,199
249
4.8
4
60
1984 Stl Caridinals
Ottis Anderson
RB
1,174
289
4.1
6
24
2006 Ari Cardinals
Edgerrin James
RB
1,159
337
3.4
6
18
2006 Jax Jaguars
Fred Taylor
RB
1,146
231
5.0
5
76
2013 SF 49ers
Frank Gore
RB
1,128
276
4.1
9
51
2004 Buf Bills
Willis McGahee
RB
1,128
284
4.0
13
41
1956 Chi Bears
Rick Casares
FB
1,126
234
4.8
12
68
1992 LA Rams
Cleveland Gary
RB
1,125
279
4.0
7
63
2009 SF 49ers
Frank Gore
RB
1,120
229
4.9
10
80
1988 Chi Bears
Neal Anderson
RB
1,106
249
4.4
12
80
2007 SF 49ers
Frank Gore
RB
1,102
260
4.2
5
43
1990 Chi Bears
Neal Anderson
RB
1,078
260
4.1
10
52
2013 Ten Titans
Chris Johnson
RB
1,077
279
3.9
6
30
1997 Dal Cowboys
Emmitt Smith
RB
1,074
261
4.1
4
44
1995 GB Packers
Edgar Bennett
FB
1,067
316
3.4
3
23
1998 Phi Eagles
Duce Staley
RB
1,065
258
4.1
5
64
1983 NE Patriots
Tony Collins
RB
1,049
219
4.8
10
50
2011 Ten Titans
Chris Johnson
RB
1,047
262
4.0
4
48
2008 SF 49ers
Frank Gore
RB
1,036
240
4.3
6
41
2002 Phi Eagles
Duce Staley
RB
1,029
269
3.8
5
57
1989 NY Giants
Ottis Anderson
RB
1,023
325
3.1
14
36
2001 Dal Cowboys
Emmitt Smith
RB
1,021
261
3.9
3
44
1994 TB Bucs
Errict Rhett
RB
1,011
284
3.6
7
27
2010 TB Bucs
LeGarrette Blount
RB
1,007
201
5.0
6
53
Source

7. Arkansas

Per Capita Score: 338

1,000 Yard Rushing Performances: 10

Arkansas is a good example of a low population state that has consistently produced athletes on an elite level. Although Arkansas has no running backs to achieve exceptional career milestones, they have a number of backs that performed well throughout their careers, most notably Priest Holmes.

Obscure State: Peyton Hillis, in 2010, was the last Caucasian to rush for over 1,000 yards, and is the only white back to have surpassed the mark in almost 30 years.

Arkansas 1,000 Yard Rushing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Car
Avg
TD
Lg
2002 KC Chiefs
Priest Holmes
RB
1,615
313
5.2
21
56
2001 KC Chiefs
Priest Holmes
RB
1,555
327
4.8
8
41
2008 Car Panthers
DeAngelo Williams
RB
1,515
273
5.5
18
69
2003 KC Chiefs
Priest Holmes
RB
1,420
320
4.4
27
31
2010 Cle Browns
Peyton Hillis
RB
1,177
270
4.4
11
48
2010 Oak Raiders
Darren McFadden
RB
1,157
223
5.2
7
57
2009 Car Panthers
DeAngelo Williams
RB
1,117
216
5.2
7
77
1954 SF 49ers
Joe Perry
FB
1,049
173
6.1
8
58
1953 SF 49ers
Joe Perry
FB
1,018
192
5.3
10
51
1998 Bal Ravens
Priest Holmes
RB
1,008
233
4.3
7
56
Source

8. Nevada

Per Capita Score: 323

1,000 Yard Rushing Performances: 9

Nevada makes the state by state list for the first time with running backs Steven Jackson and DeMarco Murray. Jackson has had a stellar career, with over 10,000 career rushing yards. Murray is at the beginning of what looks to be a promising career.

Both Jackson and Murray are still active in the NFL, so with its low population, expect Nevada to be climbing this list for the foreseeable future.

Nevada 1,000 Yard Rushing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Car
Avg
TD
Lg
2006 Stl Rams
Steven Jackson
RB
1,528
346
4.4
13
59
2009 Stl Rams
Steven Jackson
RB
1,416
324
4.4
4
58
2010 Stl Rams
Steven Jackson
RB
1,241
330
3.8
6
42
2011 Stl Rams
Steven Jackson
RB
1,145
260
4.4
5
47
2013 Dal Cowboys
DeMarco Murray
RB
1,121
217
5.2
9
43
2005 Stl Rams
Steven Jackson
RB
1,046
254
4.1
8
51
2012 STL Rams
Steven Jackson
RB
1,042
257
4.1
4
46
2008 Stl Rams
Steven Jackson
RB
1,042
253
4.1
7
56
2007 Stl Rams
Steven Jackson
RB
1,002
237
4.2
5
54
Source

9. Nebraska

Per Capita Score: 321

1,000 Yard Rushing Performances: 6

With one solid back, Ahman Green, and a population of less than 2 million, Nebraska comes in ninth on our per capita rushing list.

Nebraska 1,000 Yard Rushing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Car
Avg
TD
Lg
2003 GB Packers
Ahman Green
RB
1,883
355
5.3
15
98
2001 GB Packers
Ahman Green
RB
1,387
304
4.6
9
83
2002 GB Packers
Ahman Green
RB
1,240
286
4.3
7
43
2000 GB Packers
Ahman Green
RB
1,175
263
4.5
10
39
2004 GB Packers
Ahman Green
RB
1,163
259
4.5
7
90
2006 GB Packers
Ahman Green
RB
1,059
266
4.0
5
70
Source

10. Texas

Per Capita Score: 280

1,000 Yard Rushing Performances: 74

Texas finishes the top 10 in our per capita rushing list. Texas’s 74 career 1,000 yard performances is by far the most of any state. The all-time great backs from Texas are many: Eric Dickerson, LaDanian Tomlinson, Earl Campbell, and Adrian Peterson, just to name a few.

Texas has also produced the top 2 single season rushing performances: Eric Dickerson’s 2,105 yards in 1984 and Adrian Peterson’s 2,097 yards in 2012.

Texas 1,000 Yard Rushing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Car
Avg
TD
Lg
1984 LA Rams
Eric Dickerson
RB
2,105
379
5.6
14
66
2012 Min Vikings
Adrian Peterson
RB
2,097
348
6.0
12
82
1980 Hou Oilers
Earl Campbell
RB
1,934
373
5.2
13
55
1986 LA Rams
Eric Dickerson
RB
1,821
404
4.5
11
42
2006 SD Chargers
LaDainian Tomlinson
RB
1,815
348
5.2
28
85
1983 LA Rams
Eric Dickerson
RB
1,808
390
4.6
18
85
2008 Min Vikings
Adrian Peterson
RB
1,760
363
4.8
10
67
1979 Hou Oilers
Earl Campbell
RB
1,697
368
4.6
19
61
1992 Pit Steelers
Barry Foster
RB
1,690
390
4.3
11
69
2002 SD Chargers
LaDainian Tomlinson
RB
1,683
372
4.5
14
76
1988 Ind Colts
Eric Dickerson
RB
1,659
388
4.3
14
41
2003 SD Chargers
LaDainian Tomlinson
RB
1,645
313
5.3
13
73
2012 KC Chiefs
Jamaal Charles
RB
1,509
285
5.3
5
91
1992 Buf Bills
Thurman Thomas
RB
1,487
312
4.8
9
44
2007 SD Chargers
LaDainian Tomlinson
RB
1,474
315
4.7
15
49
2010 KC Chiefs
Jamaal Charles
RB
1,467
230
6.4
5
80
2005 SD Chargers
LaDainian Tomlinson
RB
1,462
339
4.3
16
82
1978 Hou Oilers
Earl Campbell
RB
1,450
302
4.8
13
81
1991 Buf Bills
Thurman Thomas
RB
1,407
288
4.9
7
33
2009 Min Vikings
Adrian Peterson
RB
1,383
314
4.4
18
64
1981 Hou Oilers
Earl Campbell
RB
1,376
361
3.8
10
43
2007 Min Vikings
Adrian Peterson
RB
1,341
238
5.6
12
73
2004 SD Chargers
LaDainian Tomlinson
RB
1,335
339
3.9
17
42
1993 Buf Bills
Thurman Thomas
RB
1,315
355
3.7
6
27
1989 Ind Colts
Eric Dickerson
RB
1,311
314
4.2
7
21
1983 Hou Oilers
Earl Campbell
RB
1,301
322
4.0
12
42
2010 Min Vikings
Adrian Peterson
RB
1,298
283
4.6
12
80
1990 Buf Bills
Thurman Thomas
RB
1,297
271
4.8
11
80
1987 Rams/Colts
Eric Dickerson
RB
1,288
283
4.6
6
57
2013 KC Chiefs
Jamaal Charles
RB
1,287
259
5.0
12
46
2013 Min Vikings
Adrian Peterson
RB
1,266
279
4.5
10
78
1979 TB Bucs
Ricky Bell
FB
1,263
283
4.5
7
49
1978 Mia Dolphins
Delvin Williams
RB
1,258
272
4.6
8
58
2009 Cin Bengals
Cedric Benson
RB
1,251
301
4.2
6
42
1989 Buf Bills
Thurman Thomas
RB
1,244
298
4.2
6
38
1977 LA Rams
Lawrence McCutcheon
RB
1,238
294
4.2
7
48
2001 SD Chargers
LaDanian Tomlinson
RB
1,236
339
3.6
10
54
1985 LA Rams
Eric Dickerson
RB
1,234
292
4.2
12
43
1985 NE Patriots
Craig James
FB
1,227
263
4.7
5
65
1976 SF 49ers
Delvin Williams
RB
1,203
248
4.9
7
80
1993 Atl Falcons
Erric Pegram
RB
1,185
292
4.1
3
29
1995 NY Giants
Rodney Hampton
RB
1,182
306
3.9
10
32
1984 SD Chargers
Earnest Jackson
RB
1,179
296
4.0
8
32
1976 LA Rams
Lawrence McCutcheon
RB
1,168
291
4.0
9
40
1974 SD Chargers
Don Woods
RB
1,162
227
5.1
7
56
1992 NY Giants
Rodney Hampton
RB
1,141
257
4.4
14
63
1983 Bal Colts
Curtis Dickey
RB
1,122
254
4.4
4
56
1981 KC Chiefs
Joe Delaney
RB
1,121
234
4.8
3
82
2009 KC Chiefs
Jamaal Charles
RB
1,120
190
5.9
7
76
1995 Oak Raiders
Harvey Williams
RB
1,114
255
4.4
9
60
2010 Cin Bengals
Cedric Benson
RB
1,111
321
3.5
7
26
2008 SD Chargers
LaDainian Tomlinson
RB
1,110
292
3.8
11
45
1974 LA Rams
Lawrence McCutcheon
RB
1,109
236
4.7
3
23
2001 Ind Colts
Dominic Rhodes
RB
1,104
233
4.7
9
77
1976 Was Redskins
Mike Thomas
RB
1,101
254
4.3
5
28
1963 Oak Raiders
Clem Daniels
RB
1,099
215
5.1
3
74
1973 LA Rams
Lawerence McCutcheon
RB
1,097
210
5.2
2
37
1994 Buf Bills
Thurman Thomas
RB
1,093
287
3.8
7
29
1977 Cle Browns
Greg Pruitt
RB
1,086
236
4.6
3
78
2006 Ind Colts
Joseph Addai
RB
1,081
226
4.8
7
41
1993 NY Giants
Rodney Hampton
RB
1,077
292
3.7
5
20
1994 NY Giants
Rodney Hampton
RB
1,075
327
3.3
6
27
2007 Ind Colts
Joseph Addai
RB
1,072
261
4.1
12
23
2011 Cin Bengals
Cedric Benson
RB
1,067
273
3.9
6
42
1975 Cle Browns
Greg Pruitt
RB
1,067
217
4.9
8
50
2009 Buf Bills
Fred Jackson
RB
1,062
237
4.5
2
43
1991 NY Giants
Rodney Hampton
RB
1,059
256
4.1
10
44
1962 Dal Texans
Abner Haynes
RB
1,049
221
4.7
13
71
1996 Buf Bills
Thurman Thomas
RB
1,033
281
3.7
8
36
1985 Phi Eagles
Earnest Jackson
RB
1,028
282
3.6
5
59
2006 Den Broncos
Tatum Bell
RB
1,025
233
4.4
2
51
1995 Buf Bills
Thurman Thomas
RB
1,005
267
3.8
6
49
1971 LA Rams
Willie Ellison
RB
1,000
211
4.7
4
80
1976 Cle Browns
Greg Pruitt
RB
1,000
209
4.8
4
64

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