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AFL/NFL 1,000 Yard Rushers State by State Rank: Installment 3

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

Installment 3 of this database gives detailed lists of 1,000 yard rushers born in states ranking between 11-20 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.

References:

The following database was compiled using NFL.com, Profootballreference.com, and Wikipedia for reference.

If you find any information to be inaccurate in any way, not only would the author not mind your comments, he would appreciate them.

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11. Virginia

Per Capita Score: 266

1,000 Yard Rushing Performances: 22

Virginia has had a number of great backs over the years. Tiki Barber leads the way in career performance with 6 thousand yard seasons, over 10,000 career rushing yards, and is one of just a few backs to rush for over 10,000 career yards and receive for over 5,000.

Obscure Stats: Michael Vick is the only quarterback to ever rush for over 1,000 yards, with 1,039 yards in 2006. Vick also has the record for average yards a carry for a “back” going over 1,000 yards at 8.447 yards a carry.

Obscure Stats: Beattie Feathers rushing performance in 1934 is distinguishable for two reasons. It is the first time in recorded professional football history that a back went over 1,000 yards and his 119 carries got him to 1,000 yards in less attempts than any player to date. His 8.437 yards a carry falls just short of Michael Vick for highest yards per carry average for a 1,000 yard rusher.

Virginia 1,000 Yard Rushing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Car
Avg
TD
Lg
2005 NY Giants
Tiki Barber
RB
1,860
357
5.2
9
95
2006 NY Giants
Tiki Barber
RB
1,662
327
5.1
5
55
2004 NY Giants
Tiki Barber
RB
1,518
322
4.7
13
72
2005 Cin Bengals
Rudi Johnson
RB
1,458
337
4.3
12
33
2004 Cin Bengals
Rudi Johnson
RB
1,454
361
4.0
12
52
2009 NY Jets
Thomas Jones
RB
1,402
331
4.2
14
71
2002 NY Giants
Tiki Barber
RB
1,387
304
4.6
11
70
2005 Chi Bears
Thomas Jones
RB
1,335
339
3.9
9
42
2008 NY Jets
Thomas Jones
RB
1,312
290
4.5
13
59
2006 Cin Bengals
Rudi Johnson
RB
1,309
341
3.8
12
22
2010 NY Giants
Ahmad Bradshaw
RB
1,235
276
4.5
8
48
1999 SF 49ers
Charlie Garner
RB
1,229
241
5.1
4
53
2003 NY Giants
Tiki Barber
RB
1,216
278
4.4
2
27
2006 Chi Bears
Thomas Jones
RB
1,210
296
4.1
6
30
2000 SF 49ers
Charlie Garner
RB
1,142
258
4.4
7
42
2007 NY Jets
Thomas Jones
RB
1,119
310
3.6
1
36
2006 Dal Cowboys
Julius Jones
RB
1,084
267
4.1
4
77
2006 Atl Falcons
Michael Vick
QB
1,039
123
8.4
2
51
2012 NY Giants
Ahmad Bradshaw
RB
1,015
221
4.6
6
37
1990 KC Chiefs
Barry Word
RB
1,015
204
5.0
4
53
2000 NY Giants
Tiki Barber
RB
1,006
213
4.7
8
78
1934 Chi Bears
Beattie Feathers
RB
1,004
119
8.4
8
82
Source

12. West Virginia

Per Capita Score: 216

1,000 Yard Rushing Performances: 4

Curt Warner for the Seahawks, not to be confused with Kurt Warner the quarterback, was a quality running back during the 1980s. His 4 thousand yard performances is enough to get sparsely populated West Virginia to 12th on our per capita rushing list.

West Virginia 1,000 Yard Rushing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Car
Avg
TD
Lg
1986 Sea Seahawks
Curt Warner
RB
1,481
319
4.6
13
60
1983 Sea Seahawks
Curt Warner
RB
1,449
335
4.3
13
60
1985 Sea Seahawks
Curt Warner
RB
1,094
291
3.8
8
38
1988 Sea Seahawks
Curt Warner
RB
1,025
266
3.9
10
29
Source

13. New Jersey

Per Capita Score: 180

1,000 Yard Rushing Performances: 16

Franco Harris, with over 12,000 career yards and 8 career thousand yard rushing performances, is one of the best backs to ever play the game. Also of note, he was able to achieve these feats spending the majority of his career at fullback.

New Jersey 1,000 Yard Rushing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Car
Avg
TD
Lg
1975 Pit Steelers
Franco Harris
FB
1,246
262
4.8
10
36
1976 Bal Colts
Lydell Mitchell
RB
1,200
289
4.2
5
43
1975 Bal Colts
Lydell Mitchell
RB
1,193
289
4.1
11
70
1979 Pit Steelers
Franco Harris
FB
1,186
267
4.4
11
71
1977 Pit Steelers
Franco Harris
FB
1,162
300
3.9
11
61
1977 Bal Colts
Lydell Mitchell
RB
1,159
301
3.9
3
64
1976 Pit Steelers
Franco Harris
FB
1,128
289
3.9
14
30
1995 Atl Falcons
Craig Heyward
RB
1,083
236
4.6
6
31
1978 Pit Steelers
Franco Harris
FB
1,082
310
3.5
8
37
2012 NY Jets
Shonn Greene
RB
1,063
276
3.9
8
36
1972 Pit Steelers
Franco Harris
RB
1,055
188
5.6
10
75
2011 NY Jets
Shonn Greene
RB
1,054
253
4.2
6
31
2013 Den Broncos
Knowshon Moreno
RB
1,038
241
4.3
10
31
1981 Pit Steelers
Franco Harris
FB
1,007
279
3.6
5
19
1974 Pit Steelers
Franco Harris
FB
1,006
208
4.8
5
54
1988 Hou Oilers
Mike Rozier
RB
1,002
251
4.0
10
28
Source

14. Maryland

Per Capita Score: 169

1,000 Yard Rushing Performances: 10

Chris Warren and Chuck Foreman were both elite backs during their respective eras. Though Foreman spent much of his illustrious career at fullback, his best seasons were spent as the primary ball carrier.

Maryland 1,000 Rushing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Car
Avg
TD
Lg
1994 Sea Seahawks
Chris Warren
RB
1,545
333
4.6
9
41
1995 Sea Seahawks
Chris Warren
RB
1,346
310
4.3
15
52
1976 Min Vikings
Chuck Foreman
RB
1,155
278
4.2
13
46
1973 Dal Cowboys
Calvin Hill
RB
1,142
273
4.2
6
21
1977 Min Vikings
Chuck Foreman
RB
1,112
270
4.1
6
51
1993 Sea Seahawks
Chris Warren
RB
1,072
273
3.9
7
45
1975 Min Vikings
Chuck Foreman
RB
1,070
280
3.8
13
31
1972 Dal Cowboys
Calvin Hill
RB
1,036
245
4.2
6
26
2005 Oak Raiders
LaMont Jordan
RB
1,025
272
3.8
9
26
1992 Sea Seahawks
Chris Warren
RB
1,017
223
4.6
3
52
Source

15. South Carolina

Per Capita Score: 168

1,000 Yard Rushing Performances: 8

Stephen Davis, a back during the late 1990s and early 2000s, is the primary contributor to South Carolina’s list of 1,000 yard rushers.

South Carolina 1,000 Yard Rushing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Car
Avg
TD
Lg
2000 Den Broncos
Mike Anderson
RB
1,487
297
5.0
15
80
2003 Car Panthers
Stephen Davis
RB
1,444
318
4.5
8
40
2001 Was Redskins
Stephen Davis
RB
1,432
356
4.0
5
32
1999 Was Redskins
Stephen Davis
RB
1,405
290
4.8
17
76
2000 Was Redskins
Stephen Davis
RB
1,318
332
4.0
11
50
1992 Cin Bengals
Harold Green
RB
1,170
265
4.4
2
53
1959 SF 49ers
J.D. Smith
RB
1,036
207
5.0
10
73
2005 Den Broncos
Mike Anderson
RB
1,014
239
4.2
12
44
Source

16. Alabama

Per Capita Score: 166

1,000 Yard Rushing Performances: 8

Joe Cribbs, with 3 thousand yard performances, had a nice career during the early 80s. Bobby Humphrey had a very promising start to his career, but contract disputes and injuries led to his early departure from the league.

Alabama 1,000 Yard Rushing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Car
Avg
TD
Lg
1990 Den Broncos
Bobby Humphrey
RB
1,202
288
4.2
7
37
1980 Buff Bills
Joe Cribbs
RB
1,185
306
3.9
11
48
2005 TB Bucs
Cadillac Williams
RB
1,178
290
4.1
6
71
2001 NE Patriots
Antowain Smith
RB
1,157
287
4.0
12
44
1989 Den Broncos
Bobby Humphrey
RB
1,151
294
3.9
7
40
1983 Buf Bills
Joe Cribbs
RB
1,131
263
4.3
3
45
1998 Buf Bills
Antowain Smith
RB
1,124
300
3.7
8
30
1981 Buf Bills
Joe Cribbs
RB
1,097
257
4.3
3
35
Source

17. Michigan

Per Capita Score: 152

1,000 Yard Rushing Performances: 15

Jerome Bettis, the Bus, was a large, grinding back who had a long and distinguished career. His 8 thousand yard seasons tops the list of backs from Michigan.

James Brooks was a dynamic back who wore many hats with the Bengals. Though he didn’t carry the ball 300 times a season, he was elusive and often averaged more than 5 yards a carry.

Michigan 1,000 Yard Rushing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Car
Avg
TD
Lg
1997 Pit Steelers
Jerome Bettis
RB
1,665
375
4.4
7
34
1996 Pit Steelers
Jerome Bettis
RB
1,431
320
4.5
11
50
1993 LA Rams
Jerome Bettis
RB
1,429
294
4.9
7
71
2000 Pit Steelers
Jerome Bettis
RB
1,341
355
3.8
8
30
1989 Cin Bengals
James Brooks
RB
1,239
221
5.6
7
65
2006 Min Vikings
Chester Taylor
RB
1,216
303
4.0
6
95
1998 Pit Steelers
Jerome Bettis
RB
1,185
316
3.8
3
42
1972 NY Giants
Ron Johnson
RB
1.182
298
4.0
9
35
1999 Pit Steelers
Jerome Bettis
RB
1,091
299
3.6
7
35
1986 Cin Bengals
James Brooks
RB
1,087
205
5.3
5
56
2001 Pit Steelers
Jerome Bettis
RB
1,072
225
4.8
4
48
2000 Oak Raiders
Tyrone Wheatley
RB
1,046
232
4.5
9
80
1970 NY Giants
Ron Johnson
RB
1,027
263
3.9
8
68
1994 LA Rams
Jerome Bettis
RB
1,025
319
3.2
3
19
1990 Cin Bengals
James Brooks
RB
1,004
195
5.1
5
56
Source

18. Missouri

Per Capita Score: 132.4

1,000 Yard Rushing Performances: 8

Coming in at 18th on our per capita rushing list is Missouri. Though they had short-lived careers at the elite level, Billy Sims and James Wilder were tremendous athletes.

Not only did Wilder carry the ball 407 times for the 1984 Buccaneers, he caught the ball 85 times that same season. Overuse of Wilder by the Bucs is probably a contributing factor to his reduced effectiveness later in his career.

Billy Sims was a Heisman Trophy winner and first round pick who excelled for the Lions for 3 years, but injuries led to his early departure from the league.

Missouri 1,000 Yard Rushing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Car
Avg
TD
Lg
1984 TB Bucs
James Wilder
RB
1,544
407
3.8
13
37
1981 Det Lions
Billy Sims
RB
1,437
296
4.9
13
51
1980 Det Lions
Billy Sims
RB
1,303
313
4.2
13
52
1985 TB Bucs
James Wilder
RB
1,300
365
3.6
10
28
1997 Oak Raiders
Napoleon Kaufman
RB
1,294
272
4.8
6
83
2006 Was Redskins
Ladell Betts
RB
1,154
245
4.7
4
26
1988 SD Chargers
Gary Anderson
RB
1,119
225
5.0
3
36
1983 Det Lions
Billy Sims
RB
1,040
220
4.7
7
41
Source

19. North Carolina

Per Capita Score: 132

1,000 Yard Rushing Performances: 13

Little Joe Morris, at 5’6”, is among the smallest backs in stature to break the 1,000 yard mark. Though he had a distinguished career with the giants, his small size and hardnosed running style contributed to a short career.

North Carolina 1,000 Yard Rushing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Car
Avg
TD
Lg
1986 NY Giants
Joe Morris
RB
1,516
341
4.4
14
54
2006 Pit Steelers
Willie Parker
RB
1,494
337
4.4
13
76
1994 SD Chargers
Natrone Means
RB
1,350
343
3.9
12
25
1985 NY Giants
Joe Morris
RB
1,336
294
4.5
21
65
2007 Pit Steelers
Willie Parker
RB
1,316
321
4.1
2
32
1996 NY Jets
Adrian Murrell
RB
1,249
301
4.1
6
78
2005 Pit Steelers
Willie Parker
RB
1,202
255
4.7
4
80
1985 Cle Browns
Kevin Mack
FB
1,104
222
5.0
7
61
1997 NY Jets
Adrian Murrell
RB
1,086
300
3.6
7
43
1988 NY Giants
Joe Morris
RB
1,083
307
3.5
5
27
1981 Min Vikings
Ted Brown
FB
1,063
274
3.9
6
34
1998 Ari Cardinals
Adrian Murrell
RB
1,042
274
3.8
8
32
1988 Atl Falcons
John Settle
FB
1,024
232
4.4
7
62
Source

20. Oklahoma

Per Capita Score: 130

1,000 Yard Rushing Performances: 5

Oklahoma has produced a lot of great athletes over the years, especially on the per capita scale, but at running back on the professional level, there hasn’t been much.

The most notable name on this list is probably Steve Owens, but more for his college career at OU than his professional accolades. At OU he won a Heisman Trophy, but in the NFL his career was less exceptional.

Oklahoma 1,000 Yard Rushing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Car
Avg
TD
Lg
1947 NY Yankees
Spec Sanders
RB
1,432
231
6.2
18
62
2000 Chi Bears
James Allen
RB
1,120
290
3.9
2
29
1993 Was Redskins
Reggie Brooks
RB
1,063
223
4.8
3
85
1971 Det Lions
Steve Owens
FB
1,035
246
4.2
8
23
1993 Pho Cardinals
Ronald Moore
RB
1,018
263
3.9
9
20

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    • Larry Rankin profile image
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      Larry Rankin 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Washington isn't known for producing football talent, but they've had their bright spots. Corey Dillon ran for 1,000 yards 8 times in his career and is an 11,000 yard career rusher. Washington is toward the top of installment 4.

      John Elway is from Washington, a Hall of Famer and one of the greatest QBs of all time. He isn't on this rushing database, but he's on the Hall of Famer database and will be on some of the QB databases that are yet to come.

      Thanks so much for dropping by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I always enjoy lists like these. I don't see WAshington on the list, nor did I expect to. :)