Baltimore Ravens’ All-Time Rushing Yardage Leaders
The Baltimore Ravens were the team that moved from Cleveland after the 1995 season, much to the dismay of what seemed like a zillion angry Browns’ fans. The Browns returned as an expansion team in 1999, and while that was a new franchise, the record books assume it’s the same team with three years off, instead of calling this Ravens’ franchise the new Browns. So the Ravens are the expansion team in record books, basically, and while this has always been a team built on defense, they have had some great running backs too, including this list of the Ravens’ all-time Top 5 in rushing yards:
Jamal Lewis (7801)—Jamal Lewis has been bowling over defenders since coming into the league in 2000, and he spent the first six years of his career in Baltimore. Lewis is the Ravens’ all-time leading rusher with 7801 yards and he made first team All-Pro in 2003 when rushing for a career high 2066 yards, which ranks second for a single season in NFL history. That season, Lewis also had a career best 14 rushing touchdowns, and added 26 catches for another 205 yards out of the backfield. Ironically, Lewis now plays for the Cleveland Browns as I write this in 2009.
Willis McGahee (1878)—Willis McGahee began his career in Buffalo and despite being a constant injury risk, has played two seasons in Baltimore, 2007 and 2008, and already ranks second in Ravens’ history with 1878 rushing yards. In 2007, McGahee made the Pro Bowl by rushing for 1207 yards and 7 rushing scores, adding 43 receptions for 231 yards as a receiver as well.
Priest Holmes (2102)—Yes, Priest Holmes had a career before Kansas City. He began that career with the Ravens and played in Baltimore from 1997 to 2000. Holmes didn’t start many games for the Ravens, but does rank third in franchise history with 2102 rushing yards. His best season in Baltimore was 1998, when he rushed for 1008 yards with 7 TDs, and added 43 catches for another 260 yards as well.
Bam Morris (1511)—Though he only played in Baltimore for two seasons, 1996 and 1997, Bam Morris ranks fourth in Ravens’ team history with 1511 rushing yards. Morris’s best season for the Ravens was 1997, when he rushed for 774 yards with 4 rushing touchdowns, adding 29 receptions for 176 yards out of the backfield.
Chester Taylor (1599)—Chester Taylor began his career in Baltimore and played there from 2002 to 2005. Taylor ranks fifth in franchise history with 1599 rushing yards, and his best season in a Ravens’ uniform was 2004, when he rushed for 714 yards and 2 rushing scores, adding 30 catches for 184 yards as a receiver.