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Oakland Raiders’ All-Time Rushing Yardage Leaders
Mark van Eeghen
The Oakland Raiders began in the AFL and have mostly been competitive in the Super Bowl era, reaching the big game five times and winning three of those titles. Though they are a West Coast team, the Raiders have had some of the elements of the East Coast teams with solid defense and good running games. What follows is a list of the Raiders’ all-time Top 10 in rushing yards:
Marcus Allen (8545)—Marcus Allen was one of the most popular Raiders of all-time and for good reason. He was one of the NFL’s best running backs during his tenure with the team from 1982 to 1992. Allen made the Pro Bowl five times, including a first team All Pro selection in 1985, and helped them win it all after the 1983 season. Allen ranks first in Raiders’ history with 8545 rushing yards and his best season was 1985, when he rushed for a career high 1759 yards with 11 rushing touchdowns, adding 67 catches for 555 yards and 3 more scores out of the backfield. The 2314 yards from scrimmage that year rank Allen seventh in NFL history for a single season.
Mark van Eeghen (5907)—Mark van Eeghen played most of his career in Oakland, from 1974 to 1981. Though he was a fullback, van Eeghen piled up nice yardage and ranks second in team history with 5907 rushing yards. His best season in Oakland was 1977, when van Eeghen rushed for a career best 1273 yards with 7 rushing TDs, and added 15 catches for 135 yards as well.
Clem Daniels (5103)—Clem Daniels played for the Raiders from 1961 to 1967 and ranks third in franchise history with his 5103 rushing yards. Daniels made the Pro Bowl four times, including twice as a first team All Pro selection. His best season was 1963, when he rushed for a career high 1099 yards with 3 rushing scores, adding 30 catches for another 685 yards and 5 more touchdowns as a receiver.
Napoleon Kaufman (4792)—Napoleon Kaufman played for the Raiders from 1995 to 2000, his only team in the NFL. He ranks fourth in Raiders’ history with 4792 rushing yards, and Kaufman’s best season was 1997. That year, he Kaufman notched career highs in rushing yards (1294) and rushing touchdowns (6), as well as in receptions (40) and receiving yards (403) with 2 receiving TDs.
Marv Hubbard (4394)—Marv Hubbard played most of his career with the Raiders, from 1969 to 1975. He ranks fifth in team history with 4394 rushing yards, and his best season for the team was in 1972, one of three Pro Bowl seasons for Hubbard. That season, he rushed for a career high 1100 yards with 4 rushing scores, adding 22 catches for 103 yards out of the backfield.
Pete Banaszak (3772)—Pete Banaszak played his entire career with the Raiders, from 1966 to 1978, and ranks sixth in franchise history with 3772 rushing yards. Banaszak never made the Pro Bowl but was an integral part of the Raiders’ success in the ‘70’s. He had his best season in 1975, when he rushed for career highs in yards (672) and rushing TDs (16, which led the NFL that year), adding 10 catches for 64 yards as well.
Tyrone Wheatley (3682)—Tyrone Wheatley began his career with the Giants, but had much more success with the Raiders, the team he played for from 1999 to 2004. Wheatley ranks seventh in Raiders’ history with 3682 rushing yards, and his best season was 2000. That year, Wheatley rushed for career bests in yards (1046) and rushing TDs (9), while catching 20 passes for 156 yards and one more score as a receiver.
Clarence Davis (3640)—Clarence Davis played his entire career in Oakland, from 1971 to 1978, and ranks eighth in franchise history with 3640 rushing yards. His best season was 1977, when he rushed for a career high 787 yards with 5 rushing touchdowns, adding 16 catches for 124 yards out of the backfield.
Charlie H. Smith (3351)—Charles H. Smith played most of his career with the Raiders, from 1968 to 1974, and ranks ninth in their history with 3351 rushing yards. Smith had a career high 686 rushing yards and 8 rushing TDs (also career best) in 1972, and added 28 catches for 353 receiving yards with 2 more touchdowns as well.
Harvey Williams (3094)—Harvey Williams played for Kansas City and then for the Raiders for five seasons, from 1994 to 1998. He ranks tenth in team history with 3094 rushing yards, and Williams’ best season with the team was in 1995. That year, Williams rushed for career highs in yards (1114) and rushing scores (9), while adding 54 catches for 375 yards as a receiver.