Titans/Oilers’ All-Time Rushing Yardage Leaders
The Tennessee Titans were the Houston Oilers up until 1997, and though the franchise has only been in, and lost, one Super Bowl (in 1999), they are almost always competitive, and were as the Oilers too, winning a couple of titles in the AFL days. And these teams have fielded some great running backs over the years. Here is the Titans/Oilers’ all-time Top 10 in rushing yardage:
Eddie George (10,009)—Eddie George began his NFL career with the Oilers in 1996, and then played most of his career in Nashville with the Titans, until 2003. George ranks first in franchise history with 10,009 rushing yards, and he had seven 1000-yards seasons and four Pro Bowl selections, including one first team All-Pro in 2000. That was George’s best season, when he rushed for career highs in yards (1509) and rushing touchdowns (14), adding 50 catches for 453 yards and 2 TDs out of the backfield.
Earl Campbell (8574)—Earl Campbell was so much fun to watch, and one of those guys that could break tackles with regularity. Campbell played most of his career in Houston, from 1978 to 1984, and ranks second in team history with 8574 rushing yards. Campbell made the Pro Bowl five times, and was first team All Pro his first three seasons in the NFL. His best season was 1980, when he rushed for a career best 1934 yards with 13 rushing scores, adding 11 catches for 47 yards as well. The 1934 yards is sixth best for a single season in NFL history.
Lorenzo White (4079)—Lorenzo White played most of his career in Houston, from 1988 to 1994, and still ranks third in franchise history with 4079 rushing yards. White made the Pro Bowl in 1992, his best season, when he rushed for a career high 1226 yards with 7 touchdowns, and added 57 catches for 641 yards and one more TD as a receiver.
Hoyle Granger (3514)—Fullback Hoyle Granger played most of his career with the Oilers, from 1966 to 1970 and again in 1972, after one season in New Orleans. Granger ranks fourth in team history with 3514 rushing yards, and his best season was 1967, one of two times he made the Pro Bowl. That year, Granger rushed for a career high 1194 yards with 6 touchdowns, and caught 31 passes for 300 yards and 3 more scores out of the backfield.
Steve McNair (3439)—Amazingly, quarterback Steve McNair ranks fifth in Titans/Oilers history with 3439 rushing yards. McNair played for the Oilers and the Titans from 1995 to 2005, and made the Pro Bowl three times. McNair had a career high 697 rushing yards in 1997 with 8 rushing touchdowns, and also passed for 2665 yards that season.
Mike Rozier (3426)—Mike Rozier played most of his career in Houston, from 1985 to 1990, and ranks sixth in team history with 3426 rushing yards. Rozier made the Pro Bowl twice in an Oilers’ uniform, and one of those seasons, 1988, was his best. That year, Rozier rushed for career highs in yards (1002) and TDs (10), while catching 11 passes for 99 yards and one more touchdown as a receiver.
Charley Tolar (3277)—Charley Tolar played for the Oilers, his only team, in the early AFL days, from 1960 to 1966, and ranks seventh in team history with 3277 rushing yards. Tolar had his best season in 1962, when he rushed for a career high 1012 yards with 7 rushing scores (also a career best), while adding 30 catches for 251 yards and one more TD out of the backfield.
Ronnie Coleman (2769)—Ronnie Coleman played his entire career in Houston, from 1974 to 1981, and ranks eighth in Oilers/Titans’ history with 2769 rushing yards. Coleman’s best season was 1975, when he rushed for career highs in yards (790) and rushing touchdowns (5), with 18 receptions for 129 yards as well.
Chris Brown (2757)—Chris Brown played for the Titans from 2003 to 2007, and though he spent some time in coach Jeff Fisher’s doghouse, he did manage to rush for 2757 yards over that time, ranking him ninth in franchise history. Brown’s best season was 2004, when he rushed for career highs in yards (1067) and touchdowns (6), adding 20 catches for 147 yard as a receiver.
Allen Pinkett (2324)—Allen Pinkett played his entire career in Houston, from 1986 to 1991 and ranks tenth in team history with 2324 rushing yards. Pinkett, who also returned kicks, had his best season as a running back in 1991, with career highs in rushing yards (720) and rushing scores (9), while adding 29 catches for 228 yards and one more touchdown out of the backfield.