The 10 Greatest Running Back Seasons in NFL History


Published: March 20, 2009


... sports, but it's a successful running game that is considered to be arguably just as important or even more important than a good passing attack? It's no coincidence that teams with dominant running games and average quarterbacks can win championships.

Look at the Miami Dolphins of the 1970s. Was Bob Griese a great quarterback? Absolutely not. But when your team rushes for close to 3000 yards in the regular season, it's easy to blend in and become what is now known as a game manager. Griese threw seven passes in one Super Bowl--and the Dolphins won 24-7!


Throughout history, the position of running back has changed significantly. Seasonal rushing totals have increased, partly due to a stronger emphasis on powerful offensive lines. There was a time when, even factoring in the increases in games played during the season, a 1000-yard rusher was considered impressive.


Nowadays, the majority of teams produce a 1000-yard rusher, and wit...

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