December 17, 2012 |
Adrian Peterson is closing in on Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record, which has stood for nearly 30 years. Dickerson rushed for 2,105 yards for the L.A. Rams in 1984. Peterson has a career-high 1,812 already this year for the Minnesota Vikings with two games remaining. Can Peterson pull it off? To do so, Peterson will need to average 147 yards a game. While his season average of 129.4 yards a game won't cut it, that number is a bit misleading because he spent the first several weeks working his way back after suffering two torn ligaments last Christmas Eve. Peterson ran for just 83.2 yards a game the first six weeks of the season but has averaged 164.1 yards per outing since.
December 15, 2012 |
Eric Dickerson is pulling for Adrian Peterson to become the seventh NFL running back to gain 2,000 yards in a season. The former Los Angeles Rams great who owns the single-season rushing record also wants to see Peterson named both the league's most valuable player and comeback player of the year. But Dickerson is a realist, too, and concedes both those awards will probably wind up in Denver with Peyton Manning, who has come back from a serious neck injury to lead the Broncos to an AFC West title.
January 4, 2010
2,000 club Chris Johnson became the sixth member of the 2,000-yard rushing club. All played 16 games except O.J. Simpson, who reached the milestone in 14 games: YEAR PLAYER, TEAM YARDS AVG TD 1973 O.J. Simpson, Buffalo 2,003 6.0 12 1984 Eric Dickerson, L.A. Rams 2,105 5.6 14 1997 Barry Sanders, Detroit 2,053 6.1 11 ...
December 4, 2009 |
Being the fastest player in the NFL is a little like being the biggest guy in the bar. There's always someone who wants to tangle. So Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson had to chuckle when he heard Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo wants to challenge him to a race. "He must be stupid or something," said Johnson, adding he could beat Rondo in a game of one-on-one to boot. Johnson, you see, measures his speed against the best of the best. He said he'd love to race Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt in a 40-yard dash, suggesting that would be prime pay-for-view fodder.
August 16, 2009 |
The number comes to Adrian Peterson in his sleep, whispering to him with promises of prestige that few other achievements in the NFL can provide. It is the most eye-catching figure in football -- 2,000. In a game that is not known for landmark statistics as much as it is for its violence and speed, 2,000 might be the one number that everyone instantly identifies with greatness. Try and remember the record for yards rushing in a career. How about touchdown passes? Receptions?
November 15, 2004
Thirty-something tailbacks Jerome Bettis (32) of Pittsburgh and Curtis Martin (31) of the New York Jets are closing in on Tony Dorsett and Eric Dickerson on the NFL's all-time rushing list: active players shaded *--* Player Yards EMMITT SMITH 18,050 WALTER PAYTON 16,726 BARRY SANDERS 15,269 ERIC DICKERSON 13,259 TONY DORSETT 12,739 JEROME BETTIS 12,734 CURTIS MARTIN 12,653 JIM BROWN 12,312 MARCUS ALLEN 12,243 FRANCO HARRIS 12,120 THURMAN THOMAS 12,074 MARSHALL FAULK 11,883 JOHN RIGGINS 11,352 O.