Career rushing yards leaders in NFL history 2018

Players with the most rushing yards in NFL history (as of December 30th, 2018)*

Career rushing yards leaders in NFL history 2018 The statistic depicts the National Football League players with the most rushing yards in the league's history (as of December 30th, 2018). Emmitt Smith is the career rushing leader of the NFL with 18,355 total rushing yards.
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Players with the most rushing yards in NFL history (as of December 30th, 2018)*

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Number of yards
Emmitt Smith (1990-2004)18,355
Walter Payton (1975-1987)16,726
Barry Sanders (1989-1998)15,269
Curtis Martin (1995-2005)14,101
Frank Gore (2005-2018)14,748
LaDainian Tomlinson (2001-2011)13,684
Jerome Bettis (1993-2005)13,662
Adrian Peterson (2007-2018)13,318
Eric Dickerson (1983-1993)13,259
Tony Dorsett (1977-1988)12,739
Jim Brown (1957-1965)12,312
Marshall Faulk (1994-2005)12,279
Edgerrin James (1999-2009)12,246
Marcus Allen (1982-1997)12,243
Franco Harris (1972-1984)12,120
Thurman Thomas (1988-2000)12,074
Fred Taylor (1998-2010)11,695
Steven Jackson (2004-2015)11,438
John Riggins (1971-1985)11,352
Corey Dillon (1997-2006)11,241
Number of yards
Emmitt Smith (1990-2004)18,355
Walter Payton (1975-1987)16,726
Barry Sanders (1989-1998)15,269
Curtis Martin (1995-2005)14,101
Frank Gore (2005-2018)14,748
LaDainian Tomlinson (2001-2011)13,684
Jerome Bettis (1993-2005)13,662
Adrian Peterson (2007-2018)13,318
Eric Dickerson (1983-1993)13,259
Tony Dorsett (1977-1988)12,739
Jim Brown (1957-1965)12,312
Marshall Faulk (1994-2005)12,279
Edgerrin James (1999-2009)12,246
Marcus Allen (1982-1997)12,243
Franco Harris (1972-1984)12,120
Thurman Thomas (1988-2000)12,074
Fred Taylor (1998-2010)11,695
Steven Jackson (2004-2015)11,438
John Riggins (1971-1985)11,352
Corey Dillon (1997-2006)11,241
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The statistic depicts the National Football League players with the most rushing yards in the league's history (as of December 30th, 2018). Emmitt Smith is the career rushing leader of the NFL with 18,355 total rushing yards.
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December 2018
Region
United States
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up to December 30th, 2018
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* Regular season
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