Players with the most rushing yards in NFL history (as of September 14th, 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 September 14th, 2018). Emmitt Smith is the career rushing leader of the NFL with 18,355 total rushing yards.
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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)14,087
LaDainian Tomlinson (2001-2011)13,684
Jerome Bettis (1993-2005)13,662
Eric Dickerson (1983-1993)13,259
Tony Dorsett (1977-1988)12,739
Adrian Peterson (2007-2018)12,372
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)14,087
LaDainian Tomlinson (2001-2011)13,684
Jerome Bettis (1993-2005)13,662
Eric Dickerson (1983-1993)13,259
Tony Dorsett (1977-1988)12,739
Adrian Peterson (2007-2018)12,372
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 September 14th, 2018). Emmitt Smith is the career rushing leader of the NFL with 18,355 total rushing yards.
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September 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
up to September 14th, 2018
Supplementary notes
* Regular season

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