Category Archives: Running Backs

A Brief Essay on the Legendary Marcus Allen

Born March 26, 1960 in San Diego, California, Marcus Allen knew from a young age he was a special talent. During neighborhood football games, he was always several steps ahead of everyone else. He preferred playing defensive back and aspired to be like his hero Lem Barney, but he also spent time in his backyard trying to emulate the running style of Browns legend Leroy Kelly. That time paid dividends when Abraham Lincoln High School coaches Vic Player and Roy Reed decided to make Allen…

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History of the Career Rushing Yards Record

Seemingly every offseason for the last half decade, Adrian Peterson has made slow-news-day headlines by reiterating his goal of breaking Emmitt Smith‘s career rushing yards record. Normally, this notion would be dismissed. However, given Peterson’s production to date, in concert with his remarkable physical conditioning and recovery ability, his words hold more weight than those of other backs.1 While Peterson’s goal pops up in the news every now and then, the history of the record itself is rarely covered. We’ll see an offhand remark about…

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History of the Career Rushing Touchdowns Record

As a lover of football history, I enjoy writing about the evolution of the game and examining statistical achievements from a historical perspective. I’m also fond of looking at the progression of career records, as doing so can often give us a glimpse into the progression of the game itself. I’ve previously written about the history of the passing touchdowns, passing yards, and receptions records. Today, I’ll focus on the storied history of the carer rushing touchdowns record. The first ever Football Sunday in league…

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Adjusted Rushing Yards Since 1991

Earlier this week, I looked at Adjusted Catch Yards from the last quarter century. Today, I’ve turned my focus to the players who got it done on the ground. I’ll be using data from the last 25 years of NFL history to find Adjusted Rushing Yards for single seasons and whole careers. The formula for Adjusted Rushing Yards is simple: ARY = Yards + 11*Touchdowns + 9*First Downs – 25*Fumbles1 To find Marginal ARY/A, I simply find the ARY/A of the rest of the rushers in…

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2015 Week 3 Running Backs

Week 3 in the NFL featured an interesting group in the top ten rushing leaders. With the exception of Adrian Peterson, the top ten yardage leaders were a who’s who of who’s that.1 Sure, Frank Gore is a popular chap, but Frank Gore the Colt is not. Enough argumentative babble. Let’s look at the stats. Raw Stats This table includes general counting stats for running backs and is sorted by rushing yards. Devonta Freeman was a monster on the ground, leading all players in rushing…

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2015 Week 2 Running Backs

Week two of the NFL season is over, and there were some great (and terrible performances) to discuss. Let’s get to it. Raw Stats This table displays standard rushing and receiving stats for running backs, including first downs and separated fumbles. Take a moment to type “PHI” into the search box at the top right of the table so you can find yourself perplexed by the rushing production of Chip Kelly’s latest experiment. Nine rushing yards from Sam Bradford kept the Eagles out of the…

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2015 Week 1 Running Backs

I normally provide stats and brief analysis for QBs, RBs, and receivers every week, but this week I have been overwhelmed by a disease of unknown origin. Times are tough, gang. This week, I’ll just post the stats without comment. Raw Stats The following table displays raw stat totals for every running back with at least one carry, reception, or target.  Read it thus: Adrian Peterson had 10 carries for 31 yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 fumbles, and 2 first downs. He also had 3 receptions…

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