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Old 07-15-2008   #268
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Default Re: Sage want a chance to be a starter.

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Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck View Post
Maybe it's kinda like the myth of 30+ carries per game with running backs. Scouts and GM's always talk about 30+ carry guy but very few people have ever actually carried the ball over 30 carries a game for a full season. Jim Brown never did it. IIRC, Emmit Smith and Walter Payton never did it, either. But you never hear anyone bad mouthing those guys as being wimpy because they couldn't carry the rock 30x per game.
Your point got me looking around a bit...

Leaders in all time rushing attempts.

Rank/Player/Career carries per game/ Season high carries

1. Emmit Smith 19.5 / 24.5
2. Walter Payton 20.2 / 24.2
3. Curtis Martin 20.9 / 24.6
4. Jerome Bettis 18.1 / 25
5. Barry Sanders 20 / 22.8
6. Marcus Allen 13.6 / 23.8
7. Eric Dickerson 20.5 / 25.3
8. Franco Harris 17.0 / 21.4
9. Tony Dorsett 17.0 / 21.4
10. John Riggins 16.7 / 25.0

Other Notables

O.J Simpson 17.8 / 23.7
LaDanien Tomlinson 21.3 / 23.3
Larry Johnson 18.8 / 26.0
Jim Brown 20.0 / 24.2
Earl Campbell 19.0 / 24.9


No one anywhere near 30. Even 25 carries in a season was a stretch for the all time greats.
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