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Fred’s yardage totals rare

Posted by Chris Brown on January 11, 2010 – 8:45 am

By now everyone knows that Fred Jackson became the first player in league history to rush for 1,000 yards and have 1,000 kick return yards in the same season. What some may not know is Jackson led the league in 2009 in all-purpose yards.

As mentioned in our ‘Jackson a runaway MVP’ story on the home page Fred Jackson led the NFL with 2,516 yards compiling the fourth highest total in league history. Three players eclipsed the 2,500 all-purpose yard plateau this season counting Jackson with Cleveland’s Josh Cribbs and Tennessee’s Chris Johnson being the others. Before this season only three other NFL players had eclipsed the 2,500 all-purpose yard mark.

Below is the list of all-purpose yardage leaders for 2009 followed by the all-time all-purpose single-season yardage leaders.

2009 NFL all-purpose yardage leaders
1. Fred Jackson – BUF – 2,516 yards (1,433 rush & receive + 1,014 KR + 69 PR)
2. Josh Cribbs – CLEV – 2,510 yards (1,994 KR/PR yards + 381 rush + 135 rec.)
3. Chris Johnson – TENN – 2,509 yards (2,006 rush + 503 rec.)
4. Jamaal Charles – KC – 2,342 yards (1,120 rush + 297 rec. + 925 KR/PR)
5. Darren Sproles – SD – 2,323 yards (1,483 KR/PR + 343 rush + 497 rec.)
6. Percy Harvin – MINN – 2,081 yards (1,156 KR/PR + 135 rush + 790 rec.)
7. Ray Rice – BALT – 2,041 yards (1,339 rush + 702 rec.)

NFL All-time single-season all-purpose yardage leaders (these are the only six in NFL history to have done it)
1. Derrick Mason (2000) – Tennessee – 2,690 yards
2. Michael Lewis (2002) – New Orleans – 2,647 yards
3. Lionel James (1985) – San Diego – 2,535 yards
4. Fred Jackson (2009) – Buffalo – 2,516 yards
5. Joshua Cribbs (2009) – Cleveland – 2,510 yards
6. Chris Johnson (2009) – Tennessee – 2,509 yards


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