Between the 1970 and 2000 seasons, Walter Payton had the most rushing yards by a running back, with 16,726 yards.

most yards by a rb between 1970 to 2000
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most rushing yards by a rb between 1970 to 2000
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NAMEGPRUSH YDSATTRUSH AVGRUSH YDS/GRUSH TDREC YDSRECTRGREC AVGREC YDS/GREC TD
Walter PaytonWalter Payton19016,7263,8384.488.01104,5384929.223.915
Barry SandersBarry Sanders15315,2693,0625.099.8992,9213528.319.110
Emmitt SmithEmmitt Smith17115,1663,5374.388.71452,807453466.216.411
Eric DickersonEric Dickerson14613,2592,9964.490.8902,1372817.614.66
Tony DorsettTony Dorsett17312,7392,9364.373.6773,5543988.920.513
Marcus AllenMarcus Allen22212,2433,0224.155.11235,4115879.224.421
Franco HarrisFranco Harris17312,1202,9494.170.1912,2873077.413.29
Thurman ThomasThurman Thomas18212,0742,8774.266.3654,458472299.424.523
John RigginsJohn Riggins17511,3522,9163.964.91042,0902508.411.912
O.J. SimpsonO.J. Simpson12210,5392,2234.786.4591,79917310.414.711
Ricky WattersRicky Watters13910,3252,5504.074.3774,1414561549.129.813
Ottis AndersonOttis Anderson18210,2732,5624.056.4813,0623768.116.85
Jerome BettisJerome Bettis1259,8042,4614.078.4491,172162477.29.43
Earl CampbellEarl Campbell1159,4072,1874.381.8748061216.77.00
Earnest BynerEarnest Byner2118,2612,0953.939.2564,6055129.021.815
Herschel WalkerHerschel Walker1878,2251,9544.244.0614,8595129.526.021
Roger CraigRoger Craig1658,1891,9914.149.6564,9115668.729.817
Gerald RiggsGerald Riggs1298,1881,9894.163.5691,5162017.511.80
Freeman McNeilFreeman McNeil1448,0741,7984.556.1382,96129510.020.612
Marshall FaulkMarshall Faulk1078,0601,8954.375.3674,68246521610.143.822
James BrooksJames Brooks1627,9621,6854.749.1493,6213839.522.430
Terry AllenTerry Allen1197,9561,9844.066.9701,533187208.212.96
Curtis MartinCurtis Martin927,7542,0103.984.3542,0222751587.422.08
Chris WarrenChris Warren1627,6961,7914.347.5521,935273897.111.95
Mike PruittMike Pruitt1527,3781,8444.048.5511,8602706.912.25
StatMuse has season-level data for rushing yards going back to the 1932 season.

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