George Rogers had the most rushing yards in 1981, with 1,674 yards in his rookie season.

nfl most rushing yards in 1981 for a player
1981Rogers1981Dorsett1981Sims1981Montgomery1981Anderson1981Campbell1981Andrews1981Payton1981Muncie1981Delaney1981Pruitt1981Cribbs1981Johnson1981Tyler1981Brown1981Harris1981Washington1981Collins1981Ellis1981King1981Carpenter1981Nathan1981Dickey1.7k1.6k1.4k1.4k1.4k1.4k1.3k1.2k1.1k1.1k1.1k1.1k1.1k1.1k1.1k987916873860828822782779
NAMESEASONTMGPRUSH YDSATTRUSH AVGRUSH YDS/GRUSH TDREC YDSRECTRGREC AVGREC YDS/GREC TD
George RogersGeorge Rogers1981NONO161,6743784.4104.613126167.97.90
Tony DorsettTony Dorsett1981DALDAL161,6463424.8102.943253210.220.32
Billy SimsBilly Sims1981DETDET141,4372964.9102.6134512816.132.22
Wilbert MontgomeryWilbert Montgomery1981PHIPHI151,4022864.993.585214910.634.72
Ottis AndersonOttis Anderson1981STLSTL161,3763284.286.09387517.624.20
Earl CampbellEarl Campbell1981HOUHOU161,3763613.886.010156364.39.80
William AndrewsWilliam Andrews1981ATLATL161,3012894.581.310735819.145.92
Walter PaytonWalter Payton1981CHICHI161,2223393.676.46379419.223.72
Chuck MuncieChuck Muncie1981SDSD151,1442514.676.319362438.424.10
Joe DelaneyJoe Delaney1981KCKC151,1212344.874.732462211.216.40
Mike PruittMike Pruitt1981CLECLE161,1032474.568.97442637.027.61
Joe CribbsJoe Cribbs1981BUFBUF151,0972574.373.136034015.140.27
Pete JohnsonPete Johnson1981CINCIN161,0772743.967.312320467.020.04
Wendell TylerWendell Tyler1981LALA151,0742604.171.612436459.729.15
Ted BrownTed Brown1981MINMIN161,0632743.966.46694838.443.42
Franco HarrisFranco Harris1981PITPIT169872424.161.78250376.815.61
Joe WashingtonJoe Washington1981WASWAS149162104.465.44558708.039.93
Tony CollinsTony Collins1981NENE168732044.354.67232268.914.50
Gerry EllisGerry Ellis1981GBGB168601964.453.84499657.731.23
Kenny KingKenny King1981OAKOAK148281704.959.10216278.015.40
Rob CarpenterRob Carpenter1981TOT148222084.058.75281377.620.11
Tony NathanTony Nathan1981MIAMIA137821475.360.25452509.034.83
Curtis DickeyCurtis Dickey1981BALBAL157791644.851.974193711.327.93
Rick ParrosRick Parros1981DENDEN167491764.346.82216258.613.51
John RigginsJohn Riggins1981WASWAS157141953.747.6135969.83.90
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