Emmitt Smith has the most career rushing yards, with 18,355 yards.

who is leading the nfl in rushing the seasons
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NAMEGPRUSH YDSSEASATTRUSH AVGRUSH YDS/GRUSH TDREC YDSRECTRGREC AVGREC YDS/GREC TD
Emmitt SmithEmmitt Smith22618,355154,4094.281.21643,2245151306.314.311
Walter PaytonWalter Payton19016,726133,8384.488.01104,5384929.223.915
Frank GoreFrank Gore24116,000163,7354.366.4813,9854846968.216.518
Barry SandersBarry Sanders15315,269103,0625.099.8992,9213528.319.110
Adrian PetersonAdrian Peterson18014,820143,1924.682.31182,4663014198.213.76
Curtis MartinCurtis Martin16814,101113,5184.083.9903,3294844096.919.810
LaDainian TomlinsonLaDainian Tomlinson17013,684113,1744.380.51454,7726248687.628.117
Jerome BettisJerome Bettis19213,662133,4793.971.2911,4492001007.27.53
Eric DickersonEric Dickerson14613,259112,9964.490.8902,1372817.614.66
Tony DorsettTony Dorsett17312,739122,9364.373.6773,5543988.920.513
Jim BrownJim Brown11812,31292,3595.2104.31062,4992629.521.220
Marshall FaulkMarshall Faulk17612,279122,8364.369.81006,8757676069.039.136
Edgerrin JamesEdgerrin James14812,246113,0284.082.7803,3644335847.822.711
Marcus AllenMarcus Allen22212,243163,0224.155.11235,4115879.224.421
Franco HarrisFranco Harris17312,120132,9494.170.1912,2873077.413.29
Thurman ThomasThurman Thomas18212,074132,8774.266.3654,458472299.424.523
Fred TaylorFred Taylor15311,695132,5344.676.4662,3842903488.215.68
Steven JacksonSteven Jackson16011,438122,7644.171.5693,6834616278.023.09
John RigginsJohn Riggins17511,352142,9163.964.91042,0902508.411.912
Corey DillonCorey Dillon15011,241102,6184.374.9821,9132442787.812.87
O.J. SimpsonO.J. Simpson13511,236112,4044.783.2612,14220310.615.914
LeSean McCoyLeSean McCoy17011,102122,4574.565.3733,8985186657.522.916
Warrick DunnWarrick Dunn18110,967122,6694.160.6494,3395105948.524.015
Ricky WattersRicky Watters14410,643102,6224.173.9784,2484671769.129.513
Jamal LewisJamal Lewis13110,60792,5424.281.0581,8792212988.514.34
StatMuse has season-level data for rushing yards going back to the 1932 season.

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