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CJ Goes Over 1,000 Rushing Yards for Fifth Consecutive Season to Begin Career

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 9, 2012 – 12:40 pm

Chris JohnsonOn a five-yard run in the first quarter, running back Chris Johnson went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the fifth consecutive season to begin his career.

He became the third rusher in franchise history to reach five 1,000-yard seasons, joining Eddie George and Earl Campbell.

Additionally, Johnson joined an elite list of NFL players to rush for 1,000 yards in his first five seasons. That list now includes Johnson, Barry Sanders (1989-98), Corey Dillon (1997-02), Curtis Martin (1995-04), George (1996-00), Eric Dickerson (1983-89), LaDainian Tomlinson (2001-08) and Tony Dorsett (1977-81).

Johnson also passed former Oilers wide receiver Ernest Givins (8,280 scrimmage yards) for third place on the team’s all-time career scrimmage yards list. With 8,318 combined rushing and receiving yards in five NFL seasons, Johnson trails only Eddie George (12,153) and Earl Campbell (9,292) in team annals.

Most consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons to begin a career, NFL history:

10 – Barry Sanders (1989-98)
10 – Curtis Martin (1995-04)
8 – LaDainian Tomlinson (2001-08)
7 – Eric Dickerson (1983-89)
6 – Corey Dillon (1997-02)
5 – Chris Johnson (2008-12 – active) *
5 – Eddie George (1996-00)
5 – Tony Dorsett (1977-81)

Among the eight players on the list, Johnson currently has the fifth-highest yardage total (6,682 yards) and is tied for the highest average per carry (4.7).

* Three games remaining in his fifth season


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8 Responses to “CJ Goes Over 1,000 Rushing Yards for Fifth Consecutive Season to Begin Career”

  1. By sikwiddit on Dec 9, 2012 | Reply

    As all 50 million dollars back should do , not really a big deal

  2. By d1titans on Dec 9, 2012 | Reply

    Your right. Every 50 million dollar back should have those numbers, but very few do. If you read the story it shows the 8 backs in NFL history who have rushed for 1,000 in each of 1st 5 seasons. Chris Johnson is one of them. You are actually quite wrong about this not being a big deal. Anytime a player does something only 7 other players have ever done, its a big deal. You must be a hater dismiss his accomplishment. He’s in pretty good company huh

  3. By dave on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with d1, it is a big deal and I am glad he is on our team. Hopefuly next year he will have a better line, and better OC for the season. My only gripe about CJ is I wish he would hit the holes going north and south and not worry so much about trying to make every touch a home run. With his speed if he blows through a hole he will have more opportunity to make bigger plays. Think long think wrong. He also needs more touches, 15 carries a game is too few. But now we are talking about Defense, and thats another topic.

  4. By sikwiddit on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    it only a big deal to homers humpin cj’s leg

  5. By titanfan4life on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    elite company for sure. however, 1000 yards is not what it used to be, but still an accomplishment to be proud of especiallly after how dismal the run game started. what cj needs is a complimentary runner in the draft. not ringer, maybe harper, but i really like monte ball out of wisconsin. mature down hill runner that can take a pounding like lendale white used to. eric mangini said it best when talking about adrian peterson. when he is in the game the defense loads the box and they know he is getting the ball and they still cannot stop him. when cj is in everyone knows he is getting it, problem is he can be stopped, we need to change looks and sets with multiple running backs and get the d off balance with a one two punch again.

  6. By jtsmash on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Cj is one of the best in the league and if he keeps playing the way he is playing he may be one of the best ever. you cant down play what he has done because not only is he showing his incredible talent but he is also showing how durable he is. think about how many great backs are not on this list because they struggled with injuries throught their career

  7. By Titan5540 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    People say this is a Quarterback driven league now, yet 1,000 yards rushing isnt a big deal? Not only has CJ logged at least a 1,000 yards each season, he also was the 6th rb to ever eclipse 2,000 yards. In the same season he broke the record for most yards in a season(which sproles broke last year). To top it all off he has the most 80 yard+ TDs in history. You dont see RBs hitting 94 yarders every day. So people need to respect what he has done and what he is doing. Although AP is having a great year, people cant be blinded to what CJ has done for the Running Back Position, especially for a person who had neck surgery in his college career. Ill take CJ over any RB any day of the week. Titans need to hold on to him, because through all of our struggles the last few years, its worth it to know the there is always a possibility of a 94 yard TD to happen!

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