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Chris Johnson Approaching 7,000 Career Rushing Yards

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 26, 2012 – 4:10 pm

TitansRunning back Chris Johnson could reach a rare career milestone this weekend, but he will need one of his best career performances to do so.

Johnson currently sits at 6,832 career rushing yards. With 168 rushing yards in the 2012 finale against the Jaguars, he would become the fourth player in NFL history to reach the 7,000-yard rushing mark within his first five seasons. The only players to previously accomplish the feat are Eric Dickerson (8,256 yards from 1983-87), LaDainian Tomlinson (7,361 from 2001-05) and Emmitt Smith (7,183 from 1990-94).

Johnson has rushed for 168 yards in a game five times in his career and once this season, a 195-yard effort at Buffalo on Oct. 21.

Most rushing yards in a player’s first five seasons, NFL history:

1 – 8,256 – Eric Dickerson (1983-87)
2 – 7,361 – LaDainian Tomlinson (2001-05)
3 – 7,183 – Emmitt Smith (1990-94)
4 – 6,995 – Earl Campbell (1978-82)
5 – 6,926 – Walter Payton (1975-79)
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6,832 – Chris Johnson (2008-12 – active)

In franchise history, Johnson currently owns the third-best rushing total for a player’s first five seasons. He needs 43 rushing yards to pass Eddie George (6,874) for second place and 164 rushing yards to pass Earl Campbell (6,995) for the top spot.

Most rushing yards in a player’s first five seasons, franchise history:

6,995 – Earl Campbell (1978-82)
6,874 – Eddie George (1996-00)
6,832 – Chris Johnson (2008-12 – active)


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