DeAngelo Williams in elite company
Posted Jul. 21 at 09:30 AM
Looking at DeAngelo Williams’ body of work, I notice that he’s one of the few guys who in back-to-back seasons has run for over 1,000 yards and averaged 5.0 yards per carry. That’s not easy to do.
As best as I can tell, only two backs have done it three years in a row – Jim Brown and Marshall Faulk. (Brown did it in his last three seasons, then walked away from pro football.) O.J. Simpson’s longest streak was two years.
By my count (and I think I got them all), it’s happened only eight times since the move to the 16-game season in 1978, with Faulk and Barry Sanders each doing it twice.
CONSECUTIVE YEARS WITH 1,000-PLUS YARDS RUSHING
AND AVERAGING 5.0-PLUS YARDS PER CARRY, 1978-2009
Att Yds Avg
535 2774 5.2 Barry Sanders (89-90) Det.
416 2243 5.4 James Brooks (90-91) Cin.
642 3606 5.6 Barry Sanders (96-97) Det.
506 2740 5.4 Marshall Faulk (99-00) St.L.
513 2741 5.3 Marshall Faulk (00-01) St.L.
563 3099 5.5 Clinton Portis (02-03) Den.
684 3522 5.1 Tiki Barber (05-06) NYG
421 2098 5.0 Brandon Jacobs (07-08) NYG
489 2632 5.4 DeAngelo Williams (08-09) Car.
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