Every so often it’s always fun too go into the google and find out some random stats. Today after looking at top NFL career rushing leaders, I decided to make a list of the top 5 Miami Hurricane running backs in NFL History. The list by the way is going to be based on strictly numbers and not some arbitrary assesment.
So let’s begin the count down:
5. Willis McGahee
Here’s a man who came into the league with a ton of hype. However that hype was somewhat measured because he sustained perhaps the most influential injury in college football history when he tore his ACL, MCL and PCL in the national championship game vs. Ohio State in January of 2003. Somehow his agent at the time Drew Rosenhaus was able to convince the Buffalo Bills to take him with the 23rd overall pick in the first round. He would sit out all of 2003 in rehabilitation and began his career in 2004. The rest his history, where McGahee is currently 41st all time NFL rusher with 8,474 rushing yards and 65 TD. He also had over 1300 receiving yards at 5 TD catches.
4. Clinton Portis
Portis started his career in Denver like a bat out of hell. It looked like he was going to break all sorts of records. He began in 2002 and rushed for over 1500 yards and 15 TDs. The following year he rushed fro 1591 yards and 14TDs. Then he was traded to Washington for Champ Bailey, where he had a 1300 yard and 1500 plus yard season. Though the rest of his time in Washington was riddle with injuries, he still ended his career with 9,923 rushing yards, 75 TDs and 2,018 passing yards with 5 TDs. He’s currently 30th all time on the rushing list.
3. Otis Anderson
This man was a workhorse. When he came into the league in 1979 with the St. Louis Cardinals, he rushed for 1605 yards and 8 TDs. Though he only rushed for over 1300 yards in a season three times, his first three years, it his longevity that places him on this list. Anderson played a total of 14 seasons in the NFL amounting 10,273 yards and 81 TDs. He’s currently the 28th all time RB in NFL History.
2. Edgerrin James
The man from the small town of Immokalee, Florida, which is literally in the middle of the Everglades carved himself a heck of a career. Drafted 4th overall by the Indianapolis Colts, James bursted on the scene in 1999 with 1553 yards and 13TDs along with 586 yards receiving and 4 TDs. That earned him rookie of the year. He followed it up with a 1709 yards rushing 13TDs as well as 594 yards receiving and 5TDs. After sustaining an injury 1/3 way through his third season, it took until 2003, for James to get his “Edge” back. He would have two more 1500 plus rushing seasons. He ended his career with 12,246 rushing yards, 80TDs, 3364 receiving yards and 11TDs. He’s currently 12th all time in rushing history.
1. Frank Gore
Gore was the last RB to come out of that seemingly constant line of great backs during the Butch Davis era in Miami. He was drafted in the 3rd round by the 49ers, where he spent most of his career. If you look at his annual numbers, he doesn’t have insane stats, but he’s steady. Outside of 2006, which was his second season, where he rushed for 1694 yards, he never amounted more than 1300 in another season. He’s going into his 13th season, with 13,065 yards and 80 TDs, which has him currently at 8th all time. If he matches last season’s rushing totals, which was over 1,000 yards rushing, He will pass Curtis Martin as 4th all time rusher. That’s pretty impressive and it’s a stat most people wouldn’t even know unless they looked it up. When all is said and done, Frank Gore statistically speaking is the best RB to come out of the University of Miami in NFL history.