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It’s the young running backs in the NFL who are racking up the yards

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Last season DeMarco Murray led the NFL in rushing with 1,845 yards with the Dallas Cowboys. The 27-year-old Murray has since moved on to running the ball for the Philadelphia Eagles this season. Here’s the question: Can Murray duplicate his league-leading performance with a new team this year?

Let’s look at one aspect of Murray’s 2014 season: his age. Murray led the league in rushing yardage at the age of 26. Did you know that of the 45 players who led the league in rushing yards since 1970 that 31 of those 45 (69%) were age 26 and younger, while 14 were 27 or older.

Here’s a breakdown of the age of the NFL rushing champion from 1970-2014.

Age, rushing champs
21: 1
22: 3
23: 7
24: 8
25: 5
26: 7
27: 2
28: 7
29: 4
30: 0
31: 1

The youngest rushing champ since 1970 was Edgerrin James at age 21 in 1999 with the Colts; the oldest was 31-year-old Curtis Martin with the Jets in 2004.

Here’s another rushing stat: Of the 86 runners who gained 1,500 or more yards in a season, 55 (64%) were under the age of 27. The breakdown: age 21 (2), age 22 (5), age 23 (8), age 24 (11), age 25 (10), age 26 (19), age 27 (11), age 28 (8), age 29 (6), age 30 (2), age 31 (3) age 32 (1).

Finally, there have been 132 runners who gained 200 or more yards in an NFL game since 1960. Of those 132, 72 percent (95) were under the age of 27. In fact, 70 of the 132 (53%) were either age 24, 25, or 26. The youngest was Clinton Portis who was 21 years, 119 days when he had 228 yards in a game in 2002. The oldest was John Henry Johnson who was 34 years, 321 days when compiled 200 yards in a 1964 contest. Only seven runners age 30 or older gained 200-plus yards in an NFL game since 1960.

There’s no doubt that its the runners under 30 who are making all the noise in the NFL.

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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#82) From NFL Draft to NFL career stats leader

National Football League Draft

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With each NFL draft, there is much analysis around which teams will take which players and how will each NFL team fill their specific needs.

Here’s a different look back on previous NFL drafts. To pique your interest, see if you can answer this question: When you look at the Top 10 career lists of most TD passes (quarterbacks) and most rushing yards (running backs), which list has more players who were first-round draft choices?

Following is a look at six career stats and where in the draft the players in the Top 10 were drafted.

Most Career TD Passes (quarterbacks). Of the players in the Top 10, four players were first-round draft picks (Dan Marino, Peyton Manning, John Elway and Vinny Testaverde; all but Marino were the first pick in the draft). Warren Moon, who ranks eighth on the list, was undrafted out of college and played in the Canadian Football League for six years before he signed with the Houston Oilers. John Unitas, who ranks ninth on the list, was drafted in the ninth round of the NFL Draft. The career leader, Brett Favre, was a second-round pick.

Most Career Rushing Yards (running backs). Of the 10 players in the Top 10, nine of them were first-round picks. The only exception was Curtis Martin, who ranks fourth on the list, who was a third-round selection. None of the Top 10, however, was the first selection in the draft. Three of the Top 10, Eric Dickerson, Tony Dorsett and Marshall Faulk were the second pick in the draft. Dorsett was actually the second pick behind another running back, Ricky Bell. The career rushing leader, Emmitt Smith, was the 17th overall pick in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft.

Most Career receptions (receivers). Six of the Top 10 in this category were selected in the first round (Jerry Rice, Tony Gonzalez, Marvin Harrison, Tim Brown, Randy Moss and Reggie Wayne). Brown was the highest pick; he was the sixth selection in the 1988 draft. Cris Carter, who is fourth on the list, was a supplemental draft choice. Terrell Owens (No. 6 on the list) was the 89th pick in his draft. Hines Ward (eighth on the list) was the 92nd pick in the 1998 draft. Rice, the category leader, was the 16th choice in the 1985 NFL Draft.

Most Career Interceptions (defensive player). There are four first-round selections in this list: Rod Woodson (third on the list), Ronnie Lott (tied for sixth on the list), Dave Brown (tied for eighth on the list) and Ed Reed (10th on the list). Three players in the Top 10 were undrafted: Emlen Tunnell, Night Train Lane and Emmitt Thomas. Paul Krause, the career leader with 81 interceptions, was a second-round choice. Ken Riley (fifth on the list) was a sixth-round selection; Dick LeBeau (tied for eighth on the list) was a fifth-round pick.

Most sacks (defensive player). Bruce Smith, the category leader, was the first overall pick in the 1985 NFL Draft. Other first-round picks in the Top 10 of this stat: Reggie White, Chris Doleman, Lawrence Taylor and Leslie O’Neal. Of the remaining five in the category, John Randle (eighth in sacks) was undrafted. Richard Dent, a Hall of Famer and seventh on this list, was the 203rd player selected in the 1983 draft.

Most career field goals (placekickers). Only six of the Top 10 were even drafted. Of those that were drafted, Jason Hanson, was the highest drafted player; he was a second-round selection of the Detroit Lions in 1992. Morten Anderson, who leads this category, was a fourth-round choice. The four on the list who were not drafted: John Carney, Adam Vinatieri, Nick Lowery and Jan Stenerud.

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From NFL draft to NFL career stats leader

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National Football League Draft

National Football League Draft (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The 2012 NFL Draft is less than three days away. Much of the analysis you see on the draft centers around which teams will take which players and how will each NFL team fill their specific needs.

Here’s a different look back on previous NFL drafts. To pique your interest, see if you can answer this question: When you look at the Top 10 career lists of most TD passes (quarterbacks) and most rushing yards (running backs), which list has more players who first-round draft choices?

Following is a look at six career stats and where in the draft the players in the Top 10 were drafted.

Most Career TD Passes (quarterbacks). Of the players in the Top 10, four players were first-round draft picks (Dan Marino, Peyton Manning, John Elway and Vinny Testaverde; all but Marino were the first pick in the draft). Warren Moon, who ranks seventh on the list, was undrafted out of college and played in the Canadian Football League for six years before he signed with the Houston Oilers. John Unitas, who ranks ninth on the list, was drafted in the ninth round of the NFL Draft. The career leader, Brett Favre, was a second-round pick.

Most Career Rushing Yards (running backs). Of the 10 players in the Top 10, nine of them were first-round picks. The only exception was Curtis Martin, who ranks fourth on the list, who was a third-round selection. None of the Top 10, however, was the first selection in the draft. Three of the Top 10, Eric Dickerson, Tony Dorsett and Marshall Faulk were the second pick in the draft. Dorsett was actually the second pick behind another running back, Ricky Bell. The career rushing leader, Emmitt Smith, was the 17th overall pick in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft.

Most Career receptions (receivers). Half of the Top 10 in this category were selected in the first round (Jerry Rice, Tony Gonzalez, Marvin Harrison, Tim Brown and Randy Moss). Brown was the highest pick; he was the sixth selection in the 1988 draft. Cris Carter, who is fourth on the list, was a supplemental draft choice. Andre Reed (No. 10 on the list) and Terrell Owens (No. 6 on the list) were the 86th and 89th picks in their respective drafts. Hines Ward (eighth on the list) was the 92nd pick in the 1998 draft. Rice, the category leader, was the 16th choice in the 1985 NFL Draft.

Most Career Interceptions (defensive player). Only three first-round selections in this list: Rod Woodson (third on the list), Ronnie Lott (seventh on the list) and Dave Brown (eighth on the list). Three players in the Top 10 were undrafted: Emlen Tunnell, Night Train Lane and Emmitt Thomas. Paul Krause, the career leader with 81 interceptions, was a second-round choice. Ken Riley (fifth on the list) was a sixth-round selection; Dick LeBeau (ninth on the list) was a fifth-round pick.

Most sacks (defensive player). Bruce Smith, the category leader, was the first overall pick in the 1985 NFL Draft. Other first-round picks in the Top 10 of this stat: Reggie White, Chris Doleman, Lawrence Taylor and Leslie O’Neal. Of the remaining five in the category, John Randle (eighth in sacks) was undrafted. Richard Dent, a Hall of Famer and seventh on this list, was the 203rd player selected in the 1983 draft.

Most career field goals (placekickers). Only six of the Top 10 were even drafted. Of those that were drafted, Jason Hanson, was the highest drafted player; he was a second-round selection of the Detroit Lions in 1992. Morten Anderson, who leads this category, was a fourth-round choice. The four on the list who were not drafted: John Carney, Adam Vinatieri, Nick Lowery and Jan Stenerud.

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Players who gained 100+ yards rushing in an NFL playoff game

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Two running backs last weekend joined the list of players who gained 100 or more yards rushing in an NFL playoff game. On Saturday, Houston’s Arian Foster gained 153 yards in the Texans win over Cincinnati; on Sunday, Pittsburgh’s Isaac Redman had 121 yards rushing in the Steelers loss to Denver.

Following are the players who had 100 or more yards rushing in three or more NFL playoff games (since 1960).

Games with 100 or more yards rushing

7     Terrell Davis, Emmitt Smith

6     John Riggins, Thurman Thomas

5     Marcus Allen, Franco Harris

4     Larry Csonka, Chuck Foreman

3     Jerome Bettis, Eric Dickerson, Tony Dorsett, Dorsey Levens, Curtis Martin, Lawrence McCutcheon, Freeman McNeil, Natrone Means, Fred Taylor

Did you know…

*     There have been 122 different players who have gained 100 or more yards in an NFL playoff game.

*     There have been 198 times when a player has gained 100 or more yards rushing in a playoff game. Teams have won 161 and lost 37 (a .813 winning percentage) when they have had a player gain 100 or more yards in a playoff game.

*     Eric Dickerson holds the playoff record with 248 yards gained in a postseason contest against the Dallas Cowboys on January 4, 1986.

*     Seven different players have gained 200 or more yards in a playoff game.

*    Michael Vick has the fewest carries to reach 100+ yards in a playoff game with eight. He did this with the Atlanta Falcons in a January 15, 2005 contest against the St. Louis Rams.