The Arizona Cardinals’ all-time rushing yards leaders are topped by a pair of Pro Bowl running backs from the 1980s. Ottis Anderson and Stump Mitchell combined to run for more than 10,000 yards over that decade to take the top two spots in the franchise record book.
5. Charlie Trippi: 3,506 yards
Remarkably versatile Hall of Famer Charlie Trippi ranks fifth on the list of Arizona Cardinals’ all-time rushing yards leaders. Trippi spent his entire nine-year career with the Cardinals, playing nearly every role on the field. He ran for at least 500 yards three times and passed for more than 1,000 once. Trippi served as both a punter and a kick returner and he even spent time as a defensive back. He was a leader on the Cardinals’ 1947 NFL Championship winner.
4. Johnny Roland: 3,608 yards
Two-time Pro Bowl running back Johnny Roland sits fourth on the Arizona Cardinals’ all-time rushing yards leaders list. Roland spent seven seasons in the Cardinals’ backfield from 1966 to 1972. He had his best offensive season in 1967 with 876 rushing yards, 269 yards in the air, and 11 touchdowns. For his career as a whole, Roland averaged 3.7 yards per carry with 28 rushing touchdowns, plus six receiving touchdowns and a pair as a punt returner.
3. Jim Otis: 3,863 yards
Former Pro Bowl fullback Jim Otis ranks third among the Arizona Cardinals’ all-time rushing yards leaders. Otis took over the rushing duties for the then St. Louis Cardinals in 1973 and remained with the team through 1978. In 1975, he put together what was by far his career year as he rushed for 1,076 yards at a rate of 4.0 per attempt.
2. Stump Mitchell: 4,649 yards
Former kick returner and running back Stump Mitchell holds the second highest rushing yards total in Arizona Cardinals’ history. Mitchell was a member of the Cardinals throughout the 1980s, spending the second half of the decade as the primary running back. He spent the first half of his career mainly as a kick returner, once leading the league in return yards with 1,292 in 1981. In 1985, he took over for Ottis Anderson and rushed for over 1,000 yards with an NFL leading 5.5 yards per carry. Over his nine-year career with the Cardinals, Mitchell averaged 4.7 yards per rush and scored 32 touchdowns on the ground.
1. Ottis Anderson: 7,999 yards
The Arizona Cardinals’ all-time rushing yards leader is former All-Pro running back Ottis Anderson. The Cardinals chose Anderson in the first round of the 1979 NFL Draft and he immediately became their full-time running back. He ran for a franchise record 1,605 yards as a rookie to earn the first of two Pro Bowl selections. Anderson rushed for more than 1,000 yards five times with the Cardinals and six times overall, reaching a career total of 10,273 rushing yards. Later a Super Bowl MVP with the Giants, Anderson is also the Cardinals’ all-time rushing touchdown leader with 46 scores on the ground.
Chicago/St. Louis/Arizona Cardinals Rushing Career Register. Pro-Football-Reference.com