The Atlanta Falcons’ all-time rushing yards leaders include three Pro Bowl running backs from the 2000s. Jamal Anderson and Warrick Dunn each ran the ball for more than 5,000 yards with the Falcons and current running back Michael Turner is quickly climbing the charts with the highest rushing yards per game average in team history.
5. Michael Turner: 3,941 yards*
Current All-Pro running back Michael Turner is up to fifth on the list of Atlanta Falcons’ all-time rushing yards leaders. Turner was picked up by the Falcons in 2008 after four years in San Diego. He spent his first season as a starter rushing for 1,699 yards and scoring a Falcons’ single-season record 17 touchdowns on the ground. He registered a second 1,000 yards season in 2010 to earn a second Pro Bowl pick and pass Michael Vick on the team’s rushing yards leader board. Turner has reached double figures in touchdowns in each of his first three seasons in Atlanta, totaling 39 overall.
4. Jamal Anderson: 5,336 yards
Former All-Pro rusher Jamal Anderson sits fourth among the Atlanta Falcons’ all-time rushing yards leaders. Originally a seventh round pick by the Falcons in 1994, Anderson earned a roster spot and worked his way into a starting job by 1996. Anderson set a Falcons’ single-season record with 1,846 rushing yards in 1998 to earn All-Pro and Pro Bowl selections. He averaged 4.0 yards per carry over 88 games with the Falcons from 1994 to 2001.
3. Warrick Dunn: 5,981 yards
Three-time Pro Bowler Warrick Dunn led the Falcons’ running attack in the mid-2000s and he finished third on the list of Atlanta Falcons’ all-time rushing yards leaders. Dunn put together three consecutive 1,000 yards seasons from 2004 to 2006, reaching a career-high 1,416 rushing yards in 2005. He ran for 4.2 yards per carry in Atlanta while scoring 30 rushing touchdowns. Dunn’s career total of 10,967 rushing yards puts him in the NFL’s all-time top 20.
2. William Andrews: 5,986 yards
William Andrews was a Pro Bowler in four of his six NFL seasons and he ranks second among the Atlanta Falcons’ all-time rushing yards leaders. Andrews started in the Falcons backfield from 1979 to 1983 and tallied more than 1,000 rushing yards four times. He carried the football for 4.6 yards per attempt and scored 30 rushing touchdowns with an additional 11 receiving scores.
1. Gerald Riggs: 6,631 yards
The Atlanta Falcons’ all-time rushing yards leader is three-time Pro Bowl running back Gerald Riggs. The Falcons took Riggs in the first round of the 1982 NFL Draft and gave him the starting running back job in 1984. In 1985, he became the first Falcon to rush for over 100 yards per game, totaling 1,719 yards with ten rushing touchdowns. Over 91 games in Atlanta, he rushed for 4.2 yards per attempt and reached the end zone 48 times, a Falcons’ franchise record. Riggs posted three seasons of better than 1,000 rushing yards in Atlanta.
*Indicates player is still active with the team
Atlanta Falcons Rushing Career Register. Pro-Football-Reference.com