The Cincinnati Bengals’ all-time rushing yards leaders include four running backs who ran for more than 5,000 yards with the franchise. They are led by four-time Pro Bowler Corey Dillon who had six 1,000 yard years as a Bengal.
5. Harold Green: 3,727 yards
Cincinnati’s Pro Bowl fullback from the first-half of the 1990s, Harold Green sits fifth on the Bengals’ all-time rushing yards leaders list. Over six seasons, Green made 75 starts for the Bengals and averaged 43.3 rushing yards per game. In 1992, he broke out with a career-high 1,170 yards on the ground. He added 1,004 total receiving yards from 1990 to 1995.
4. Pete Johnson: 5,421 yards
Former Pro Bowler Pete Johnson ranks fourth among the Cincinnati Bengals’ all-time rushing yards leaders. Johnson led the Bengals’ ground attack from 1977 to 1983 to become the first player with 5,000 rushing yards in team history. In 1981, he helped the Bengals reach the Super Bowl with career-highs of 1,077 rushing yards and 320 receiving yards. Johnson is also the Bengals’ all-time rushing touchdowns leader with 64.
3. Rudi Johnson: 5,742 yards
Cincinnati’s top rusher of the 2000s, Rudi Johnson finished his career ranked third on the list of Cincinnati Bengals’ all-time rushing yards leaders. Johnson racked up more than 1,300 yards with 12 touchdowns per year three straight times from 2004 to 2006, earning one Pro Bowl selection. He averaged 72.7 rushing yards per game as a Bengal and he is second on the team’s rushing touchdowns list with 48 scores. His 1,458 rushing yards in 2005 mark the Bengals’ single-season record.
2. James Brooks: 6,447 yards
Four-time Pro Bowler James Brooks is the second leading rusher in Cincinnati Bengals’ history. Brooks started in the Bengals’ backfield for eight seasons from 1984 to 1991. He reached the end zone with regularity, scoring 37 touchdowns on the ground and 27 receiving TDs for Cincinnati. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry overall, leading the league in the category once and reaching a career-high 5.6 per attempt in 1989. Brooks tallied a combined 9,459 rushing and receiving yards over 118 games with the Bengals.
1. Corey Dillon: 8,061 yards
The Cincinnati Bengals’ all-time rushing yards leader is four-time Pro Bowl running back Corey Dillon. The Bengals chose Dillon with their second round pick in the 1997 NFL Draft and he became their primary running option for the next seven years. Dillon began his career with six consecutive 1,000 rushing yard seasons. He averaged 4.3 yards per run and 75.3 per game in Cincinnati. Later with the New England Patriots, he reached a career best 1,635 yards in 2004. Dillon’s career totals of 11,241 rushing yards and 82 rushing touchdowns rank 17th and 16th respectively in NFL history.
Cincinnati Bengals Rushing Career Register. Pro-Football-Reference.com