A while back I wrote a post containing a random football fact. I have since discovered that that fact is wrong. Whoops. My bad.
The first 1,000 yards rusher in the NFL was in 1934 in the 3rd season of the NFL. The player was a rookie running back for the Chicago Bears named Beattie Feathers. It was his rookie season where he amassed 1,004 yards on a mere 119 carries. A YPC (yards per carry) average of 8.44 (a record for running backs). The record for YPC is now held by Michael Vick. QBs do have an unfair advantage when it comes to YPC stats though because anytime a QB is tackled behind the line of scrimmage it is tallied as a sack and not a rush.
Did you also know that Dallas Cowboys’ rookie running back Felix Jones has a current YPC of 9.04? While only 5 games into the season, if he continues at his current pace he will finish the season with the record. Go Cowboys!
Know you know; and knowing is half the battle.