|Johnson Closing In on Single-Season Rushing Record
Dec 4, 2009
Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson, who has 1,396 yards through 11 games and is on pace to finish with 2,030, is aiming for Eric Dickerson's single-season record of 2,105 yards. "All the guys who've done it before me, everybody knows them," said
Johnson. "So of course I want it. I want 2,000 but I also want the
record. I'm gunning for it.
I can't have that be first in my mind. I feel like if I go out there
every game and press and say 'I need this many yards or that many
yards,' I don't feel it will happen. I just have to stay with my game
plan. But I feel like I can get it." Dickerson set the record in 1984 while playing for the Rams. Three more players have passed 2,000 since then -- Jamal Lewis (2,066 for the Ravens in 2003), Barry Sanders (2,053 for the Lions in 1997) and Terrell Davis (2,008 for the Broncos in 1998).
Simpson was the first to break 2,000, getting to 2,003 for the Bills in
1973 when the NFL regular season was still 14 games.