As of the 2011 season, there have been six 2,000 yard rushers in the NFL:
1984 - Eric Dickerson - 2,105 yards
2003 - Jamal Lewis - 2,066 yards
1997 - Barry Sanders - 2,053 yards
1998 - Terrell Davis - 2,008 yards
1973 - O.J. Simpson - 2,003 yards
2009 - Chris Johnson - 2,006 yards
YearPlayerTeamGAttYardsAvg.TD1973O.J. SimpsonBuffalo143322,0036.0121984Eric DickersonL.A. Rams163792,1055.6141997Barry SandersDetroit163352,0536.1111998Terrell DavisDenver163922,0085.1222003Jamal LewisBaltimore163872,0665.3142009Chris JohnsonTennessee163582,0065.714
As of January 3rrd 2010 the answer is six. Chris Johnson from the Tenessee titans was the latest to be added to the list. The list is rounded out with O.J. Simpson, Eric Dickerson, Barry Sanders, Terrell Davis, and Jamal Lewis.
2000 yards a year is hardly a rush!
Only 6 players have. Chris Johnson from the Tennessee Titans (8-8) was the newest to be added to the list this season rushing for 2,254 yards.
OJ Simpson, 1973
The Giants rushed for 91 yards and the Patriots rushed for 45 yards for a combined total of 136 rushing yards.
Troy Davis at Iowa State rushed for 2010 yds in 1995 and 2185 yds in 1996. He never won the Heisman Trophy and is the only college running back to rush for over 2000 yards in a season twice.
O.J. Simpson rushed for 2003 yards in the 1973 season. The Bills starting QB that season was Joe Ferguson and the backup was Dennis Shaw.
Ben Hayes in 1921 rushed for 3,928 yards.
Willie Parker has rushed for 5,378 yards in his NFL career.
Yes. He broke 2,000 rushing yards only once in his career - 2003 when he rushed for 2,066 yards.