Super Bowl-winning running back tandems

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Mar 09, 2008



Here is a look at the regular-season rushing yardage of the top two running backs from each Super Bowl champion.
 
The last column shows the second back's percentage of the leading rusher's total. The smallest percentages (those less than 25) appear in bold italics.
 
You'll notice that early in the Super Bowl Era, teams were more likely to have two backs share the workload. The Cold, Hard Football Facts show that more teams are moving back toward a two-back tandem, rather than having just one featured ballcarrier.
 
The era of the single featured balll carrier appears to have peaked in the late 80s and into the 90s.
 
Super Bowl champion running back tandems
SB Champ
Top RB
Yards
Second RB
Yards
% of RB1
2007 Giants
Brandon Jacobs
1,009
Derrick Ward
602
59.7
2006 Colts
Joseph Addai
1,081
Dominic Rhodes
641
59.3
2005 Steelers
Willie Parker
1,202
Jerome Bettis
368
30.6
2004 Patriots
Corey Dillon
1,635
Kevin Faulk
255
15.9
2003 Patriots
Antowain Smith
642
Kevin Faulk
638
99.4
2002 Bucs
Michael Pittman
718
Mike Alstott
548
76.3
2001 Patriots
Antowain Smith
1,157
Kevin Faulk
169
14.6
2000 Ravens
Jamal Lewis
1,364
Priest Holmes
588
43.1
1999 Rams
Marshall Faulk
1,381
Robert Holcombe
294
21.3
1998 Broncos
Terrell Davis
2,008
Derek Loville
161
8.0
1997 Broncos
Terrell Davis
1,750
Vaughn Hebron
222
12.7
1996 Packers
Edgar Bennett
899
Dorsey Levens
566
63.0
1995 Cowboys
Emmitt Smith
1,773
Sherman Williams
205
11.6
1994 49ers
Ricky Watters
877
William Floyd
305
34.8
1993 Cowboys
Emmitt Smith
1,486
Derrick Lassic
269
18.1
1992 Cowboys
Emmitt Smith
1,713
Curvin Richards
176
10.3
1991 Redskins
Earnest Byner
1,048
Ricky Ervins
680
64.9
1990 Giants
Ottis Anderson
784
Rodney Hampton
455
58.0
1989 49ers
Roger Craig
1,054
Tom Rathman
305
28.9
1988 49ers
Roger Craig
1,502
Tom Rathman
427
28.4
1987 Redskins
George Rogers
613
Kelvin Bryant
406
66.2
1986 Giants
Joe Morris
1,516
Maurice Carthon
260
17.2
1985 Bears
Walter Payton
1,551
Matt Suhey
471
30.4
1984 49ers
Wendell Tyler
1,262
Roger Craig
649
51.4
1983 Raiders
Marcus Allen
1,014
Frank Hawkins
526
51.9
1982 Redskins
John Riggins
553
Joe Washington
190
34.4
1981 49ers
Ricky Patton
543
Earl Cooper
330
60.8
1980 Raiders
Mark Van Eeghen
838
Kenny King
761
90.8
1979 Steelers
Franco Harris
1,186
Sidney Thornton
585
49.3
1978 Steelers
Franco Harris
1,082
Rocky Bleier
633
58.5
1977 Cowboys
Tony Dorsett
1,077
Robert Newhouse
721
66.9
1976 Raiders
Mark Van Eeghen
1,012
Clarence Davis
516
51.0
1975 Steelers
Franco Harris
1,246
Rocky Bleier
528
42.4
1974 Steelers
Franco Harris
1,006
Rocky Bleier
373
37.1
1973 Dolphins
Larry Csonka
1,003
Mercury Morris
954
95.1
1972 Dolphins
Larry Csonka
1,117
Mercury Morris
1,000
89.5
1971 Cowboys
Duane Thomas
793
Calvin Hill
468
59.0
1970 Colts
Norm Bulaich
426
Tom Nowatzke
248
58.2
1969 Chiefs
Mike Garrett
732
Robert Holmes
612
83.6
1968 Jets
Matt Snell
747
Emerson Boozer
441
59.0
1967 Packers
Jim Grabowski
466
Ben Wilson
453
97.2
1966 Packers
Jim Taylor
705
Elijah Pitts
393
55.7

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