Leading Lifetime All-Purpose Yards

01/01/2005
Jerry Rice (Photo: Associated Press)

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Jerry Rice (left) surpassed Walter Payton in 2002 to become the NFL's all-time leader in combined net yards.

(At the Start of 2003 Season)

Rank Player Yrs Rush Rec Int. PR KOR FR Total
1 (2) JERRY RICE 18 645 21,597 - - 6 - 22,248
2 (3) BRIAN MITCHELL 13 1,947 2,298 0 4,845 12,897 14 22,001
3 (1) Walter Payton* 13 16,726 4,538 0 - 539 0 21,803
4 (4) EMMITT SMITH 13 17,162 3,012 0 -

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0 20,174
5 (7) TIM BROWN 15 190 14,167 0 3,272 1,235 3 18,867
6 (5) Barry Sanders 10 15,269 2,921 0 - 118 0 18,308
7 (6) Herschel Walker 12 8,225 4,859 0 - 5,084 0 18,168
8 (8) Marcus Allen * 16 12,243 5,411 0 -

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-6 17,648
9 (9) ERIC METCALF 13 2,392 5,572 0 3,453 5,813 0 17,230
10 (10) Thurman Thomas 13 12,074 4,458 0 -

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0 16,532
11 (16) MARSHALL FAULK 9 10,395 5,984 0 - 18 18 16,415
12 (11) Tony Dorsett* 12 12,739 3,554 0 -

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33 16,326
13 (12) Henry Ellard 16 50 13,777 0 1,527 364 0 15,718
14 (13) Irving Fryar 17 242 12,785 0 2,055 505 7 15,594
15 (14) Jim Brown* 9 12,312 2,499 0 - 648 0 15,459
16 (15) Eric Dickerson* 11 13,259 2,137 0 -

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15 15,411
17 (17) Glyn Milburn 9 817 1,322 0 2,984 9,788 0 14,911
18 (18) James Brooks 12 7,962 3,621 0 565 2,762 0 14,910
19 (19) Ricky Watters 10 10,643 4,248 0 -

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0 14,891
20 (20) Franco Harris* 13 12,120 2,287 0 - 233 -18 14,622

2002 Notes:
No new players entered the Top 20 for Combined Net Yards in 2002.

Next in Line:
Players active in 2002 who rank closest to a Top Twenty ranking: CRIS CARTER (14,184), CURTIS MARTIN (13,065), JEROME BETTIS (12,821), and DESMOND HOWARD (12,519).

ACTIVE IN 2002
* Pro Football Hall of Fame Member
( ) - indicates rank at the start of the 2002 season

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