AFC East: Mike Anderson
October, 15, 2009
By Tim Graham | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
|Steve Mitchell-US Presswire|
|Running back Ricky Williams could be on his way to reaching a significant milestone.|
Two summers ago, Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams talked openly about becoming the fourth running back tandem in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards apiece.
Their plan didn’t work out too well.
Brown fell 74 yards short of the mark. Williams gained a respectable 659 yards, but nowhere close to what he hoped.
Through five games, however, both are on track to accomplish the rare NFL feat.
As the Dolphins head into their bye week with essentially a third of the season behind them, Brown has rushed for 443 yards, putting him on pace the end the regular season with 1,417 yards.
Williams has rushed for 316 yards, projecting him to finish with 1,011 yards if he can keep it up.
Williams would make history.
It would be the fifth 1,000-yard season of his career, but his first since 2003. Five running backs have gone five years between 1,000-yard campaigns, but nobody has waited six years.
The list of players who went the longest between milestone seasons:
- Mike Garrett 1967 and 1972
- Ottis Anderson 1984 and 1989
- Ernest Byner 1985 and 1990
- Gary Brown 1993 and 1998
- Mike Anderson 2000 and 2005
To save you the trouble of going to Google search, the other running back tandems to rush for 1,000 yards apiece were Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris for the Dolphins in 1972, Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1976, Kevin Mack and Byner for the Cleveland Browns in 1985 and Derrick Ward and Brandon Jacobs for the New York Giants last year. Warrick Dunn and quarterback Michael Vick also eclipsed 1,000 yards for the Atlanta Falcons in 2006.