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Top 5 quarterbacks with the most rushing yards in NFL history

The importance of the quarterback position in football cannot be overstated. They are responsible for leading their team to victory. However, it's something else for a team to have a dual-threat quarterback.

While most quarterbacks are known for their passing abilities, there are some who have made their mark with their rushing skills. In this article, we will discuss the top 5 quarterbacks with the most rushing yards in NFL history.


#1. Michael Vick - 6,109 yards

Michael Vick is known for his explosive speed and agility, which made him one of the most exciting quarterbacks to watch during his time in the NFL. Vick played for 13 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Vick was the first black quarterback to be drafted as the first overall pick in the NFL draft. He was a four-time Pro Bowler and was named to the NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2010. Vick's career rushing yards total of 6,109 ranks first among quarterbacks in NFL history.

#2. Cam Newton - 5,628 yards

Cam Newton is a dual-threat quarterback who is known for his ability to make plays with his legs as well as his arm. He played for nine seasons with the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots, earning three Pro Bowl selections and the NFL MVP award in 2015.


The Heisman Trophy winner led the Panthers to the Super Bowl in 2015, losing out to the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos. Newton's total career rushing yards of 5,628 rank second among quarterbacks in NFL history. He is expected to make a comeback in the NFL anytime soon.

Cam Newton needs 652 rushing yards today to pass Michael Vick (6,109) for the most by any QB in NFL history.

#3. Russell Wilson - 4,966 yards

Russell Wilson is one of the most successful quarterbacks in NFL history, having won a Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks and appearing in another. Aside from his impressive passing ability, Wilson is also a threat on the ground, with a career rushing yard total of 4,996.

He is known for his elusiveness and ability to escape pressure in the pocket, making him a nightmare for opposing defenses. Russell, who now plays for the Denver Broncos, currently has 9 Pro Bowl appearances and has led the league in passing touchdowns once.


#4. Randall Cunningham - 4,928 yards

Randall Cunningham played 16 seasons in the NFL, primarily with the Philadelphia Eagles. The UNLV alum made four Pro Bowl appearances and won the Bert Bell Award three times. The Santa Barbara-born player also made the first-team All-Pro in 1998.

Cunningham is known for his athleticism and ability to extend play with his legs during his playing days. He ended his career with a rushing yard total of 4,928. It was a quarterback record at the time of his retirement but currently ranks fourth in NFL history.

Day 15 of 28 black QBs in 28 days. Randall Cunningham is one of the greatest dual threat QBs in NFL history. In 16 NFL seasons, Cunningham had:

29,979 passing yards
207 passing TDs
4,928 rushing yards
35 rushing TDs

#5. Lamar Jackson - 4,437 yards


Lamar Jackson boasts as one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the NFL today. The 2016 winner of the Heisman Trophy won the NFL MVP award in 2019 and has already established himself as one of the best rushing quarterbacks in the history of the league.

Jackson has so far amassed 4,437 rushing yards, which currently ranks him fifth on the list. His effective combination of speed, agility, and elusiveness makes him a joy to watch. The Ravens’ signal-caller is expected to break the quarterback rushing yards record before the end of his career.

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