Running back Shaun Alexander has never thrown a pass in his professional career, which sets him apart from nine other players in the top 10 for total rushing yards among former high school and college stars in the game. ‘Alabama in the NFL.
The Alabama Roots’ top 10 for total offense closely mirrors the top 10 for passing yards — with the exception of Alexander.
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In general, total offense is measured as the yards a player has gained while passing and running. Alexander has more rushing yards in the NFL than any high school or college player in Alabama, and that 9,473 rushing yards put him in 10th place on the all-time list. offences.
For NFL quarterbacks, total offense is a bit more complicated, at least since 1968 when the league started recording quarterback sacks.
In today’s NFL, when quarterbacks are sacked trying to pass, the number of yards lost is subtracted from the team’s total passing yards. At one point, those sacks counted as rushing attempts for quarterbacks, and the yardage lost came from their rushing total. In the NCAA, it’s still like that.
But that yardage lost in sacks is reflected in the NFL’s total offense stats, even if it doesn’t impact the quarterback’s rushing stats.
For example, Philip Rivers ranks sixth in NFL history in total rushing yards and leads Alabama’s list with 61,209. But Rivers passed for 63,440 yards in his career. He also had 601 rushing yards.
How can Rivers have fewer total offensive yards than passing yards?
Because he was sacked 464 times for a loss of 2,832 yards, which is subtracted from his passing and rushing yards to produce his total offensive yards.
The Alabama high school or college player with the most total rushing yards during the 2021 NFL season was Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (Alabama). Hurts had 3,778 yards — 3,144 passing yards, 784 rushing yards and minus-150 yards shed on 26 sacks.
The NFL’s top 10 all-out attacking players with Alabama roots:
1. Philip Rivers, Athens High School: 61,209 total offensive yards
San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers 2004-2019, Indianapolis Colts 2020 : 63,440 passing yards, 601 rushing yards and under-2,832 yards on 464 sacks
2.came Newton, Auburn: 35,533 yards of total attack
Carolina Panthers 2011-2019, 2021, New England Patriots 2020: 32,382 passing yards, 5,628 rushing yards and under-2,477 yards on 332 sacks
3. Joe Namath, Alabama: 26,751 total rushing yards
1965-1976 New York Jets, 1977 Los Angeles Rams: 27,663 passing yards, 140 rushing yards and under-1,052 yards on 109 sacks
4. Ken Stabler, Foley High School, Alabama: 25,517 total offensive yards
Oakland Raiders 1970-79, Houston Oilers 1980-81, New Orleans Saints 1982-84: 27,938 passing yards, 93 rushing yards and under-2,514 on 281 sacks
5. Bart Starr, Sidney Lanier High School, Alabama : 25 493 verges d’attaque totale
Packers de Green Bay 1956-1971 : 24,718 passing yards, 1,308 rushing yards and under-533 yards on 59 sacks
6. Jameis Winston, Hueytown High School : 21 031 yards d’attaque totale
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2015-2019, New Orleans Saints 2020-2021: 20,982 passing yards, 1,204 rushing yards and under-1,155 yards on 182 sacks
7. Richard Todd, Davidson High School, Alabama : 19 415 verges d’attaque totale
New York Jets 1976-1983, New Orleans Saints 1984-1985: 20,610 passing yards, 932 rushing yards and under-2,127 yards on 264 sacks
8. Jason Campbell, Auburn: 16,879 total rushing yards
Washington Redskins 2005-2009, Oakland Raiders 2010-2011, Chicago Bears 2012, Cleveland Browns 2013, Cincinnati Bengals 2014 : 16,771 passing yards, 1,204 rushing yards and under-1,096 yards on 170 sacks
9. Bobby Thomason, Leeds High School : 9 770 verges d’attaque totale
Los Angeles Rams 1949, Green Bay Packers 1951, Philadelphia Eagles 1952-1957: 9,480 passing yards and 290 rushing yards
10. Shaun Alexander, Alabama: 9,453 total offensive yards
Seattle Seahawks 2000-2007, Washington Redskins 2008 : 9,453 rushing yards
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.