Tennessee Titans: 15 best running backs in franchise history

Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

2. player. 35. . RB. (2008-13). Chris Johnson

  • Best season: 2009
  • 2,006 rushing yards, 14 rushing touchdowns
  • 503 receiving yards, two receiving touchdowns

If you are talking about the best season from a running back in Titans history, then that belongs to Mr. Chris Johnson, “CJ2K” himself.

In 2009, he had one of the most dominant seasons by any player, at any position, in any sport. Not only did he join the elite 2,000-yard rushing club, but he also posted 2,509 yards from scrimmage.

That record still stands at the most in NFL history. As much respect as I have for every other running back on this list, that achievement stands in a league of its own.

There is a misconception that Johnson was a one-year wonder, but that isn’t true at all.

Maybe the most slept on stat about him is that Johnson didn’t have less than 1,400 yards from scrimmage until his seventh year in the NFL. Are you kidding me?

While he started his career with some outstanding offensive linemen in front of him, the middle of that line started to get suspect towards the end of his tenure. If Kevin Mawae had been just a few years younger, then Johnson would be an absolute lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

As it is now, he may be one of the worst snubs in history if the Pro Football Hall of Fame doesn’t get it right once he is eligible for enshrinement in a few years.