Tennessee Titans: 15 best running backs in franchise history

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. RB. (1960-66). Charley Tolar. 12. player. 148

  • Best season: 1962
  • 1,012 rushing yards, seven rushing touchdowns
  • 251 receiving yards, one touchdown reception

Charley Tolar is one of the most interesting players on this list. Nicknamed the “Human Bowling Ball”, Tolar was a two-time AFL All-Star with the Oilers. He made those two All-Star games in the earliest years of the Oilers/Titans franchise in 1961 and again in 1962.

While Tolar was outstanding for five years from 1960 to 1964, he was truly dominant in 1962 when he was the offensive MVP for the Oilers after totaling 1,263 yards from scrimmage. As stated above, he had 1,012 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns, as well as 251 receiving yards and one touchdown catch in that 1962 AFL season.

In his first three seasons with the team, the Oilers went to the AFL Championship game every year. Houston won the first two AFL Championships in that league’s history in 1960 and 1961. While his best season happened the year the team lost in the championship game to the then-Dallas Texans in 1962, he was a crucial part of all three runs to the AFL title bout.

While he isn’t the only Oilers player on here from that stretch, he probably had the longest streak of consistent productivity with the franchise during its earliest years of existence.