Tennessee Titans: 15 best running backs in franchise history

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Mike Rozier, Houston Oilers
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(1985-90). Mike Rozier. 9. player. 148. . RB

  • Best season: 1987
  • 957 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns
  • 192 receiving yards

In terms of accomplishments over an entire career, it is hard to get much better than Mike Rozier.

He was a two-time Pro Bowl running back for the Oilers. Immediately before that, he was a star in the USFL totaling over 1,700 rushing and receiving yards combined in 1985. Rozier played for the Pittsburgh Maulers in 1984 before playing one last season in the USFL with the Jacksonville Bulls before the league dissolved in 1985.

Even before that, Rozier was a Heisman Trophy winner for his work with the Nebraska Cornhuskers in 1983 where he had 2,149 rushing yards alone. Rozier is a College Football Hall of Famer as one of the greatest running backs in Nebraska football history.

Despite his NFL career not being at the elite level as some of his other accomplishments, Rozier was no slouch. He ended up being one of the most productive running backs in the NFL by the time his career was over in 1991 with the Atlanta Falcons.

There may be some argument as to why I picked 1987 for his best season. While Rozier did have a 1,000-yard season in 1988 with Houston, the balance of nearly 200 receiving yards on top of nearly 1,000 receiving yards slightly edged out the 1988 campaign.