FOX Sports has been tracking running backs for over 50 years and we have yet to track a single player who has had more rushing touchdowns than the Hall of Famer who was a Hall of Fame quarterback in the 1950s and ’60s.
But that all changed Sunday when 30-year-old San Diego State University senior David Williams, who played for the Rams from 2000-04, ran for 1,737 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions in his first game as a pro.
It was the second-highest single-game rushing total in league history, trailing only Adrian Peterson’s 1,937-yard, six touchdowns in 2013.
And it’s also the second straight year Williams has been the most efficient running back in the league.
That was the case last season, when Williams had 1,839 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.
But Williams ran for 709 yards and three touchdowns last year, and he was also named a first-team All-American and was voted to the Pro Football Hall of Champions.
Now, it’s the second consecutive year that Williams is named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Williams is now tied with Reggie Bush and John Riggins for second all-time behind only Brett Favre.
And Williams has more rushing TDs in a season than any other running back, with 16 and 13.
He has 1,863 rushing yards, third-most in NFL history behind the 2,898 yards he had in 2009.
The NFL has seen a lot of running backs struggle over the past couple years, but Williams was just the latest in a long line of successful players to break through.
Here are some other notable figures from this decade who have run for more than 1,000 yards in the NFL: 1.
Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints 2.
Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts 3.
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks 4.
LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills 5.
Adrian Peterson, St. Louis Rams 6.
Marsay “Beast” Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7.
Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers 8.
Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs 9.
Jamael Charles, New York Jets 10.
Darren McFadden, Atlanta Falcons 11.
Lamar Miller, St Louis Rams 12.
Jamaic St. Thomas, Houston Texans 13.
Denver Broncos 14.
Rashard Mendenhall, Kansas State Wildcats 15.
Marshell Lewis, Florida Gators 16.
Jamaico Watkins, New Mexico State Aggies 17.
DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Panthers 18.
Rashad Jennings, Jacksonville Jaguars 19.
Rashawn Scott, Cincinnati Bengals 20.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Indianapolis Titans 21.
Alfred Morris, Tampa Green Wave 22.
Marsiah Thomas, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 23.
Alfred Blue, Miami Dolphins 24.
Rashod Hill, Detroit Lions 25.
Marshelon Harris, Minnesota Vikings 26.
Alfred Lynch, Tampa-2x 27.
Maurice Harris, Kansas Tech Yellow Wings 28.
Terrell Newby, Clemson Tigers 29.
Jamaalo Webb, North Carolina State Wolfpack 30.
Frank Campbell, Utah State Aggie 31.
LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots 32.
Jamaian James, Florida State Seminoles 33.
Michael Bush, San Diego Chargers 34.
Frank Bush, Washington Redskins 35.
Chris Johnson, Ohio State Buckeyes 36.
DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans 37.
Jamaalis King, LSU Tigers 38.
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys 39.
LeCharles Bentley, Florida Panthers 40.
Jamaani Washington, LSU Crimson Tide 41.
Deion Sanders, Ohio Panthers 42.
DeAndre Washington, Georgia Bulldogs 43.
Jamaalin Franklin, Washington Huskies 44.
LeVeon Hill, Pittsburgh Steeler 45.
La’Rod Stephens-Howling, Alabama Crimson Tide 46.
Rashan Gary, Alabama Tigers 47.
Lamar Jackson, Alabama Jaguars 48.
Jamaala Brown, Ohio Titans 49.
Jamaad Scott, Washington State Cougars 50.
Deandre Ware, Michigan State Spartans 51.
Chris Godwin, Ohio Browns 52.
Maurice Clarett, USC Trojans 53.
David Wilson, Missouri Tigers 54.
Deon Cain, Kansas Wildcats 55.
Rashon Johnson, Michigan Wolverines 56.
Mike Davis, Texas A&M Aggies 57.
Chris Warren, Iowa Hawkeyes 58.
Chris Ivory, Texas Tech Red Raiders 59.
Jamaalshawn Taylor, Alabama A&m Trojers 60.
Devante Robinson, Mississippi State Bulldogs 61.
Chris Thompson, Nebraska Cornhuskers 62.
David Johnson, Texas Longhorns 63.
DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame Fighting Irish 64.
Jamaan Williams, Washington Colts 65.
Marsy Mauldin, Oklahoma Sooners 66.
Montee Ball, Oklahoma State Cowboys 67.
Adrian Wilson, Washington Cougars 68.
Matt Forte, Indiana Hoosiers 69.
Jamaaline Harris, Miami Hurricanes 70.
Lamar Williams, San Francisco 49ers 71.
Jamaale Ellis, Alabama State Bulldogs 72