Data Points: Faulk’s place among all-purpose elite

When it came to amassing yards via both the ground and through the air, few have done it as well as running back Marshall Faulk, who will be enshrined next week in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Consider that the former Colts and Rams Pro Bowl pick is the only player in NFL history to gain at least 2,000 yards from scrimmage in four consecutive seasons, starting with his final campaign in Indianapolis in 1998 and his first three years in St. Louis from 1999-01. Those seasons with the Rams all ended with Faulk being named NFL Offensive Player of the Year.

Faulk‚Äôs total in ’99 (2,429 yards) is the second-most in a season in league annals. He had more than 1,000 yards rushing and receiving that season, joining 49ers running back Roger Craig (1985) as the only other player to manage that feat. Not only is Faulk 10th in NFL history with 12,279 yards rushing, no running back in history has gained more yards receiving (6,875 yards on 767 career catches).

Only fellow Hall of Famers Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton have gained more yards from scrimmage than Faulk, a threat to go the distance nearly every time he touched the ball.

– Russell S. Baxter

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