Cowboys fans no doubt are still giddy over the 253-yard rushing effort by rookie RB DeMarco Murray in Week 7. Forget the fact that it’s a single-game franchise record, because a bit more context makes the performance even more impressive.
Murray’s performance was the ninth-best rushing game of all-time. Among the top 10 rushing games ever, Murray joins a list that includes two Hall of Famers (Walter Payton, O.J. Simpson) and at least one potential future Hall of Famer (Adrian Peterson). While he’s still 388 yards behind current rushing leader Peterson, it should also be noted that four of the top 11 performances of all-time were turned in by guys who went on to win the rushing title that season.