4. Pete Johnson (5,421)
Bengals RB from 1977-1983
The Bengals spent a second-round pick in the 1977 NFL Draft on Pete Johnson, who played at Ohio State. The team already had Boobie Clark and Archie Griffin at the running back position but Johnson was another name the stripes were hoping could come in and spice things up.
Johnson went on to lead the Bengals in rushing yards for each of the next seven years. He had double-digit touchdowns in three of his seven seasons with the Bengals with his career-high being 14 touchdowns during the 1983 campaign, which ended up being his last year in Cincinnati. He was traded to the Chargers following that season.
Johnson’s career-high in rushing yards came in 1981 when he went over the 1,000-yard mark for the first and only time in his career. He had 1,077 yards and 12 touchdowns that year, which earned him the only Pro Bowl nod of his NFL career.
The 1984 season was Johnson’s last in the NFL and it was spent with both the Dolphins and the Chargers. Even with Johnson going past the 1,000-yard mark once, he still has the fourth-most rushing yards in Cincinnati history.