Cincinnati Bengals: All-time rushing leaders in franchise history

Leigh Oleszczak
Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
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3. Rudi Johnson (5,742)

Bengals RB from 2001-2007

In the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft, Cincinnati picked up Rudi Johnson of Auburn and he was yet another running back with the last name Johnson who impressed in a big way during his Bengals tenure. It took Johnson a few years to get into the swing of things but once he got going, it was hard for defenses to stop him.

In 2003, Johnson didn’t quite hit the 1,000-yard rushing mark but came close with 957 yards and nine rushing touchdowns.

For the next three years, Johnson not only surpassed 1,000 yards but smashed past that number while also tallying 12 touchdowns in each of those three seasons. He was never much of a pass-catcher but he didn’t have to be with the numbers he put up on the ground.

Johnson’s production dipped in 2007 and after seven years with the team that drafted him, the two parted ways following that season. He played in Detroit in 2008 and that was it for Rudi Johnson. He’s still third all-time in rushing yards for the franchise.