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Ravens’ Jackson Passes Former All-Pro On QB Rushing List

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Ravens' Jackson Passes Former All-Pro On QB Rushing List

Lamar Jackson of the Ravens moves up the all-time quarterback career rushing list, surpassing Randall Cunningham. Jackson overtook the first-ever QB running legend.

Lamar Jackson of the Ravens leapfrogs legendary Eagle Randall Cunningham to take fourth place in quarterback rushing yards.

Once again, Lamar Jackson’s lightning-fast feet have propelled him into history.

With an 8-yard carry in the first quarter of the Ravens’ victory over the Bengals on Thursday, the quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens passed Randall Cunningham to move up to fourth place all-time in quarterback rushing yards.

Despite an ankle injury, Jackson managed to rush for 54 yards on nine carries, bringing his career total to 4,972 yards. The 26-year-old quarterback is getting closer to being just the fourth quarterback in history to reach 5,000 yards of rushing.

Only 11 rushing yards were needed by Jackson going into Week 11 to pass Cunningham (4,928) for the No. 4 spot. He is currently behind Russell Wilson (5,197), Cam Newton (5,628), and all-time leader Michael Vick (6,109 yards).

Before Thursday’s rivalry game, quarterbacks had the most rushing yards (48.1) of any player.

Vick became Jackson’s teammate as the only quarterback in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, making Jackson the only signal-caller with multiple 1,000-yard seasons.

His highly praised legs helped him climb one more spot on the all-time QB rushing chart on Thursday.

The quarterback who had previously held the distinction of greatest rushing quarterback in NFL history has been surpassed by Lamar Jackson in the league record book.

During Thursday night’s game against the Bengals, the quarterback for the Ravens passed Randall Cunningham to take fourth place all-time in career rushing yards by quarterbacks. Jackson had 4,918 career running yards going into the game, 10 fewer than Cunningham had at the end of his stellar career.

Cunningham, a standout at UNLV, was selected by the Eagles in the second round in the 1985 NFL Draught. In 1987, Cunningham moved up to the starting lineup for Philadelphia after serving as a backup for two seasons. Three straight Pro Bowl honours soon followed as Cunningham elevated the Eagles to the top of the NFC.

After that, Cunningham had a career comeback in Minnesota, where he oversaw one of the most potent offences in league history. Having thrown for 207 touchdowns and almost 30,000 passing yards, he retired following the 2001 season. In addition, he averaged an incredible 6.4 yards per carry while running for nearly 5,000 yards and 35 touchdowns. As a starting quarterback, Cunningham also recorded an outstanding regular-season record of 82-52-1.

Before Michael Vick broke the record in 2006, Cunningham’s 1990 season record of 942 running yards for a quarterback in the NFL stood. In 2019, Jackson broke Vick’s record with 1,206 yards gained through rushes.

That season, Cunningham averaged 8.0 yards per carry, which was the best average since 1934 and the second-best single-season total in NFL history. In2006, Vick’s 8.4 yards per rush average tied Beattie Feathers’ record.

Speaking of Vick, with 6,109 yards, the former standout for the Falcons still owns the record for the most rushing yards in a quarterback’s career. Russell Wilson is third all-time with 5,197 yards and counting, while Cam Newton is runner-up with 5,628 yards.

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