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Tom “The Gazelle” Brady is on pace to break 1,000 career rushing yards in 2017

The Patriots quarterback, who runs like a baby giraffe, is reaching new heights.

New England Patriots vs New Orleans Saints Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

With 21 rushing yards against the New England Patriots, Jets quarterback Josh McCown hit an impressive milestone. He now has 1,008 career rushing yards, the 90th quarterback to enter the 1,000+ rushing club. The next member?

Probably Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, who sits at 986 rushing yards and has averaged 10.1 rushing yards per game during his career; he’ll probably join the club in the next couple weeks.

But after Dalton? Look out for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Brady has 961 career rushing yards and with his impressive average of 4.0 rushing yards per game, he should surpass 1,000 rushing yards in 10 games- also known as the 2017 season finale.

And it doesn’t appear that Brady’s late-career rushing renaissance should play a major factor in his timeline to achieve 1,000 rushing yards; he’s averaged just 3.9 rushing yards per game since the start of the 2014 season. It seems like forever ago, but Brady actually averaged nearly 5.0 yards per game from 2001-07, before removing any semblance of scrambling from his game post-2008 ACL injury and averaging just 2.9 yards per game from 2009-13.

There’s also a very real chance that Brady won’t achieve the mark this year and will instead head into 2018, jockeying for position with three younger and more mobile quarterbacks.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is on pace to break 1,000 rushing yards early in 2018, but he’s been increasingly more mobile in recent years. He’s at 908 rushing yards and has roughly doubled his rushing yards per game in recent years. There’s a chance he’ll be neck-and-neck with Brady over the final two weeks of the season.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is also in the conversation with 906 career rushing yards and is on pace to break 1,000 rushing yards in the middle of 2018. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is the dark horse candidate with 717 career rushing yards, but an impressive 22.4 rushing yards per game average. Mariota is a threat to break out for a huge rushing day to close the gap between him and the other three less-mobile quarterbacks.

No other quarterback is on pace to have more than 800 career rushing yards by the end of the 2017 season, with Drew Brees and Joe Flacco the only two other quarterbacks over 700 rushing yards.

Can Brady ward off the three challengers? It should be an exciting finish to the 2017 season.


After Andy Dalton, which quarterback will be the next to surpass 1,000 career rushing yards?

This poll is closed

  • 52%
    Tom Brady (961 yards)
    (544 votes)
  • 24%
    Matthew Stafford (908 yards)
    (252 votes)
  • 6%
    Matt Ryan (906 yards)
    (67 votes)
  • 17%
    Marcus Mariota (717 yards)
    (180 votes)
1043 votes total Vote Now