The New England Patriots All Time Career Rushing Leader Sam Cunningham was an All-American Fullback as USC were he was part of the Trojans 1972 National Championship Team. Drafted by the Patriots in 1973 with their #1 pick, He was the 11th player taken overall.

As of today – the end of the 2023 season – he is still the #1 All-Time Leading Rusher for the New England club. Has 5453 yards to his credit after 9 seasons (1973-1982, held out the 1980 season with a contract dispute). Also #2 when it comes to All Time Rushing Touchdowns with 43.

Patriots Sam Cunningham carrying the Football
Sam Cunningham

Chosen to the Patriots 35th Anniversary Team, 50th Anniversary Team and All 1970s Team. Inducted into the New England Patriots Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Sam Cunningham All-Time Career Totals

Career Regular Season Rushing & Receiving Totals
  Rushing Receiving Totals
Year Age Team Games Carries Yards Y/A Long TD Catches Yards Y/R Long TD Touches Y/Tch YScm Total Touchdowns
1973 23 NWE 14 155 516 3.3 25 4 15 144 9.6 34 1 170 3.9 660 5
1974 24 NWE 10 166 811 4.9 75 9 22 214 9.7 37 2 188 5.5 1025 11
1975 25 NWE 13 169 666 3.9 17 6 32 253 7.9 24 2 201 4.6 919 8
1976 26 NWE 11 172 824 4.8 24 3 27 299 11.1 41 0 199 5.6 1123 3
1977 27 NWE 14 270 1015 3.8 31 4 42 370 8.8 35 1 312 4.4 1385 5
1978* 28 NWE 16 199 768 3.9 52 8 31 297 9.6 31 0 230 4.6 1065 8
1979 29 NWE 12 159 563 3.5 27 5 29 236 8.1 20 0 188 4.3 799 5
1980 Missed Season Due to Contract Dispute
1981 31 NWE 11 86 269 3.1 12 4 12 92 7.7 12 0 98 3.7 361 4
1982 32 NWE 6 9 21 2.3 4 0         0 9 2.3 21 0
9 Year Total NFL Career 107 1385 5453 3.9 75 43 210 1905 9.1 41 6 1595 4.6 7358 49

Career Post Season Rushing & Receiving Totals
  Rushing Receiving Totals
Year Age Team Games Carries Yards Y/A Lng TD Catches Yards Y/R Long TD Touches Y/Tch YScm Total Touchdowns
1976 26 NWE 1 20 68 3.4 22 0 2 14 7.0 7 0 22 3.7 82 0
1978* 28 NWE 1 10 42 4.2 8 0 3 28 9.3 15 0 13 5.4 70 0
Total Post Season Games 2 30 110 3.7 22 0 5 42 8.4 15 0 35 4.3 152 0
  • * – Pro Bowl Selection
  • ♦ – Best for the Year
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/15/2023.


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