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28 Corey Dillon RB
Corey Dillon was born on Oct. 24, 1974 in Seattle, Wash. … Played at Franklin High School, where he won all-state honors in football and was All-Metro Player of Year … Also earned all-metro honors in baseball … Senior year in high school was 1992-93 … Sat out 1993 football season before enrolling at Garden City JC for ’94 season … Physical education major at Washington. Corey and his wife, Desiree, have one daughter, Cameron.
Corey Dillon was acquired by the Patriots in a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for a 2004 second-round draft pick (56th overall – Madieu Williams) on April 19, 2004 … Originally selected by Cincinnati in the second round (46th overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft … Signed a contract extension with Cincinnati (05/11/01).
Career GP/GS: 150/133 (8/6):
2006 (16/13/0/0): Finished first on the team with 812 rushing yards ... Led the team in rushing eight times in 2006 (at NYJ, vs. MIA, at BUF, vs. NYJ, vs. CHI, vs. DET, at MIA, vs. HOU) ... Leads all active NFL running backs with 11,241 rushing yards, a mark that ranks him 14th in NFL history ... Passed O.J. Simpson (11,236 yards over 11 seasons from 1969-79) for 14th on the NFL all-time rushing list with a 5-yard run in the fourth quarter against Tennessee (12/31/06) ... Has exceeded the 100-yard rushing plateau 39 times in his career ... Led the team and tied for third in the AFC with 13 rushing touchdowns ... Has scored 39 touchdowns in 43 regular season games as a Patriot (37 rushing touchdowns and 2 receiving touchdowns).
Buffalo (9/10): Started at running back ... Carried the ball 16 times for 73 yards in the Patriots' 19-17 victory over the Bills ... Grabbed two receptions for 22 yards out of the backfield ... Sealed the victory with a 6-yard run on fourth-and-two late in the fourth quarter allowing the Patriots to run out the clock. at N.Y. Jets (9/17): Started at running back and led the team with 80 rushing yards on 20 carries and a touchdown in the Patriots' 24-17 win over the N.Y. Jets ... Gave the Patriots a 7-0 lead with a 1-yard touchdown plunge on third-and-one with 5:36 remaining in the first quarter ... Rumbled for 14 yards on a rush off left end in the second quarter. Denver (9/24): Made the start at running back but only played in the first half because of an injury ... Rushed the ball five times for 16 yards ... Rumbled for 10 yards on a third-and-eight rush up the middle in the first quarter. at Cincinnati (10/1): Started at running back ... Carried the ball 17 times for 67 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' commanding 38-13 victory over the Bengals ... With New England at their own 6-yard line, got the Patriots some breathing room with back-to-back rushes of six and 12 yards, respectively, late in the third quarter ... With his 12-yard run, he moved into 15th place on the NFL's all-time rushing list, passing Ricky Watters' mark of 10,643 yards ... Gave the Patriots a 31-13 lead with a 1-yard touchdown plunge on a fourth-and-one rush in the fourth quarter. vs. Miami (10/8): Started at running back and led the team with 45 rushing yards on 10 carries in the Patriots' 20-10 win over the Dolphins. at Buffalo (10/22): Made the start at running back ... Rushed 14 times for 47 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots' 28-6 road victory over the Bills ... Got the Patriots on the scoreboard with an 8-yard touchdown run up the middle with 8:23 remaining in the first quarter ... Gave the Patriots a 14-3 lead with a 12-yard touchdown jaunt off left end with 59 seconds left in the opening stanza ... Rumbled for 17 yards on a third-and-seven play late in the fourth quarter. at Minnesota (10/30): Played in a reserve role at running back as the team opened the game in a four wide receiver set ... Logged just three carries for five yards in the Patriots' commanding 31-7 road win against the Vikings ... Rumbled for a 15-yard gain on a rush off left tackle during the Patriots' second scoring drive in the second quarter ... Collected 27 yards on a screen pass in the third quarter. Indianapolis (11/5): Started at running back and rushed the ball 13 times for 48 yards and two touchdowns ... Grabbed one reception for five yards ... Got the Patriots on the scoreboard with a 1-yard touchdown plunge, tying the game at 7-7 with 14:25 remaining in the second quarter ... Tied the score at 14-14 with a 4-yard touchdown jaunt with 4:14 left to play in the second quarter. vs. N.Y. Jets (11/12): Started at running back and recorded a season-best 98 rushing yards on just 11 carries ... Rumbled for 50 yards on a rush off right guard in the first quarter, marking his longest run since a 67-yard touchdown on Oct. 6, 2002 ... Grabbed one reception for five yards. at Green Bay (11/19): Started at running back ... Carried the ball 12 times for 31 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' 35-0 road victory over the Packers ... Gave the Patriots a 14-0 lead with a 1-yard touchdown plunge with 10:54 remaining in the second quarter. vs. Chicago (11/26): Started at running back and rushed for 40 yards on 11 carries in the Patriots' 17-13 victory over the Bears ... Grabbed one reception for three yards ... Rumbled for 26 yards on a rush off right tackle in the first quarter. vs. Detroit (12/3): Started at running back ... Rushed the ball nine times for 25 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots' 28-21 comeback victory over the Lions ... Tied the game at 10-10 with a 6-yard touchdown jaunt with 1:15 remaining in the second quarter ... Became the 15th player in NFL history to rush for 11,000 yards when he rumbled for a 2-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter ... Registered his third rushing touchdown of the afternoon and gave the Patriots a 28-21 lead with a 4-yard touchdown run with 2:33 remaining in the fourth quarter. at Miami (12/10): Played in a reserve role at running back ... Rushed for 79 yards on 16 carries ... Grabbed one reception for one yard ... Rumbled for four yards on a third-and-one rush in the first quarter ... Registered a 17-yard run off left end in the second quarter ... Gained 12 yards on a third-and-two rush in the fourth quarter. vs. Houston (12/17): Started at running back and led the team with 61 rushing yards on 20 carries in the Patriots' commanding 40-7 victory over the Texans ... Grabbed five receptions for 20 yards in the win ... Hauled in a 12-yard screen pass on the opening play of the game ... Set up the Patriots' first touchdown with a 15-yard scamper off right tackle down to the Houston 14-yard line in the first quarter ... Snared a 10-yard reception from Matt Cassel on a third-and-seven play in the fourth quarter. at Jacksonville (12/24): Played in a reserve role at running back as the team opened the game in a four-wide receiver formation ... Carried the ball 10 times for 30 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' 24-21 division-clinching win over the Jaguars ... Gave the Patriots a 10-7 lead with a 1-yard touchdown plunge with 1:17 remaining in the second quarter. at Tennessee (12/31): Started at running back ... Carried the ball 12 times for 67 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots' 40-23 victory over the Titans ... Grabbed two receptions for 59 yards in the win ... Rumbled for 52 yards on a screen pass during the Patriots' initial scoring drive in the first quarter ... Gave the Patriots a 9-3 lead with a 21-yard touchdown jaunt off right tackle in the first quarter ... Scored his second touchdown of the afternoon with a 1-yard touchdown plunge, giving the Patriots a 19-3 advantage with 4:59 remaining in the second quarter.2006 Postseason (3/2/0/0): vs. N.Y. Jets (1/7): Started at running back ... Rushed the ball 10 times for 53 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' 37-16 AFC Wild Card victory over the N.Y. Jets ... Made one reception for no yards ... Gave the Patriots a 7-0 lead with an 11-yard touchdown jaunt off right tackle with 11:53 remaining in the first quarter ... Extended the Patriots' second scoring drive with an 8-yard rumble on third-and-one ... Converted a key third-and-one with a 7-yard run during the Patriots' fourth-quarter touchdown drive. at San Diego (1/14): Played in a reserve role at running back and rushed for 18 yards on eight carries in the Patriots' 24-21 AFC Divisional playoff victory over the Chargers. at Indianapolis (1/21): Started at running back ... Rushed the ball seven times for a team-best 48 yards and a touchdown ... Extended the Patriots' opening scoring drive with a 35-yard run on fourth-and-one in the first quarter ... Gave the Patriots an early 14-3 lead with a 7-yard touchdown jaunt with 10:18 remaining in the second quarter.
2005 (12/10/1/3): Became the 18th player in NFL history to record 10,000 rushing yards with his 12-yard jaunt in the third quarter against Atlanta (10/09/05) … He is the first rusher to do so as a Patriot … Has exceeded the 100-yard rushing plateau 39 times in his career, including two contests in 2005 … Led the team with 12 rushing touchdowns.
Oakland (9/8): Carried the ball 23 times for 63 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots’ 30-20 victory over the Raiders on opening night … Grabbed two receptions for 30 yards … The two touchdown rushes marked the 12th multiple rushing touchdown game of his career … Collected his first rushing touchdown of the season with an 8-yard jaunt that gave the Patriots a 23-14 lead in the third quarter … Set up his second touchdown run with a 25-yard reception in the fourth quarter … Gave the Patriots a commanding 30-14 advantage with a 2-yard touchdown plunge in the final stanza. at Carolina (9/18): Rushed 14 times for 36 yards … Rumbled for 14 yards on a rush off right tackle in the second quarter. at Pittsburgh (9/25): Rushed for 66 yards on 22 carries and scored two rushing touchdowns in the Patriots’ 23-20 victory over the Steelers … Hauled in two receptions for 23 yards in the victory … Extended the Patriots’ opening touchdown drive with a 7-yard jaunt on third-and-three in the first quarter … Gave the Patriots an early 7-0 lead with a 4-yard touchdown run with 9:47 remaining in the first quarter … Scored his second rushing touchdown of the afternoon with a 7-yard rumble to give the Patriots a 17-13 lead in the fourth quarter … Scored two rushing touchdowns, marking his second multiple-score game of the season and the 13th time in his career he has recorded two or more rushing touchdowns. San Diego (10/2): Collected a touchdown and garnered 63 rushing yards on 14 carries … Rumbled for a game-high 29-yard run in the first quarter … Hauled in a 23-yard reception on a screen play in the first quarter … Gave the Patriots a 7-3 advantage with a 1-yard touchdown plunge late in the first quarter … Extended the Patriots final scoring drive of the first half with a 2-yard run on fourth-and-1 in the second quarter. at Atlanta (10/9): Totaled 106 rushing yards on 23 carries in the Patriots’ 31-28 win over the Falcons … Grabbed two receptions for 13 yards out of the backfield … Rushed the ball four times for 21 yards during the Patriots’ opening touchdown drive of the afternoon. at Denver (10/16): Dressed but did not play. Buffalo (10/30): Played in a reserve role at running back … Collected 72 rushing yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns in the Patriots’ 21-16 victory over the Bills on Sunday Night Football … Cut the Bills’ lead to 16-14 with a 1-yard touchdown plunge with 7:06 remaining in the fourth quarter … Scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard jaunt with 5:32 left in the final stanza. Indianapolis (11/7): Rushed the ball 12 times for 40 yards … Caught three passes for 29 yards out of the backfield … Helped set up the Patriots’ first touchdown with a one-handed catch on a 16-yard screen pass in the first quarter … Extended the Patriots’ second touchdown drive with a 10- yard run on third-and-three in the third quarter. at Miami (11/13): Started at running back in the Patriots’ 23-16 road victory over the Dolphins … Left the game on the second play from scrimmage and did not return. New Orleans (11/20): Inactive. at Kansas City (11/27): Inactive. N.Y. Jets (12/4): Carried the ball 16 times for 65 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots’ 16-3 victory over the Jets … Registered four catches for 19 yards … Gave the Patriots a 13- 3 lead with a 1-yard touchdown plunge with 4:12 remaining in the third quarter … Rumbled for 14 yards on a rush off right end in the fourth quarter. at Buffalo (12/11): Rushed 102 yards on 22 carries and a score in the Patriots’ commanding 35-7 road victory over the Bills … Caught four passes for 29 yards … Rumbled for 21 yards on the final play of the first quarter … Increased the Patriots lead to 14-0 with a 12-yard touchdown run with 8:13 reamining in the second quarter … Hauled in a screen pass and rumbled for 20 yards in the third quarter … Extended the Patriots’ fourth touchdown drive with a 6-yard jaunt on third-and-five in the fourth quarter. Tampa Bay (12/17): Saw significant action at running back as a reserve … Rushed the ball 19 times for 48 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots’ 28-0 shutout victory over the Buccaneers … Caught four passes for 15 yards and a touchdown in the win … Extended the Patriots’ second touchdown drive of the afternoon with a 4-yard run on third-and-one in the second quarter … Gave the Patriots a 14-0 lead with a 3-yard touchdown plunge with 2:08 remaining in the second quarter … Sealed the victory with a 2-yard touchdown reception with 11:32 remaining in the fourth quarter. at N.Y. Jets (12/26): Carried the ball 26 times for 77 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots’ 31-21 victory over the Jets … Extended the Patriots’ first touchdown drive with a 7-yard run on third-and-two in the first quarter … Kept the initial scoring drive alive again with a 4-yard rush on third-and-two … Gave the Patriots a 21-7 advantage with a 1-yard touchdown jaunt in the second quarter. Miami (1/1): Inactive.
2005 Postseason (2/1/0/0): Jacksonville (1/7): Played in a reserve role at running back and rushed the ball 17 times for 40 yards in the Patriots' 28-3 AFC Wild Card victory over the Jaguars ... Caught one pass for 12 yards out of the backfield. at Denver (1/14): Started at running back and carried the ball 13 times for 57 yards ... Snared one reception for nine yards out of the backfield ... Rumbled for 11 yards on a third-and-one play in the first quarter ... Rumbled for 17 yards on the third-and-one play in the fourth quarter.
2004 (15/14, 3/3): Finished third in the NFL with a career- best 1,635 rushing yards on 345 carries (4.7 avg) ... Set the Patriots' all-time single-season rushing record, eclipsing Curtis Martin's previous record of 1,487 yards ... Led the team and set a new career high with 12 rushing touchdowns ... Finished fifth in the AFC with 1,738 all-purpose yards ... Named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for December ... Led all NFL rushers in the playoffs with 292 yards on 65 carries. Indianapolis (9/9): Tallied 15 rushes for 86 yards (5.7-yard avg.) in his Patriots debut ... Kick-started the Patriots' first touchdown drive with a 38-yard jaunt off right guard in the second quarter. Arizona (9/19): Registered a season- high 158 yards rushing on 32 carries ... The 32 carries were the most by a Patriot since Curtis Martin set a franchise record with 40 carries against the Jets on Sept. 14, 1997 ... Dillon's 158 rushing yards were the most by a Patriot since Robert Edwards rushed for 196 yards at St. Louis on Dec. 13, 1998 ... Recorded a gamehigh 17-yard run off right end on the opening play of the game. Buffalo (10/3): Carried the ball 19 times for 79 yards and a touchdown ... Scored the first touchdown of the game on a 15-yard jaunt. Miami (10/10): Carried the ball 18 times for 94 yards ... Set up the Patriots' third touchdown of the afternoon with a 36-yard scamper down the left sideline. Seattle (10/17): Collected 105 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns ... Gave the Patriots a 7-0 lead with a 1-yard touchdown plunge. N.Y. Jets (10/24): Logged 22 carries for 115 yards ... Broke off a season-long 44-yard run to the Jets 41-yard line late in the third quarter to fl ip the field position battle in a close contest. St. Louis (11/7): Carried the ball 25 times for 112 yards ... Gave the Patriots a commanding 33-14 lead with a 5-yard touchdown jaunt. Buffalo (11/14): Recorded 26 rushes for 151 yards, his second highest yardage total of the season ... Set up Adam Vinatieri's first field goal of the evening with a 30-yard scamper off right end ... Rushed for 43 yards on six carries during the Patriots opening scoring drive. Kansas City (11/22): Rushed 26 times for 98 yards and two touchdowns ... Caught a season-long 20-yard pass ... Gave the Patriots an early 7-0 lead with a 5-yard touchdown run ... Scored his second touchdown of the evening with a 1-yard plunge to give the Patriots a 14-10 lead. Baltimore (11/28): Rushed for 123 yards on 30 carries and scored a touchdown ... Passed the 1,000-yard mark in just his 10th game of the season with his 5-yard run in the first quarter, achieving the milestone in the fewest games of any rusher in Patriots history ... Scored on a 1-yard touchdown plunge off left tackle, then made good on the ensuing two-point conversion, recording the first two-point conversion of his career. Cleveland (12/5): Carried the ball 18 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns ... Gave the Patriots a 14-0 lead with a 4- yard touchdown run ... Recorded his second touchdown of the afternoon with a 1-yard plunge to give the Patriots a commanding 21-0 lead. Cincinnati (12/12): Rushed for 88 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown ... Gave the Patriots an early 7-0 lead with a 1-yard touchdown plunge in the first quarter. Miami (12/20): Carried the ball 26 times for 121 yards and a rushing touchdown ... Grabbed two passes, including his first receiving touchdown in a Patriots uniform. N.Y. Jets (12/26): Collected 89 rushing yards on 29 carries ... Grabbed two receptions for 12 yards ... Established a career high for single-season rushing yards on his second rush of the game, a 7-yard plunge in the first quarter ... Extended the Patriots scoring drive in the third quarter with an 8- yard scamper off right end ... Set the Patriots' singleseason rushing record, passing Curtis Martin's old mark of 1,487 yards. San Francisco (1/2): Rushed for 116 yards on just 14 carries (8.3 avg) and a touchdown ... Tied Curtis Martin's single-season franchise record by eclipsing the 100-yard rushing barrier for the ninth time with a 29-yard scamper in the third quarter.
2004 Postseason (3/3/0/0): Indianapolis (1/16): Rushed for 144 yards on 23 carries in the Patriots' 20-3 victory over the Colts ... Led the team with five receptions for 17 yards in the win ... Set up Adam Vinatieri's second field goal of the afternoon with a 42-yard jaunt down the right sideline in the second quarter ... Extended the Patriots' first touchdown drive of the afternoon with a 4-yard run on third-and-one in the third quarter ... Set up the Patriots' final touchdown of the game with a 27-yard scamper down to the Colts 1-yard line on third-and-eight in the fourth quarter. at Pittsburgh (1/23): Carried the ball 24 times for 73 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' 41-27 AFC Championship victory over the Steelers ... Grabbed one reception for five yards in the victory ... Gave the Patriots a 31-10 lead with a 25-yard touchdown jaunt in the third quarter. Philadelphia (2/6): Tallied 75 rushing yards on 18 carries including a touchdown in the Patriots' 24-21 victory over the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX ... Grabbed three receptions for 31 yards in the victory ... Rumbled for a 25-yard gain on a rush off left tackle in the second quarter ... Gave the Patriots a 21-14 lead with a 2-yard touchdown plunge with 13:44 remaining in the fourth quarter.
2003 (13/11 - Cincinnati): Gained 541 yards on 138 carries, while playing in 13 games and starting 11 contests … Added 11 receptions for 71 yards … Supplanted James Brooks as Bengals’ all-time leader in yards from scrimmage (9,543) and became the first Bengal to top the 8,000 mark in career rushing yards (8,061) … Saw his streak of 52 consecutive starts end in Week Five … His total of three missed games (Games 5, 7 and 9) exceeded the total of two from his first six seasons. Oakland (9/14): Played through injury to rush for 84 yards on 19 carries, putting out his second-highest rushing total of the season. Baltimore (10/19): Had a two-yard touchdown that was the second of his two touchdowns on the season and gave him 300 career points … Became the ninth Bengal (fifth non-kicker) to reach the 300-point plateau. Arizona (11/2): Started in his 100th career game for the Bengals. San Diego (11/23): Had his only 100-yard rushing game of the season, gaining 108 yards on 18 carries for his 28th career 100-yard game … Tore off a season-long 39-yard run. St. Louis (12/21): Passed James Brooks as the Bengals’ all-time leader in yards from scrimmage and also became the first Bengal to top 8,000 mark in career rushing yards … Became the 28th player in NFL history to top 8,000 yards rushing.
2002 (16/16 - Cincinnati): Started every game for the third straight season … Exceeded 1,300 rushing yards for the third consecutive season, running for 1,311 yards on 314 carries (4.2 avg) with a team-high seven touchdowns … His 1,311 yards were the third highest in Bengals history, trailing only his own outputs from the 2000 and 2001 seasons … Gained a career-high 1,609 yards from scrimmage (1,311 rushing, 298 receiving) making him just the second Bengal to pass the 1,600 mark, trailing only the club-record 1,773 scrimmage yards (1,087 rushing, 686 receiving), set by James Brooks in 1986 … Had five 100-yard rushing games for third time in his career, tying the Bengals club record, but becoming the first Cincinnati player to accomplish the feat more than once … Set career highs with 43 receptions and 298 receiving yards … His 314 carries marked his third straight season of 300 or more. Cleveland (9/15): Ran for 108 yards on 22 carries and also had career-high eight receptions for 67 yards, leading the team in both receiving categories. Tampa Bay (9/29): Rushed for 59 yards on 21 carries, passing James Brooks (6,447 yards) for the Bengals all-time rushing lead. Indianapolis (10/6): Gained a season-high 164 rushing yards … Had two touchdowns, a season-long 67-yard run, the fourth-longest of his career, and also scored on a two-yard run. Tennessee (10/27): Had 138 yards rushing on 30 carries, with a four-yard touchdown run. Baltimore (11/10): Rushed for 102 yards and added 48 receiving yards on five catches. Cleveland (11/17): Ran for 92 yards and caught two passes for 18 yards. Pittsburgh (11/24): Ran for 60 yards and rushed for two touchdowns (10 yards and 2 yards). Baltimore (12/1): Topped the 1,000-yard rushing mark for sixth straight season, becoming only fourth player in NFL history to reach 1,000 in each of his first six seasons, joining Eric Dickerson, Barry Sanders and Curtis Martin. New Orleans (12/22): Rushed for 126 yards on 18 carries in just three quarters … Missed the fourth quarter due to injury.
2001 (16/16 - Cincinnati): Started all 16 games for the second year in a row … Scored career-high and team-leading 13 touchdowns … Led team in total points (78), becoming first non-kicker to claim the lead since fullback Ickey Woods (90 points) in 1988 … With three receiving touchdowns, Dillon became the first running back to lead the team in touchdown catches … Dillon’s rushing total of 1,315 yards was second-most in team history, behind only his own mark of 1,435 yards in 2000 … Set a team record with 340 rushing attempts, which also led the AFC … Had highest percentage of total team TDs (52.0 percent, 13 of 25) of any Bengals player in a season, topping previous high of 45.9 percent by Carl Pickens (17 of 37) in 1995. New England (9/9): Posted his only 100-yard rushing game in a season opener, gaining 104 yards on 24 carries with a five-yard touchdown scamper … Teamed with wide receiver Darnay Scott to become first the Bengals teammates to combine for 100 yards rushing and receiving since Dec. 5, 1999 vs. San Francisco, when Dillon teamed with Carl Pickens for the milestone. Cleveland (10/14): Rushed for 140 yards on 31 carries (4.5 avg.) and scored on a five-yard run. Detroit (10/28): Gained 184 yards on 27 carries (6.8 avg.) and scored a pair of touchdowns … Tore off a 96-yard touchdown run that was longest play from scrimmage in Bengals history and tied for the fourth-longest rushing play in NFL history … His 184-yard rushing day at Detroit was the most in Bengals history for a road game. Tampa Bay (12/2): Scored a game-tying touchdown with eight seconds to play in regulation, breaking two tackles to complete a six-yard pass play. N.Y. Jets (12/16): Totaled 85 yards on 22 carries … Scored both Cincinnati touchdowns, on runs of one and three yards. Baltimore (12/23): Rushed for 127 yards on 24 carries (5.3 avg.) becoming the first player in 51 games to gain 100 yards on the ground against the Ravens. Tennessee (1/6): Had 114 scrimmage yards (87 rushing, 27 receiving) in season-ending win and scored rushing touchdowns of two and 34 yards … Against the Titans, became the Bengals’ most frequent all-time ball carrier, pushing his career attempts to 1,413 and passing Pete Johnson (1,402).
2000 (16/16 - Cincinnati): Started in all 16 games for the first time in his career and set the NFL single-game rushing record (278) and Bengals season rushing mark (1,435) Smashed the former Bengals season rushing record of 1,239 yards set by James Brooks in 1989 Was held to 82 total rushing yards in the first three games before averaging 104.1 yards over the final 13 games Had 12 runs of 20 or more yards, tying for NFL lead with Denvers Mike Anderson and Jacksonvilles Fred Taylor With his team-record 315 carries (which he surpassed in 2001), he broke the record of 274, which Pete Johnson had set in 1981 Tied with wide receiver Peter Warrick for the team lead in touchdowns (7). Miami (10/1): Topped his output for the first three games combined, rushing for 110 yards on 22 carries. Tennessee (10/8): Had an 80-yard touchdown run, tied for longest run by an AFC player in 2000 Recorded 95 yards on 15 carries. Denver (10/22): Set an NFL record with 278 yards on 22 carries Broke Walter Paytons 23-year-old record of 275 yards (on 40 carries), set on Nov. 20, 1977 Ran for 201 yards in the second half, including touchdown runs of 65 and 41 yards in the fourth quarter Had seven runs of longer than 20 yards, including his two touchdown runs and also runs of 21, 26, 30, 31 and 37 yards. Cleveland (10/29): Followed his record-breaker vs. Denver with a 137-yard rushing effort, and his 415 rushing yards over the two games were third-most in NFL history in consecutive games. Pittsburgh (11/26): Rushed 23 times for 128 yards with two touchdowns. Arizona (12/3): Topped the 200-yard mark for the second time in 2000 and for the third time in his career with a 216-yard effort on 35 carries against the Cardinals Dillons performance marked the most rushing yards ever allowed by the Cardinals in their 83-year franchise history Accomplished the feat with consistent running, with just one of his 35 attempts going for longer than 11 yards (57 yards on his first run of the game) Passed James Brooks team record of 1,239 rushing yards in a season during third quarter. Jacksonville (12/17): Averaged 4.5 yards per carry in a 76-yard effort on 17 tries.
1999 (15/15 - Cincinnati): Gained 1,200 rushing yards, good for the second-most in Bengals history to that point … Earned his first Pro Bowl nod, becoming the first Bengals running back voted to the Pro Bowl since Harold Green in 1992 … His 4.6 yards per attempt was the highest average among the top 10 rushers in the AFC by nearly a half-yard, with next-highest at 4.2 yards per carry … Started in Games 1-15 and was inactive for the season finale at Jacksonville … His 1,490 yards from scrimmage (1,200 rushing, 290 receiving) was the Bengals’ most since 1989. Tennessee (9/12): Scored Bengals’ first touchdown of the season on a one-yard run in first quarter. Carolina (9/26): Notched the first of five 100-yard efforts on the season, gaining 113 yards on 20 carries (5.7 avg). Cleveland (10/10): Recorded his second-most productive ground performance of the season, gaining 168 yards on 28 carries … His six yards-per-carry figure was his second best average of the season. Pittsburgh (11/28): Rushed for 120 yards on 23 carries (5.2 avg) and earned one of two coaches’ offensive game balls. San Francisco (12/5): Had 210 scrimmage yards, rushing 25 times for 133 yards and adding career-high 77 receiving yards on five catches. Cleveland (12/12): Recorded his most productive output of the season, gaining a season-high 192 yards on 28 carries … His 6.9-yard average set a career-high for games in which he has had more than 25 rushing attempts.
1998 (15/15 - Cincinnati): Ran for 1,130 yards, exceeding by one his rookie season total Had four 100-yard rushing games for the second straight season, with his strongest effort coming in the form of 124 yards on 14 carries (10/18 at Tennessee) Started Games 1-14 and 16 On weekly inactive list for Game 15, Dec. 20 at Pittsburgh, due to injury. Baltimore (9/27): Recorded his first 100-yard effort of the season, gaining 116 yards on 25 carries. Tennessee (10/18): Notched a season-long run of 66 yards in the third quarter and also scored on 12-yard run in the same quarter Notched a season-high 124 yards on just 14 carries, good for an average of 8.9 yards per carry. Oakland (10/25): Had his first career touchdown reception, scoring on a 17-yard toss from quarterback Neil ODonnell. Denver (11/1): Had his third 100-yard game of the season, notching 110 yards Ran the ball 35 times, tying a career-high. Jacksonville (11/29): Broke the 100-yard barriers for the fourth and final time on the season, gaining 107 yards on 16 carries. Tampa Bay (12/27): Had a career-long 41-yard reception from quarterback Paul Justin.
1997 (16/7 - Cincinnati): Became a starter in Game 10 and had only 196 rushing yards at season’s halfway point, but rushed for 933 yards in the season’s final eight games … His season total of 1,129 yards broke the Bengals rookie record of 1,066 yards, set by Ickey Woods in 1988 … The highlight game of his rookie season came on Dec. 4 vs. Tennessee, as he rushed for 246 yards on 39 carries, breaking the NFL rookie record of 237 yards set by Cleveland’s Jim Brown against the L.A. Rams in 1957. (Dillon’s rookie mark was broken in 2000 when Denver rookie Mike Anderson rushed for 251 vs. New Orleans.) … Named 1997 AFC Rookie of the Year in peer voting conducted by the NFL Players Association … Was the only NFL rookie to top the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season … Led Bengals running backs in receiving yards (259) … Finished sixth in rushing in AFC, but his per-carry average of 4.85 yards was higher than the five players who had more total yards … Rushed for 100 or more yards three weeks in a row (Games 13-15), becoming the first Bengal to record three straight 100-yard games since Pete Johnson in the 1980 season … Scored 10 of Cincinnati’s NFL-leading 23 rushing touchdowns, the most rushing scores by one player since Ickey Woods established the team-record with 15 scores in 1988 … Awarded an offensive game ball by coaches on two occasions; for his record-breaking performance vs. Tennessee and for his 123-yard rushing game (11/2 vs. San Diego), his first 100-yarder as a pro … His longest touchdown run was 71 yards (11/2 vs. San Diego) … Used as a kickoff returner early in the season, averaging 30.3 yards on 6 returns.
Played at Washington only in 1996, as a junior, and left with a remarkable list of school season records — rushing yards (1,555), attempts (271), total touchdowns (23), rushing touchdowns (22), all-purpose yards (2,185) and scoring (138) … Posted multiple records despite starting only eight of 11 games, as he was the backup to Rashaan Shehee until Shehee was sidelined with an ankle injury in Game 3 … In the Holiday Bowl vs. Colorado, rushed for 140 yards and added two more touchdowns to his regular-season total of 23 … Scored five touchdowns in a 41-21 conquest of UCLA, earning Sports Illustrated National Player of Week honors as he rushed for 145 yards and added 53 yards in receptions … In 1995, played junior college ball at Dixie College in St. George, Utah, and was chosen JC Offensive Back of the Year by College Sports magazine after rushing 279 times for 1,899 yards and 20 touchdowns … In 1994, rushed for 1,165 yards and 16 touchdowns at Garden City (Kan.) JC.