Baltimore Ravens Top 5 All-Time Leaders in Rushing Yards

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5. Justin Forsett – 2,005 career rushing yards

Justin Forsett had a relatively long career before becoming a full-time starting running back with the Baltimore Ravens. He was initially drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of the University of California, Berkeley.

While at Cal, he spent most of his time playing backup to both J.J. Arrington (who later went on to be a second-round draft pick and a bust) and Marshawn Lynch. Despite that, he did get a decent amount of playing time in college but only spent a year with the Seahawks after they drafted him.

Eventually, he was waived by the Seahawks and picked up by the Indianapolis Colts, who then waived him in October of the 2008 season. The Seahawks picked him up again as a kick return specialist. In the 2009 season, he was in a competition with Julius Jones and Edgerrin James for the starting running back role, though he lost that role to Jones.

Once Jones went down with an injury though, Forsett was given a chance to shine and he did exactly that, rushing for 123 yards and a touchdown in his first game with a sizable workload. At the end of his career with the Seahawks, he ended up backing up Marshawn Lynch one more time before being released.

He then went to the Houston Texans, playing backup to Arian Foster, then the Jacksonville Jaguars, and finally the Baltimore Ravens in for the 2014 season.

With the Ravens, he was likely to be a third-string running back behind Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce, however, Pierce was hurt, and Rice was suspended and eventually, which led to Forsett getting the starting role.

That season, Forsett had a career year, running for 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 5.4 yards per carry, earning his first and only Pro Bowl nomination. He started the next season for the Ravens and ended up with 641 yards and two touchdowns, and was eventually was released during the 2016 season.

He played for the Denver Broncos the remainder of the 2016 season and announced his retirement from football in the offseason.