Nice piece by CHFF on how the 400--touch season utterly destroys running backs. The only thing close to an exception that rule is my second favorite player of all time:
Smith is the NFL's all-time leading rusher. And records, as we know, are statistical anomalies. And, naturally, anomalies are produced by anomalous players.It all makes Smith the exception that proves the rule. He survived the abuse of being an NFL ball carrier better than any player in history and, as noted above, he joins Dickerson as the only player to endure four 400-touch seasons in his career (1991, 1992, 1994, 1995). He remained an above-average ball carrier (4.0 YPA or better) until the 2002 season at age 32 - a veritable dinosaur by the standards of overworked running backs.
It's funny to see James Wilder on this list as the "most abused player in history." He was a beast for like two or three years. But in those days, the Bucs just didn't have much else.