Originally written August 22, 2012 on Football Nation:
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What do Eric Dickerson, Jamal Lewis and Chris Johnson have in common, besides rushing for 2,000 yards in a single season?They all did it at the age of 24.The 1984 season opened on Sept. 2 – Dickerson’s 24th birthday – and Dickerson and the Los Angeles Rams opened their season the following night, on Monday Night Football.In just his second full season in the league, Dickerson set the NFL standard with 2,105 rushing yards.Lewis turned 24 about a week before his 2003 season started, and he wound up rushing for 2,066 yards that year, which was his third as a pro.Johnson played two games of the 2009 season (totaling 154 rushing yards) before turning 24 prior to a Week 3 game against the New York Jets.Three other running backs have reached the 2,000-yard plateau, with Barry Sanders reaching the milestone at the oldest age (29) and with the most pro seasons under his belt (eight).Terrell Davis turned 26 after seven games of the 1998 season, gaining 1,001 yards in those first seven games, ...
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