John Riggins

Robert John Riggins "Diesel"
Born: August 4, 1949
Centralia, KS USA
Position: RB
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 230
College: Kansas
High School: Centralia (KS)
Career: 1971-1985
Drafted: 1971 in Round 1, #6 overall by the New York Jets
Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992

John Riggins played from 1971 to 1985 during his career with the New York Jets and Washington Redskins. Riggins ran for 11,352 yards in his career on 2,916 attempts, scoring 104 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 250 passes for 2,090 yards and 12 receiving touchdowns..

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Year Team Att Comp Comp % Yds Yds/Att TDs TD % Ints Int % Long Rating
1983NFL Washington Redskins100.
1985NFL Washington Redskins100.


Year Team No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
1971NFL New York Jets1807694.325 1
1972NFL New York Jets2079444.640 7
1973NFL New York Jets1344823.615 4
1974NFL New York Jets1696804.034 5
1975NFL New York Jets23810054.242 8
1976NFL Washington Redskins1625723.515 3
1977NFL Washington Redskins682033.012 0
1978NFL Washington Redskins24810144.131 5
1979NFL Washington Redskins26011534.466 9
1981NFL Washington Redskins1957143.724 13
1982NFL Washington Redskins1775533.119 3
1983NFL Washington Redskins37513473.644 24
1984NFL Washington Redskins32712393.824 14
1985NFL Washington Redskins1766773.851 8
Totals2916113523.966 104


Year Team No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
1971NFL New York Jets362316.432 2
1972NFL New York Jets2123011.067 1
1973NFL New York Jets231586.919 0
1974NFL New York Jets191809.532 2
1975NFL New York Jets3036312.134 1
1976NFL Washington Redskins211728.218 1
1977NFL Washington Redskins79513.653 2
1978NFL Washington Redskins312999.633 0
1979NFL Washington Redskins281635.823 3
1981NFL Washington Redskins6599.822 0
1982NFL Washington Redskins10505.011 0
1983NFL Washington Redskins5295.814 0
1984NFL Washington Redskins7436.111 0
1985NFL Washington Redskins6183.00
Totals25020908.467 12

Defense and Fumbles:

Total Scoring:

Touchdowns Other Total
Year Team Rush Rec Punt Kick MFG Int Fum Other FG X/C Single 2Pt Saf Points
1971NFL New York Jets1200018
1972NFL New York Jets7100048
1973NFL New York Jets4000024
1974NFL New York Jets5200042
1975NFL New York Jets8100054
1976NFL Washington Redskins3100024
1977NFL Washington Redskins0200012
1978NFL Washington Redskins5000030
1979NFL Washington Redskins9300072
1981NFL Washington Redskins13000078
1982NFL Washington Redskins3000018
1983NFL Washington Redskins240000144
1984NFL Washington Redskins14000084
1985NFL Washington Redskins8000048

Playing Career:

Year League Team GP GS
1971NFLNew York Jets1414
1972NFLNew York Jets128
1973NFLNew York Jets1111
1974NFLNew York Jets109
1975NFLNew York Jets1414
1976NFLWashington Redskins1414
1977NFLWashington Redskins55
1978NFLWashington Redskins1515
1979NFLWashington Redskins1615
1981NFLWashington Redskins154
1982NFLWashington Redskins88
1983NFLWashington Redskins1515
1984NFLWashington Redskins1414
1985NFLWashington Redskins1211


- Pro Football Hall of Fame 2nd team All-1980s Team
1978 - AP Comeback Player of the Year
1982 - Super Bowl MVP
1983 - Bert Bell Award (Player of the Year)


1975 - United Press International All-Conference (2nd Team)
1983 - Associated Press All-NFL (1st Team)
1983 - Newspaper Enterprise Association All-NFL (2nd Team)
1983 - Pro Football Weekly All-Conference (1st Team)
1983 - Pro Football Weekly All-NFL (1st Team)
1983 - Pro Football Writers Association All-NFL (1st Team)
1983 - United Press International All-Conference (1st Team)