The Redskins finally got back in the win column Sunday with a 23-17 victory in Seattle, and Roy Helu had plenty to do with it. His hurdling 28-yard touchdown run started his team’s rally in the fourth quarter from a 17-7 deficit. He also gained 162 yards from scrimmage – 108 rushing, 54 receiving. That’s the fourth-highest total by a Redskins rookie back since 1960.
Here are the Top 10 in this category:
Notes: Bryant wasn’t really a rookie. He had already played three seasons in the United States Football League and was 26 years old. (In other words, he was merely a first-year NFL player.) So if you want to say Helu’s total is the third-highest since ’60 by a Redskins rookie back, go right ahead… . Jackson gained just 395 yards from scrimmage in his brief (1962-63) pro career… . Morris’ 45 carries against Cincinnati are the NFL record for a single game… . Thomas’ two big games came only 14 days apart… . Helu nearly made the list a second time. He racked up 146 yards from scrimmage (41 rushing, 105 receiving) three weeks ago versus the 49ers.