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KANSAS CITY, MO – DECEMBER 24: Larry Johnson #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs the ball in the first half against the San Diego Chargers on December 24, 2005 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Larry W. Smith/Getty Images)

65: Larry Johnson wins AFC rushing title (2005)

Nobody really knew what to expect once it became clear Priest Holmes would no longer be the premiere back in Kansas City. The high-flying Dick Vermeil offense had been exciting to watch, and Holmes was a crucial part of that. But the injury bug had clearly hit him hard. So what would the Chiefs get from Larry Johnson who had been more trouble than production early on?

As it turns out, plenty. Johnson produced an AFC rushing title in helping Kansas City to a 10-6 season. Johnson, despite not even being the starter for seven games, ripped off a team record 1,750 yards at a 5.2 yards per carry pace along with 20 touchdowns. Regardless of anything that would come later in his career, to set rushing records for a team with a rich running back history like the Chiefs is impressive.

Though the Chiefs would miss the playoffs in 2005, there was a ton of excitement because Johnson appeared to be the real deal. Size, speed, and power made Johnson a force to reckon with, but he also proved to be an adept receiver. He was an ideal weapon for the Vermeil offense, and a strong link in the chain of talented running backs to come through Kansas City.

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