3. DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart — Carolina Panthers, 2008-2014
While Mercury Morris and Larry Csonka were the first backs to both cross 1,000-yards together in the same season, the Carolina Panthers two-headed attack decided to one-up that stat. In 2009, DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart spearheaded a running game that saw them become the first two players to cross 1,100-yards on the ground in the same season for the same team.
Stewart led the way with 1,133 yards but Williams was right behind him with 1,117. That happened to be just the second season in the NFL for Stewart whereas Williams was entering his fourth season. It also presented the Panthers with a very good problem to have — they had two young backs who both needed the ball.
Williams, who was drafted in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft had been good but had yet to really break out. He was coming off a 717-yard season in 2007 when they used their top pick on Stewart in 2008.
Once Stewart was there, Williams kicked it into another gear and had 1,515 yards and a league-leading 18 touchdowns. The rookie Stewart wasn’t a slouch either as he had 836 yards and 10 touchdowns that season as well.
They never again topped the 1,000-yard mark together and Stewart actually never had more than the 809 he had in 2014 while working with Williams (he did gain 989 in 2015 when Williams moved on to Pittsburgh but never crossed the four-digit mark again). Even so, they remained one of the best ground games in the league for several seasons in a row.