32 Days to Miami football: Chuck Foreman one of the original versatile RBs

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 13, 1974: (Photo by: Kidwiler Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 13, 1974: (Photo by: Kidwiler Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images) /

Chuck Foreman was one of the original versatile running backs equally adept carrying the ball or as a receiver. Foreman played on the Miami football team from 1970-1972.

Chuck Foreman led the Miami football team in rushing in 1971 and 1972. As a junior in 1971, Foreman ran for 951 yards and 10 touchdowns and added seven receptions for 72 yards. As a senior, Foreman became the versatile running back he would become known for playing for the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL.

Foreman ran for 484 yards and three TDs in 1972 and added 37 receptions for 557 yards and another three TDs. The versatility Foreman provided Miami went beyond his ability as a runner and receiver. Foreman was an adept blocker and punt returner. Foreman’s 86.5 rushing yards per game in 1971 is still 10th in Miami history.

Foreman’s 1972 season was special as he led the Hurricanes in rushing and receiving yards. Foreman finished his Miami career with 3,355 all-purpose yards, 1,631 rushing yards, 732 receiving yards and 992 yards in returns. That currently ranks 10th in Miami football history.

Foreman is only one three Miami Hurricanes in program history with two seasons in all-purpose yards to rank in the top 10. The other two are Miami all-time leading rusher

Duke Johnson

and wide receiver

Santana Moss

. Foreman left Miami as the all-time leading rusher, a record that would be broken by

Ottis Anderson

in 1978.

Foreman had a prolific career with the Vikings. In eight NFL seasons, seven with Minnesota and one with the New England Patriots, Foreman ran for 5,950 yards and 53 TDs and had 350 receptions for 3,156 and another 23 TDs. Foreman was named to the Pro Bowl from 1973-1977.

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Foreman was second-team All-Pro in 1974 and 1977 and first-team All-Pro in 1975 and 1976. The star RB led the NFL with 73 receptions in 1975 and in TDs with 15 in 1974 and 14 in 1976. Those numbers were accomplished in 14 game seasons. With Frank Gore, Foreman is the best number 32 in Miami football history.