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NFL: Tight Ends with the Most Receiving Touchdowns (Career)

Antonio Gates, Superman

Antonio Gates, Superman

The tight end watch is getting really interesting. Already this season, Jason Witten became only the third tight end in NFL history to breach the 10,000-receiving yards plateau. He’s now second all-time behind Tony Gonzalez after surpassing Shannon Sharpe just yesterday.

Twelve-year San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates is now at 9,556 yards and needs to average just 50 yards a game the remainder of this season to become the fourth member of the 10,000-yard club.

Check out the top 20 tight ends with the most career receiving yards in this previous post. There are a couple more actives on the list.

When it comes to tight ends with the most career receiving touchdowns, there are definitely some differences.

It’s still Gonzalez at the top (he is arguably the greatest offensive TE, ever), but it’s Gates this time who’s actually pretty close to topping the record, as opposed to Witten (much farther)  in the yards chase. No way Gates will do it this season – he still needs 18 TDs to break the record. So it will be dependent on whether he returns for 2015. That would most certainly clinch it.

Witten, a little surprisingly, is seventh all-time, behind even the San Francisco 49ersVernon Davis.

Rob Gronkowski already has 46 touchdowns and just made the pros in 2010. Jimmy Graham has 44 and also came through in 2010. These guys have a long way to go yet in the yards department, far below their more aggressive TD pace (but understandable given the short sample of about 3.5 seasons).

Makes you think…there are three kinds of “offensively-performing tight end types”: those who specialize more in scoring, those who collect yards (and probably rescue the quarterback quite often) and the elite who do both.

1. Tony Gonzalez 111 1997 2013
2. Antonio Gates 94 2003 Present
3. Shannon Sharpe 62 1990 2003
4. Jerry Smith 60 1965 1977
5. Vernon Davis 55 2006 Present
6. Wesley Walls 54 1989 2003
7. Dallas Clark 53 2003 2013
7. Jason Witten 53 2003 Present
9. Dave Casper 52 1974 1984
10. Ben Coates 50 1991 2000
11. Keith Jackson 49 1988 1996
12. Raymond Chester 48 1970 1981
13. Ozzie Newsome 47 1978 1990
14. Rob Gronkowski 46 2010 Present
15. Rich Caster 45 1970 1982
15. Kellen Winslow 45 1979 1987
17. Jimmy Graham 44 2010 Present
18. Mike Ditka 43 1961 1972
19. Paul Coffman 42 1978 1988
19. Todd Heap 42 2001 2012

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DeMarco Murray and Running Backs with the Most Carries in a Single Season

Larry Johnson's Actual Cleats From His 2006 Record-Setting Game

Larry Johnson’s Actual Cleats From His 2006 Record-Setting Game

Not only is DeMarco Murray throwing an MVP-worthy season on the grid this season and is now amongst the all-time leaders with consecutive 100-yard rushing games (still active, by the way), he’s on pace to break a couple records, including most carries in a season.

Only five running backs have had more than 400 rushing attempts in one go-round: Larry Johnson, Jamal Anderson, relative-unknown James Wilder, the great Eric Dickerson and Eddie George.

Johnson holds the all-time record with 416 for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2006.

Murray, at 26.5 carries per game, will finish with 424 if he keeps it up.

No one else on 2014’s leaderboard (at the current averages) would make today’s list of the top 20 workhorse running backs with the most carries in one campaign.

1. Larry Johnson 416 2006 Kansas City Chiefs
2. Jamal Anderson 410 1998 Atlanta Falcons
3. James Wilder 407 1984 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4. Eric Dickerson 404 1986 Los Angeles Rams
5. Eddie George 403 2000 Tennessee Titans
6. Gerald Riggs 397 1985 Atlanta Falcons
7. Terrell Davis 392 1998 Denver Broncos
7. Ricky Williams 392 2003 Miami Dolphins
9. Eric Dickerson 390 1983 Los Angeles Rams
9. Barry Foster 390 1992 Pittsburgh Steelers
11. Eric Dickerson 388 1988 Indianapolis Colts
12. Jamal Lewis 387 2003 Baltimore Ravens
12. Edgerrin James 387 2000 Indianapolis Colts
14. Ricky Williams 383 2002 Miami Dolphins
15. Walter Payton 381 1984 Chicago Bears
16. Marcus Allen 380 1985 Los Angeles Raiders
17. Eric Dickerson 379 1984 Los Angeles Rams
18. George Rogers 378 1981 New Orleans Saints
19. Emmitt Smith 377 1995 Dallas Cowboys
20. Michael Turner 376 2008 Atlanta Falcons


NFL: Running Backs with the Most Career Rushing Attempts

Emmitt Smith Took The Ball More Than Any Other Running Back

Emmitt Smith Took The Ball More Than Any Other Running Back

Only one running back in NFL history was given the rock over 4,000 times. It’s football’s all-time rushing yards and rushing touchdowns leader, too.

It’s Emmitt Smith with just another record, and by quite a bit – nearly 600 carries more than second all-time, Walter Payton. That margin alone covers more carries than many running backs’ entire careers.

It’s hard enough to grab the ball 3,000 times – only eight running backs ever have even done that. Eric Dickerson missed it by just four attempts.

1. Emmitt Smith 4,409 1990-2004  Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals
2. Walter Payton 3,838 1975-1987  Chicago Bears
3. Curtis Martin 3,518 1995-2005  New England Patriots, New York Jets
4. Jerome Bettis 3,479 1993-2005  Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers
5. LaDainian Tomlinson 3,174 2001-2011  San Diego Chargers, New York Jets
6. Barry Sanders 3,062 1989-1998  Detroit Lions
7. Edgerrin James 3,028 1999-2009  Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks
8. Marcus Allen 3,022 1982-1997  Los Angeles Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs
9. Eric Dickerson 2,996 1983-1993  Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Raiders, Atlanta Falcons
10. Franco Harris 2,949 1972-1984  Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks
11. Tony Dorsett 2,936 1977-1988  Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos
12. John Riggins 2,916 1971-1985  New York Jets, Washington Redskins
13. Thurman Thomas 2,877 1988-2000  Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins
14. Eddie George 2,865 1996-2004  Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans, Dallas Cowboys
15. Marshall Faulk 2,836 1994-2005  Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams
16. Thomas Jones 2,678 2000-2011  Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs
17. Warrick Dunn 2,669 1997-2008  Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons
18. Ricky Watters 2,622 1992-2001  San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks
18. Steven Jackson 2,622 2004-2014  St. Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons
20. Corey Dillon 2,618 1997-2006  Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots



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