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NFL Running Backs with the Most Long Rushing Touchdowns: 50 Yards or More, Regular Season

Barry Sanders Busting Out On Another One Of Those Long Touchdown Runs

Barry Sanders Busting Out On Another One Of Those Long Touchdown Runs

It’s part two of Sports List of the Day‘s three-part look at players with the most long touchdowns. Yesterday, we saw quarterbacks with the most long passing TDs. Today, how about running backs with rushing touchdowns of 50 yards or more?

And who has the most? Barry Sanders, with 15.

And, sadly on many fronts, who was poised to break that record, but might not get the chance (and certainly won’t in 2014, it is becoming apparent)? Adrian Peterson.

The great Jim Brown (high on just about every important career rushing list) and current New York Jet Chris Johnson are the only other two running backs in NFL history with 10 or more rushing touchdowns of at least 50 yards.

Recognize any of your personal fantasy RBs below? Some of these guys may not be the best running backs of all time (and most will never whiff the Hall of Fame), but surely they were go-to or filler players for your teams over the past 10+ years – Ahman Green, Fred Taylor, Warrick Dunn, Napoleon Kaufman and even actives MJD and DeAngelo Williams.

Hopefully you were playing them when they had their big runs.

Tomorrow, part three – receivers!

1. Barry Sanders 15 Detroit Lions 1989-1998
2. Adrian Peterson 13 Minnesota Vikings 2007-Present*
3. Jim Brown 12 Cleveland Browns 1957-1965
4. Chris Johnson 11 Tennessee Titans 2008-Present
5. Ollie Matson 8 St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles 1952-1966
5. Lenny Moore 8 Baltimore Colts 1956-1967
5. O.J. Simpson 8 Buffalo Bills 1969-1976
5. Robert Smith 8 Minnesota Vikings 1993-2000
5. Fred Taylor 8 Jacksonville Jaguars 1998-2010
10. Ahman Green 7 Green Bay Packers 1998-2009
10. Maurice Jones-Drew 7 Jacksonville Jaguars 2006-Present
10. DeAngelo Williams 7 Carolina Panthers 2006-Present
13. Tiki Barber 6 New York Giants 1997-2006
13. Jamaal Charles 6 Kansas City Chiefs 2008-Present
13. Terrell Davis 6 Denver Broncos 1995-2001
13. Tony Dorsett 6 Dallas Cowboys 1977-1988
13. Warrick Dunn 6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons 1997-2008
13. Napoleon Kaufman 6 Oakland Raiders 1995-2000
13. Joe Perry 6 San Francisco 49ers 1948-1963
13. Emmitt Smith 6 Dallas Cowboys 1990-2004
13. LaDainian Tomlinson 6 San Diego Chargers 2001-2011


Peyton Manning, Tony Romo, Drew Brees and Quarterbacks with the Most Long Passing Touchdowns: 50 Yards or More, Regular Season

Johnny Unitas Threw The Most TD Bombs Of All Time

Johnny Unitas Threw The Most TD Bombs Of All Time

Three-time champion (two NFL and one Super Bowl) quarterback Johnny Unitas threw for more long touchdowns than anyone in NFL history, but Peyton Manning is closing in.

Unitas went deep for the score (50 yards or more) 51 times, the only QB to do it over 50 times in a career.

Manning sits at 42, one behind Brett Favre.

Two other actives make today’s list: Tony Romo, who surprisingly has more TD bombs in the books than the more experienced Drew Brees.

Below find the long arms of the NFL: top 20 QBs with the most 50-yard or more passing touchdowns.

Thanks to‘s play index, where I punched in this query, and where you can see every quarterback who threw for at least one touchdown that spanned half the grid or more.

1. Johnny Unitas 51 Baltimore Colts 1956-1973
2. John Hadl 46 San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers, Houston Oilers 1962-1977
3. Fran Tarkenton 44 Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants 1961-1978
4. Brett Favre 43 Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings 1991-2010
5. Peyton Manning 42 Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos 1998-Present
6. Jim Hart 39 St. Louis Cardinals 1966-1984
7. Len Dawson 38 Kansas City Chiefs 1957-1975
7. Sonny Jurgensen 38 Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins 1957-1974
9. Dan Marino 37 Miami Dolphins 1983-1999
10. Y.A. Tittle 36 San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants 1948-1964
11. Joe Montana 35 San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs 1979-1994
12. Norm Van Brocklin 34 Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles 1949-1960
12. George Blanda 34 Chicago Bears, Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders 1949-1975
14. Tony Romo 33 Dallas Cowboys 2004-Present
15. John Brodie 32 San Francisco 49ers 1957-1973
16. Charley Johnson 30 St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Oilers, Denver Broncos 1961-1975
16. Jim Kelly 30 Buffalo Bills 1986-1996
18. Drew Brees 29 San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints 2001-Present
18. Roman Gabriel 29 Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles 1962-1977
18. Warren Moon 29 Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks 1984-2000
18. Otto Graham 29 Cleveland Browns 1946-1955


Top 10 Players with the Most Touchdowns in Super Bowl History

Jerry Rice About To Score The First Of His Three Touchdowns Against The Denver Broncos In Super Bowl XXIV

Jerry Rice About To Score The First Of His Three Touchdowns Against The Denver Broncos In Super Bowl XXIV

Does a stat get more important than this? Maybe, but this has got to be up there – and so is Jerry Rice.

These are the top 10 NFLers with the most all-purpose touchdowns in Super Bowl history. That would be total rushing and receiving TDs (and any other kind, but no other returner or interceptor has as many total touchdowns as these guys in the big game).

Passing TDs are a bit of a different story. You can see the top 10 quarterbacks with the most passing touchdowns here. Then again, there is one QB who makes today’s list. John Elway has four rushing TDs – more than his three passing touchdowns. Now how about that.

As for these all-purpose TD leaders, it’s THE Jerry Rice with eight fat Super Bowl touchdowns at the top – and for two different teams at that. He’s got three more TDs – what many of the below have in total – than second-place Emmitt Smith.

Did you want to check out every player with at least two all-purpose Super Bowl touchdowns? Then check out the query I ran at my source,

1. Jerry Rice 8 8 0 San Francisco 49ers (XXIII, XXIV, XXIX); Oakland Raiders (XXXVII)
2. Emmitt Smith 5 0 5 Dallas Cowboys (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX)
3. Roger Craig  4 2 2 San Francisco 49ers (XIX, XXIV)
3. John Elway 4 0 4 Denver Broncos (XXI, XXIV, XXXII, XXXIII)
3. Franco Harris 4 0 4 Pittsburgh Steelers (IX, XIII, XIV)
3. Thurman Thomas 4 0 4 Buffalo Bills (XXV, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII)
7. Cliff Branch  3 3 0 Oakland Raiders (XV); Los Angeles Raiders (XVIII)
7. Terrell Davis  3 0 3 Denver Broncos (XXXII)
7. Antonio Freeman  3 3 0 Green Bay Packers (XXXI, XXXII)
7. John Stallworth 3 3 0 Pittsburgh Steelers (XIII, XIV)
7. Lynn Swann 3 3 0 Pittsburgh Steelers (X, XIII, XIV)
7. Ricky Watters  3 2 1 San Francisco 49ers (XXIX)

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