Adrian Peterson, Emmitt Smith and the Most Rushing Touchdowns in NFL History

Emmitt Smith Has the Most Rushing Touchdowns in NFL History. Can Adrian Peterson Catch Him?

Emmitt Smith Has the Most Rushing Touchdowns in NFL History. Can Adrian Peterson Catch Him?

Another one for smack in the middle of the 2013 NFL season. Yesterday we caught up on quarterbacks with the most passing touchdowns ever. Peyton Manning is set to break Brett Favre‘s record within the next two seasons.

What about rushing touchdowns. Who’s got that record and is it in danger of falling any time soon?

Emmitt Smith and No.

Smith rushed for 164 TDs, which seemed like an unbreakable record until LaDainian Tomlinson came close.

Tomlinson retired just 19 touchdowns off the pace. If he played a few more seasons, maybe as a goal-line vulture, he might have caught Smith.

They join six other running backs with at least 100 rushing scores.

Adrian Peterson, who played tonight against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football, has run it in 81 times over his career (through Week 7 of 2013). He’s the top active. Can Peterson catch Smith? He’s about half way there.

Barring injury – it is possible…maybe.

Let’s see. In his first six seasons (2007-2012), Peterson crossed the plane on foot 76 times (+ five times in 2013 so far = 81). Smith, in his first six years, is 20 TDs ahead – 96. Hmm.

Smith went on to play another nine years.

Not only will Peterson have to play catch up, but he’s going to need to be on the field for many more years.

The next few seasons will tell the tale.

PLAYER RUSHING TD CAREER SPAN
1. Emmitt Smith 164  1990-2004
2. LaDainian Tomlinson 145  2001-2011
3. Marcus Allen 123  1982-1997
4. Walter Payton 110  1975-1987
5. Jim Brown 106  1957-1965
6. John Riggins 104  1971-1985
7. Marshall Faulk 100  1994-2005
8. Shaun Alexander 100  2000-2008
9. Barry Sanders 99  1989-1998
10. Jerome Bettis 91  1993-2005
10. Franco Harris 91  1972-1984
12. Eric Dickerson 90  1983-1993
12. Curtis Martin 90  1995-2005
14. Priest Holmes 86  1997-2007
15. Jim Taylor 83  1958-1967
16. Corey Dillon 82  1997-2006
17. Ottis Anderson 81  1979-1992
17. Adrian Peterson 81  2007-present
19. Edgerrin James 80  1999-2009
20. Ricky Watters 78  1992-2001

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Posted on October 21, 2013, in NFL Football and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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