Adrian Peterson, Emmitt Smith and the Most Rushing Touchdowns in NFL History
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.Follow @VinGetz
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Posted on October 21, 2013, in NFL Football and tagged adrian peterson, all time, emmitt smith, football, history, leaders, List, most, nfl, record, rushing, TD, touchdowns. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.