Running Backs with the Most Rushing Touchdowns in a Game

Old-Time Great And Hall Of Famer, Ernie Nevers

Old-Time Great And Hall Of Famer, Ernie Nevers

Put the NFL (and fantasy football) on notice? In just his fourth pro game ever, New England Patriots‘ running back Jonas Gray ran for 199 yards and scored four touchdowns today against the Indianapolis Colts.

More than 50 RBs in the history of the game have rushed for four TDs in a single game, now including Gray.

Only seven have done better, and that’s including one player from the very first NFL season (1922) in a contest involving two teams that no longer exist, another from 1929 on the “Chicago” Cardinals and one AFL player.

Clearly, punching it in the end zone on foot more than four times in a game is just not something you see that often. We’ve been a bit lucky, though, as it’s also happened three times in the past two decades.

At the top of today’s list is the only running back to run it in a ridiculous six times. It’s Ernie Nevers on that Chicago team not named the Bears.

Everyone else here is at five, including The Man, Jim Brown.

  RUNNING BACK TDS IN GAME FOR AGAINST DATE
1. Ernie Nevers 6 Chicago Cardinals Chicago Bears Nov. 28, 1929
2. Jimmy Conzelman 5 Rock Island Independents Evansville Crimson Giants Oct. 15, 1922
2. Jim Brown 5 Cleveland Browns Baltimore Colts Nov. 1, 1959
2. Cookie Gilchrist* 5 Buffalo Bills New York Jets Dec. 8, 1963
2. Ricky Watters 5 San Francisco 49ers New York Giants Jan. 15, 1994
2. James Stewart 5 Jacksonville Jaguars Philadelphia Eagles Oct. 12, 1997
2. Clinton Portis 5 Denver Broncos Kansas City Chiefs Dec. 7, 2003

* AFL

Photo: icollector.com

Posted on November 16, 2014, in NFL Football and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Gotta love the names of those 1920’s NFL teams – the Rock Island Independents and Evansville Crimson Giants

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