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Career touchdown lengths

Posted by Chase Stuart on March 15, 2010

Mostly a data dump today. With the 2009 season in the books, I thought it would be a good time to look at career touchdown lengths for the best guys at throwing, catching and running for touchdowns. All three tables include all career touchdowns except those that came: (1) while in the AAFC or any other non-NFL league besides the AFL; (2) in the post-season; (3) before 1940.

Passing: I've included all QBs who have thrown at least 125 touchdown passes that weren't nullified by those three criteria:

name years tms tds avg median
Norm Van Brocklin 1949--1960 ram-phi 171 30.9 26
Sid Luckman 1939--1950 chi 134 28.8 25
Daryle Lamonica 1963--1974 buf-rai 164 26.5 23
Sammy Baugh 1937--1952 was 168 26.5 23
Bart Starr 1956--1971 gnb 152 28.0 22.5
Bobby Layne 1948--1962 chi-nyy-det-pit 196 26.4 22.5
Babe Parilli 1952--1969 gnb-cle-rai-nwe-nyj 178 27.1 21.5
Earl Morrall 1956--1976 sfo-pit-det-nyg-clt-mia 161 27.5 21
Joe Namath 1965--1977 nyj-ram 173 26.5 21
Charlie Conerly 1948--1961 nyg 173 24.8 21
Jim Hart 1966--1984 crd-was 209 27.9 21
Tobin Rote 1950--1966 gnb-det-sdg-den 148 27.1 20
Frank Ryan 1958--1970 ram-cle-was 149 24.7 20
John Brodie 1957--1973 sfo 214 25.7 20
Len Dawson 1957--1975 pit-cle-kan 239 26.9 20
Johnny Unitas 1956--1973 clt-sdg 290 26.1 20
Steve Grogan 1975--1990 nwe 182 24.7 19.5
John Hadl 1962--1977 sdg-ram-gnb-oti 244 26.9 19.5
Roger Staubach 1969--1979 dal 153 23.2 19
Charley Johnson 1961--1975 crd-oti-den 170 26.6 19
Chris Chandler 1988--2004 clt-tam-crd-ram-oti-atl-chi 170 25.7 19
Norm Snead 1961--1976 was-phi-min-nyg-sfo 196 25.3 19
Y.A. Tittle 1948--1964 bcl-sfo-nyg 212 24.1 19
Jim Plunkett 1971--1986 nwe-sfo-rai 164 24.0 18.5
Steve Bartkowski 1975--1986 atl-ram 156 23.4 18
Craig Morton 1965--1982 dal-nyg-den 183 24.7 18
Dan Fouts 1973--1987 sdg 254 21.8 18
Ken O'Brien 1984--1993 nyj-phi 128 23.9 17
Brian Sipe 1974--1983 cle 154 19.9 17
Ken Anderson 1971--1986 cin 197 23.8 17
Jim Everett 1986--1997 ram-nor-sdg 203 21.3 17
Terry Bradshaw 1970--1983 pit 212 21.2 17
George Blanda 1949--1975 chi-bcl-oti-rai 235 24.6 17
Sonny Jurgensen 1957--1974 phi-was 255 24.7 17
John Elway 1983--1998 den 300 20.8 17
Fran Tarkenton 1961--1978 min-nyg 342 23.0 17
Don Meredith 1960--1968 dal 135 23.6 16
Trent Green 1997--2008 was-ram-kan-mia 162 20.9 16
Ron Jaworski 1974--1989 ram-phi-mia-kan 179 21.8 16
Ken Stabler 1970--1984 rai-oti-nor 194 21.4 16
Phil Simms 1979--1993 nyg 199 20.0 16
Roman Gabriel 1962--1977 ram-phi 201 24.1 16
Randall Cunningham 1985--2001 phi-min-dal-rav 207 22.9 16
Boomer Esiason 1984--1997 cin-nyj-crd 247 20.5 16
Archie Manning 1971--1984 nor-oti-min 125 21.4 15
Neil Lomax 1981--1988 crd 136 20.8 15
Daunte Culpepper 1999--2009 min-mia-rai-det 149 21.0 15
Jeff George 1990--2001 clt-atl-rai-min-was 154 21.9 15
Danny White 1976--1988 dal 155 21.1 15
Tommy Kramer 1977--1990 min-nor 159 21.2 15
Jeff Garcia 1999--2009 sfo-cle-det-phi-tam 161 22.0 15
Joe Ferguson 1973--1990 buf-det-tam-clt 196 21.2 15
Drew Brees 2001--2009 sdg-nor 202 20.5 15
Jim Kelly 1986--1996 buf 237 22.4 15
Joe Montana 1979--1994 sfo-kan 273 23.1 15
Vinny Testaverde 1987--2007 tam-cle-rav-nyj-dal-nwe-car 275 19.9 15
Jim Harbaugh 1987--2000 chi-clt-rav-sdg 129 22.3 14
Lynn Dickey 1971--1985 oti-gnb 141 21.7 14
Matt Hasselbeck 1999--2009 gnb-sea 164 17.0 14
Brad Johnson 1994--2008 min-was-tam-dal 166 20.4 14
Rich Gannon 1987--2004 min-was-kan-rai 180 18.4 14
Kerry Collins 1995--2009 car-nor-nyg-rai-oti 192 21.3 14
Dave Krieg 1980--1998 sea-kan-det-crd-chi-oti 261 19.2 14
Warren Moon 1984--2000 oti-min-sea-kan 291 20.7 14
Peyton Manning 1998--2009 clt 366 20.0 14
Ben Roethlisberger 2004--2009 pit 127 18.6 13
Jeff Blake 1992--2005 nyj-cin-nor-rav-crd-phi-chi 134 21.4 13
Steve Beuerlein 1988--2003 rai-dal-crd-jax-car-den 147 20.0 13
Billy Kilmer 1961--1978 sfo-nor-was 152 20.1 13
Joe Theismann 1974--1985 was 160 19.6 13
Steve McNair 1995--2007 oti-rav 174 19.3 13
Bob Griese 1967--1980 mia 192 19.4 13
Steve Young 1985--1999 tam-sfo 232 21.2 12.5
Carson Palmer 2004--2009 cin 128 19.4 12
Jon Kitna 1997--2008 sea-cin-det 152 19.0 12
Troy Aikman 1989--2000 dal 165 18.9 12
Mark Brunell 1994--2009 gnb-jax-was-nor 182 18.3 12
Dan Marino 1983--1999 mia 420 19.4 12
Brett Favre 1991--2009 atl-gnb-nyj-min 497 18.4 12
Eli Manning 2004--2009 nyg 125 17.3 11
Bobby Hebert 1985--1996 nor-atl 135 18.2 11
Steve DeBerg 1978--1998 sfo-den-tam-kan-mia-atl 196 18.8 11
Tom Brady 2000--2009 nwe 225 18.4 11
Drew Bledsoe 1993--2006 nwe-buf-dal 251 17.8 11
Donovan McNabb 1999--2009 phi 216 19.9 10.5
Jake Plummer 1997--2006 crd-den 161 17.9 10
Kurt Warner 1998--2009 ram-nyg-crd 209 17.6 10

Rushing: All players with at least 40 rushing touchdowns:

name years tms tds avg median
Barry Sanders 1989--1998 det 99 19.6 11
Lenny Moore 1956--1967 clt 63 17.1 8
James Brooks 1981--1992 sdg-cin-cle-tam 49 15.3 8
Ollie Matson 1952--1966 crd-ram-det-phi 40 18.7 7.5
Fred Taylor 1998--2009 jax-nwe 66 16.8 7
Tony Dorsett 1977--1988 dal-den 77 15.2 7
O.J. Simpson 1969--1979 buf-sfo 61 19.8 6
Warrick Dunn 1997--2008 tam-atl 49 17.6 6
Maurice Jones-Drew 2006--2009 jax 49 15.5 6
Chris Warren 1990--2000 sea-dal-phi 52 12.5 6
Adrian Peterson 2007--2009 min 40 17.7 5
Steve Van Buren 1944--1951 phi 69 11.6 5
Rudi Johnson 2001--2008 cin-det 49 7.2 5
Abner Haynes 1960--1967 kan-den-mia-nyj 46 14.3 4.5
Ahman Green 1998--2009 sea-gnb-htx 60 15.6 4
Tiki Barber 1997--2006 nyg 55 14.5 4
Neal Anderson 1986--1993 chi 51 14.1 4
Joe Perry 1948--1963 sfo-clt 53 13.4 4
Steven Jackson 2004--2009 ram 41 13.0 4
Wilbert Montgomery 1977--1985 phi-det 45 11.2 4
Clinton Portis 2002--2009 den-was 73 11.2 4
Deuce McAllister 2001--2008 nor 49 9.3 4
Antowain Smith 1997--2005 buf-nwe-oti-nor 54 9.3 4
Thurman Thomas 1988--2000 buf-mia 65 8.4 4
Steve Young 1985--1999 tam-sfo 43 8.2 4
Priest Holmes 1997--2007 rav-kan 86 8.1 4
Eddie George 1996--2004 oti-dal 68 7.8 4
Earnest Byner 1984--1997 cle-was-rav 56 6.1 4
Jim Brown 1957--1965 cle 106 13.3 3.5
Ricky Williams 1999--2009 nor-mia 62 12.4 3.5
George Rogers 1981--1987 nor-was 54 10.4 3.5
Walter Payton 1975--1987 chi 110 9.4 3.5
LaDainian Tomlinson 2001--2009 sdg 138 9.3 3.5
Calvin Hill 1969--1981 dal-was-cle 42 7.3 3.5
Terrell Davis 1995--2001 den 60 12.2 3
John Henry Johnson 1954--1966 sfo-det-pit-oti 48 11.4 3
J.D. Smith 1956--1966 chi-sfo-dal 40 11.2 3
Floyd Little 1967--1975 den 43 11.2 3
Willis McGahee 2004--2009 buf-rav 50 10.8 3
Corey Dillon 1997--2006 cin-nwe 82 10.8 3
Shaun Alexander 2000--2008 sea-was 100 9.9 3
Thomas Jones 2000--2009 crd-tam-chi-nyj 62 9.2 3
Joe Morris 1982--1991 nyg-cle 50 9.1 3
Leroy Kelly 1964--1973 cle 74 9.1 3
Eric Dickerson 1983--1993 ram-clt-rai-atl 90 9.1 3
Wendell Tyler 1977--1986 ram-sfo 50 8.6 3
Jim Taylor 1958--1967 gnb-nor 83 8.5 3
Larry Johnson 2003--2009 kan-cin 55 8.4 3
Emmitt Smith 1990--2004 dal-crd 164 8.4 3
Marshall Faulk 1994--2005 clt-ram 100 8.3 3
Ottis Anderson 1979--1992 crd-nyg 81 8.0 3
Natrone Means 1993--2000 sdg-jax-car 45 7.8 3
Franco Harris 1972--1984 pit-sea 91 7.6 3
Curtis Martin 1995--2005 nwe-nyj 90 7.5 3
Emerson Boozer 1966--1975 nyj 52 7.1 3
Paul Hornung 1957--1966 gnb 50 6.9 3
Donny Anderson 1966--1974 gnb-crd 41 5.2 3
Tyrone Wheatley 1995--2004 nyg-rai 40 7.4 2.5
Billy Sims 1980--1984 det 42 7.2 2.5
Roger Craig 1983--1993 sfo-rai-min 56 6.3 2.5
Dan Towler 1950--1955 ram 43 12.8 2
Jamal Lewis 2000--2009 rav-cle 58 11.4 2
Herschel Walker 1986--1997 dal-min-phi-nyg 61 11.0 2
Rick Casares 1955--1966 chi-was-mia 49 9.4 2
Jim Nance 1965--1973 nwe-nyj 45 8.6 2
Earl Campbell 1978--1985 oti-nor 74 8.1 2
Sam Cunningham 1973--1982 nwe 43 7.8 2
Greg Bell 1984--1990 buf-ram-rai 51 7.4 2
Chuck Muncie 1976--1984 nor-sdg 71 7.2 2
Mike Alstott 1996--2006 tam 58 7.2 2
Tom Matte 1961--1972 clt 45 6.9 2
Jerome Bettis 1993--2005 ram-pit 91 6.5 2
Terry Allen 1991--2001 min-was-nwe-nor-rav 73 6.3 2
Kevin Mack 1985--1993 cle 46 6.3 2
Edgerrin James 1999--2009 clt-crd-sea 80 6.3 2
Curt Warner 1983--1990 sea-ram 56 6.2 2
Marion Butts 1989--1995 sdg-nwe-oti 43 6.2 2
Rodney Hampton 1990--1997 nyg 49 6.0 2
Ricky Watters 1992--2001 sfo-phi-sea 78 5.9 2
Christian Okoye 1987--1992 kan 40 5.7 2
Don Perkins 1961--1968 dal 42 5.6 2
Marion Barber 2005--2009 dal 43 5.4 2
Chuck Foreman 1973--1980 min-nwe 53 5.0 2
Brandon Jacobs 2005--2009 nyg 40 4.9 2
Marcus Allen 1982--1997 rai-kan 123 4.8 2
Johnny Hector 1983--1992 nyj 41 4.4 2
James Stewart 1995--2002 jax-det 48 4.3 2
Larry Csonka 1968--1979 mia-nyg 64 4.1 2
Larry Kinnebrew 1983--1990 cin-buf 44 2.6 2
T.J. Duckett 2002--2008 atl-was-det-sea 44 5.0 1.5
John Riggins 1971--1985 nyj-was 104 4.3 1.5
Mike Pruitt 1976--1986 cle-buf-kan 51 8.4 1
Ron A. Johnson 1969--1975 cle-nyg 40 7.3 1
Stephen Davis 1996--2006 was-car-ram 65 7.0 1
Alan Ameche 1955--1960 clt 40 6.0 1
Pete Johnson 1977--1984 cin-sdg-mia 76 5.4 1
Ted Brown 1979--1986 min 40 4.8 1
Bill Brown 1961--1974 chi-min 52 4.5 1
Pete Banaszak 1966--1978 rai 47 3.7 1
Gerald Riggs 1982--1991 atl-was 69 3.6 1
Ken Willard 1965--1974 sfo-crd 45 3.6 1
Jack Kemp 1957--1969 pit-sdg-buf 40 3.4 1
Don McCauley 1971--1981 clt 40 2.1 1

Receiving: All players with 50 or more receiving touchdowns:

name years tms tds avg median
Bob Hayes 1965--1975 dal-sfo 71 40.9 38
Carroll Dale 1960--1973 ram-gnb-min 52 38.5 37.5
Elroy Hirsch 1946--1957 cra-ram 52 37.5 36.5
Lance Alworth 1962--1972 sdg-dal 85 35.9 36
Ken Kavanaugh 1940--1950 chi 50 37.8 34
Ray Renfro 1952--1963 cle 50 34.5 34
Don Maynard 1958--1973 nyg-nyj-crd 88 34.8 33.5
Del Shofner 1957--1967 ram-nyg 51 35.7 33
Wesley Walker 1977--1989 nyj 71 34.8 33
Joey Galloway 1995--2009 sea-dal-tam-nwe 77 32.2 32
Hugh Taylor 1947--1954 was 58 34.7 31.5
Stanley Morgan 1977--1990 nwe-clt 72 35.2 30
Tony Hill 1977--1986 dal 51 31.1 30
Max McGee 1954--1967 gnb 50 32.4 29
Harold Jackson 1968--1983 ram-phi-nwe-min-sea 76 31.9 28.5
Gene A. Washington 1969--1979 sfo-det 60 29.0 27.5
Isaac Curtis 1973--1984 cin 53 33.1 27
Mark Duper 1982--1992 mia 59 31.6 27
Cliff Branch 1972--1985 rai 67 31.0 27
Tony Martin 1990--2001 mia-sdg-atl 56 30.2 27
Paul Warfield 1964--1977 cle-mia 85 29.1 27
Drew Hill 1979--1993 ram-oti-atl 60 27.7 26
Roy Green 1979--1992 crd-phi 66 29.1 25.5
Tommy McDonald 1957--1968 phi-dal-ram-atl-cle 84 28.8 25.5
James Lofton 1978--1993 gnb-rai-buf-ram-phi 75 31.8 25
Roy Jefferson 1965--1976 pit-clt-was 52 28.0 25
Randy Moss 1998--2009 min-rai-nwe 148 27.5 24.5
Steve Smith 2001--2009 car 50 31.1 24
Jimmy Orr 1958--1970 pit-clt 66 29.9 24
Otis Taylor 1965--1975 kan 57 29.5 24
Amani Toomer 1996--2008 nyg 54 27.2 24
Anthony Carter 1985--1995 min-det 55 27.0 24
Billy Howton 1952--1963 gnb-cle-dal 61 31.5 23
Bobby Mitchell 1958--1968 cle-was 65 30.8 23
Henry Ellard 1983--1998 ram-was-nwe 65 27.8 23
Irving Fryar 1984--2000 nwe-mia-phi-was 84 26.2 23
Anthony Miller 1988--1997 sdg-den-dal 63 26.0 23
Frank Clarke 1957--1967 cle-dal 50 29.3 22.5
Gary Clark 1985--1995 was-crd-mia 65 28.4 22
Charlie Joiner 1969--1986 oti-cin-sdg 65 25.8 22
Wes Chandler 1978--1988 nor-sdg-sfo 56 25.8 22
Art Powell 1959--1968 phi-nyj-rai-buf-min 81 25.4 22
Gary Garrison 1966--1977 sdg-oti 58 26.8 21.5
Sammy White 1976--1985 min 50 24.5 21.5
Sonny Randle 1959--1968 crd-sfo-dal 65 26.6 21
Terrell Owens 1996--2009 sfo-phi-dal-buf 144 26.3 20.5
Mike Quick 1982--1990 phi 61 29.2 20
Curtis Conway 1993--2004 chi-sdg-nyj-sfo 52 27.3 20
Jerry Rice 1985--2004 sfo-rai-sea 197 26.8 20
Tim Brown 1988--2004 rai-tam 100 24.6 20
Derrick Mason 1997--2009 oti-rav 59 24.2 20
Plaxico Burress 2000--2008 pit-nyg 55 24.2 20
Jimmy Smith 1992--2005 dal-jax 67 23.4 20
Reggie Wayne 2001--2009 clt 63 23.1 20
Chris Burford 1960--1967 kan 55 22.9 20
Steve Largent 1976--1989 sea 100 22.5 19.5
Torry Holt 1999--2009 ram-jax 74 24.4 19
Mark Clayton 1983--1993 mia-gnb 84 23.7 19
Fred Biletnikoff 1965--1978 rai 76 21.1 18.5
Charley Hennigan 1960--1966 oti 51 26.4 18
Charley Taylor 1964--1977 was 79 25.5 18
Antonio Freeman 1995--2003 gnb-phi 61 25.0 18
Pete Pihos 1947--1955 phi 61 21.4 18
Lynn Swann 1974--1982 pit 51 21.2 18
Michael Irvin 1988--1999 dal 65 24.4 17
Don Hutson 1935--1945 gnb 63 24.0 17
Joe Horn 1996--2007 kan-nor-atl 58 22.5 17
Marvin Harrison 1996--2008 clt 128 22.2 17
John Stallworth 1974--1987 pit 63 22.2 17
Herman Moore 1991--2002 det-nyg 62 21.9 17
Art Monk 1980--1995 was-nyj-phi 68 21.9 16.5
Andre Reed 1985--2000 buf-was 87 24.0 16
Chris Chambers 2001--2009 mia-sdg-kan 57 23.0 16
Rod Smith 1995--2006 den 68 21.6 16
Sterling Sharpe 1988--1994 gnb 65 21.4 16
Terance Mathis 1990--2002 nyj-atl-pit 63 21.0 16
Andre Rison 1989--2000 clt-atl-cle-jax-gnb-kan-rai 84 20.8 16
Darrell Jackson 2000--2008 sea-sfo-den 51 24.3 15
Keenan McCardell 1992--2007 cle-jax-tam-sdg-was 63 21.7 15
Nat Moore 1974--1986 mia 74 20.1 15
Keyshawn Johnson 1996--2006 nyj-tam-dal-car 64 17.9 15
Haven Moses 1968--1981 buf-den 56 21.9 14
Gary Collins 1962--1971 cle 70 17.2 14
Chad Ochocinco 2001--2009 cin 62 25.5 13.5
Raymond Berry 1955--1967 clt 68 20.7 13
Hines Ward 1998--2009 pit 78 18.7 13
Harold Carmichael 1971--1984 phi-dal 79 17.8 13
Cris Carter 1987--2002 phi-min-mia 130 17.8 13
Ed McCaffrey 1991--2003 nyg-sfo-den 55 17.7 13
Shannon Sharpe 1990--2003 den-rav 62 18.7 12.5
Muhsin Muhammad 1996--2009 car-chi 62 16.2 12.5
Dave Casper 1974--1984 rai-oti-min 52 14.4 12.5
Ricky Proehl 1990--2006 crd-sea-chi-ram-car-clt 54 20.1 12
Isaac Bruce 1994--2009 ram-sfo 91 19.6 12
Antonio Gates 2003--2009 sdg 59 15.9 12
Tony Gonzalez 1997--2009 kan-atl 82 14.0 12
Haywood Jeffires 1987--1996 oti-nor 50 16.6 11.5
Jerry Smith 1965--1977 was 60 13.9 11.5
Larry Fitzgerald 2004--2009 crd 59 15.2 11
Carl Pickens 1992--2000 cin-oti 63 17.5 10
Wesley Walls 1989--2003 sfo-nor-car-gnb 54 12.7 10
Ben Coates 1991--2000 nwe-rav 50 12.8 7.5

You can see all of the touchdowns for any individual player you want by simply going to their P-F-R page, clicking the TD log link, and resorting the list. So Chris Johnson's median rush length in his young career is 21 yards.

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