NFL Rushing Touchdowns Year-by-Year Leaders

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Leaders Table
Year Player TD Tm
2019Derrick Henry (25)16TEN
2019Aaron Jones (24)16GNB
2018Todd Gurley (24)17LAR
2017Todd Gurley (23)13LAR
2016LeGarrette Blount (29)18NWE
2015Devonta Freeman (23)11ATL
2015Jeremy Hill (22)11CIN
2015Adrian Peterson (30)11MIN
2015DeAngelo Williams (32)11PIT
2014Marshawn Lynch (28)13SEA
2014DeMarco Murray (26)13DAL
2013Jamaal Charles (26)12KAN
2013Marshawn Lynch (27)12SEA
2012Arian Foster (26)15HOU
2011LeSean McCoy (23)17PHI
2010Arian Foster (24)16HOU
2009Adrian Peterson (24)18MIN
2008DeAngelo Williams (25)18CAR
2007LaDainian Tomlinson+ (28)15SDG
2006LaDainian Tomlinson+ (27)28SDG
2005Shaun Alexander (28)27SEA
2004LaDainian Tomlinson+ (25)17SDG
2003Priest Holmes (29)27KAN
2002Priest Holmes (28)21KAN
2001Shaun Alexander (24)14SEA
2000Marshall Faulk+ (27)18STL
1999Stephen Davis (25)17WAS
1998Terrell Davis+ (25)21DEN
1997Karim Abdul-Jabbar (23)15MIA
1997Terrell Davis+ (24)15DEN
1996Terry Allen (28)21WAS
1995Emmitt Smith+ (26)25DAL
1994Emmitt Smith+ (25)21DAL
1993Marcus Allen+ (33)12KAN
1992Emmitt Smith+ (23)18DAL
1991Barry Sanders+ (23)16DET
1990Derrick Fenner (23)14SEA
1990Cleveland Gary (24)14RAM
1989Greg Bell (27)15RAM
1988Greg Bell (26)16RAM
1987Johnny Hector (26)11NYJ
1987Charles White (29)11RAM
1986George Rogers (27)18WAS
1985Joe Morris (24)21NYG
1984Eric Dickerson+ (24)14RAM
1984John Riggins+ (35)14WAS
1983John Riggins+ (34)24WAS
1982Marcus Allen+ (22)11RAI
1981Chuck Muncie (28)19SDG
1980Earl Campbell+ (25)13HOU
1980Billy Sims (24)13DET
1979Earl Campbell+ (24)19HOU
1978David Sims (22)14SEA
1977Walter Payton+ (23)14CHI
1976Franco Harris+ (26)14PIT
1975Pete Banaszak (31)16OAK
1975O.J. Simpson+ (28)16BUF
1974Tom Sullivan (24)11PHI
1973Floyd Little+ (31)12DEN
1973O.J. Simpson+ (26)12BUF
1972Mercury Morris (25)12MIA
1971Duane Thomas (24)11DAL
1970MacArthur Lane (28)11STL
1969Tom Matte (30)11BAL
1969Jim Kiick (23)9MIA
1968Leroy Kelly+ (26)16CLE
1968Paul Robinson (23)8CIN
1967Leroy Kelly+ (25)11CLE
1967Emerson Boozer (24)10NYJ
1966Leroy Kelly+ (24)15CLE
1966Jim Nance (23)11BOS
1965Jim Brown+ (29)17CLE
1965Wray Carlton (28)6BUF
1965Cookie Gilchrist (30)6DEN
1965Paul Lowe (28)6SDG
1965Curtis McClinton (26)6KAN
1964Lenny Moore+ (30)16BAL
1964Sid Blanks (24)6HOU
1964Cookie Gilchrist (29)6BUF
1964Daryle Lamonica (23)6BUF
1963Jim Brown+ (27)12CLE
1963Cookie Gilchrist (28)12BUF
1962Jim Taylor+ (26)19GNB
1962Cookie Gilchrist (27)13BUF
1962Abner Haynes (24)13DTX
1961Jim Taylor+ (25)15GNB
1961Abner Haynes (23)9DTX
1961Paul Lowe (24)9SDG
1960Paul Hornung+ (24)13GNB
1960Abner Haynes (22)9DTX
1959Jim Brown+ (23)14CLE
1958Jim Brown+ (22)17CLE
1957Jim Brown+ (21)9CLE
1956Rick Casares (25)12CHI
1955Alan Ameche (22)9BAL
1954Dan Towler (26)11RAM
1953Joe Perry+ (26)10SFO
1952Dan Towler (24)10RAM
1951Rob Goode (24)9WAS
1950Johnny Lujack (25)11CHI
1949Steve Van Buren+ (28)11PHI
1949Marion Motley+ (29)8CLE
1949Joe Perry+ (22)8SFO
1948Chet Mutryn (27)10BUF
1948Joe Perry+ (21)10SFO
1948Steve Van Buren+ (27)10PHI
1947Spec Sanders (29)18NYY
1947Steve Van Buren+ (26)13PHI
1946Ted Fritsch (25)9GNB
1946Len Eshmont (29)6SFO
1946Don Greenwood (25)6CLE
1946John Kimbrough (28)6LAD
1946Spec Sanders (28)6NYY
1945Steve Van Buren+ (24)15PHI
1944Bill Paschal (23)9NYG
1943Bill Paschal (22)10NYG
1942Gary Famiglietti (28)8CHI
1941Hugh Gallarneau (24)8CHI
1940Johnny Drake (24)9RAM
1939Johnny Drake (23)9RAM
1938Andy Farkas (22)6WAS
1937Cliff Battles+ (27)5WAS
1937Dutch Clark+ (30)5DET
1937Clarke Hinkle+ (28)5GNB
1936Dutch Clark+ (29)7DET
1935Ernie Caddel (24)6DET
1934Dutch Clark+ (27)8DET
1934Beattie Feathers (25)8CHI
1933Glenn Presnell (28)6PRT
1932Bronko Nagurski+ (23)4CHI
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