Chicago Bears’ All-Time Receiving TD Leaders

Ken Kavanaugh

Harlon Hill

The Chicago Bears have been around since 1920 when they were the Decatur Staleys, becoming the Chicago Staleys in 1921 and the Chicago Bears in 1922 in the NFL. The Bears have won nine championships in all, but only one in the Super Bowl era, the Jim McMahon/Mike Singletary led team in 1985. And while the Bears have mostly been a defense-first, run-oriented franchise, they also have fielded some great quarterbacks and receivers. Here is a short list of the Bears’ all-time leaders to date in receiving touchdowns:

Ken Kavanaugh (50)—Ken Kavanaugh played for the Bears his entire career, from 1940 to 1950, and he leads the team all-time with 50 touchdown receptions. Kavanaugh made the Pro Bowl twice, and his best season was 1947. That year, Kavanaugh had career highs in receptions (32), receiving yards (818), and receiving TDs (13, led the NFL).

Harlon Hill (40)—Harlon Hill played for the Bears most of his career, from 1954 to 1961, and he ranks second in franchise history with 40 TD receptions. Hill made the Pro Bowl three times, including twice as a first team All Pro, and his best season was arguably 1954. That year, Hill caught 45 passes for 1124 yards and a career best 12 touchdowns (led the NFL).

Dick Gordon (35)—Dick Gordon played in Chicago most of his career, from 1965 to 1971, and ranks third in team history with 35 touchdown catches. Gordon had his best season in 1970, when he was a first team All Pro. That year, he had career highs in catches (71, led the NFL), receiving yards (1026), and receiving TDs (13, also led the league).

Mike Ditka (34)—Tight end Mike Ditka played for the Bears from 1961 to 1966, and he made the Pro Bowl five times with them, including twice as a first team All Pro. Ditka ranks fourth in Bears’ history with 34 touchdown catches, and he had arguably his best season in 1961. That year, Ditka caught 56 passes for career highs in receiving yards (1076), and touchdown catches (12).

Johnny Morris (31)—Johnny Morris played for the Bears his entire career, and ranks fifth in franchise history with 31 TD catches. Morris had his best season in 1964 when he was a first team All Pro with career highs in catches (93), receiving yards (1200) and touchdown receptions (10). All three categories also led the NFL that year.

Curtis Conway (31)—Curtis Conway played for the Bears most of his career, from 1993 to 1999, and he ranks tied for fifth in Bears’ history with 31 touchdown receptions. Conway had his best overall season in 1995. That year, he caught 62 passes for 1037 yards and a career best 12 TD catches.

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