Minnesota Vikings’ All-Time Rushing TD Leaders

The Minnesota Vikings have been an NFL franchise since 1961, and have never won a championship in its 50-plus seasons (as I write this in 2011, anyway). The Vikings have, however, been to the Super Bowl four times, but have come up empty each time. But they have a great fan base, and seem to field a very competitive team almost every year. Here is a short list of the Vikings’ all-time leaders to date in rushing touchdowns:

Chuck Foreman (52)—Chuck Foreman played for the Vikings most of his career, from 1973 to 1979, and he ranks first in team history with 52 rushing touchdowns. Foreman made the Pro Bowl five straight seasons, including once as a first team All Pro. He and Walter Payton were two premiere running backs in their day. Foreman had his best season in 1975, the year he was a first team All Pro. That year, he had 1070 rushing yards, and tied a career high with 13 rushing TDs. But what made it a stellar season on top of that was Foreman’s career high (and NFL best) 73 receptions, for 691 yards and 9 more touchdowns, giving him 22 total TDs.

Adrian Peterson (52)—Amazingly, Adrian Peterson already ranks tied for first in franchise history with 52 rushing touchdowns, and he just finished his fourth season as I write this in 2011. Peterson is a fantasy football stud (as Foreman would have been if fantasy existed back then), and he has made the Pro Bowl each year so far, twice as a first team All Pro. Peterson’s best season has been 2009, when he rushed for 1383 yards, and a career high (and NFL best) 18 rushing scores. Peterson also added career high numbers in receptions (43) and receiving yards (436) that season.

Bill Brown (52)—Fullback Bill Brown played for the Vikings most of his career, from 1962 to 1974, and he ranks tied for first in the team’s history with Foreman and Peterson with 52 rushing TDs. Brown made the Pro Bowl four times, he had a career high 11 rushing scores in 1968. But Brown’s best overall season was arguably 1964. That year, he had a career high 866 rushing yards with 7 rushing TDs, but added career highs in catches (48), receiving yards (703) and receiving touchdowns (9); all of that gave him 1569 yards from scrimmage and 16 total touchdowns—also career best numbers.

Ted Brown (40)—Ted Brown, another fullback, played for the Vikings his entire career, from 1979 to 1986, and he ranks fourth in team history with 40 rushing touchdowns. Brown had a career best 10 rushing scores in 1983, but his best season was probably 1981. That year, Brown had a career high 1063 rushing yards with 6 rushing TDs, and added career highs in receptions (83) and receiving yards (694) with 2 more touchdowns receiving.

Robert Smith (32)—Robert Smith played for the Vikings his entire career, from 1993 to 2000, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 32 rushing TDs. Smith had his best season in 2000, with career highs in rushing yards (1521), rushing touchdowns (7); with 36 catches for 348 yards and 3 more touchdowns as a receiver.

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