Philadelphia Eagles’ All-Time Receiving TD Leaders

Harold Carmichael

Tommy McDonald

The Philadelphia Eagles began their NFL existence in 1933, and the team has won three championships, though none in the Super Bowl era. The Eagles are a highly explosive offensive team as I write this in 2011, and while they weren’t always this way, the team always seems to field great quarterbacks and receivers. Here is a short list of the Eagles’ all-time leaders in receiving touchdowns to date:

Harold Carmichael (79)—Harold Carmichael played for the Eagles most of his career, from 1971 to 1983, and he ranks first in the team’s history with 79 touchdown receptions. Carmichael, who made the Pro Bowl four times, had a career best 11 touchdown catches in 1979, but his best overall season was arguably 1973. That year, Carmichael had career highs in catches (67) and receiving yards (1116), with 9 touchdowns. The catches and yards also led the NFL that season.

Tommy McDonald (66)—Tommy McDonald played in Philadelphia from 1957 to 1963, and he ranks second in franchise history with 66 touchdown catches. McDonald had his best season in 1961, when he caught 64 passes for 1144 yards (led the NFL), with a 13 TD receptions, which tied a career high.

Mike Quick (61)—Mike Quick played for the Eagles his entire career, from 1982 to 1990, and he ranks third in team history with 61 TD receptions. Quick made the Pro Bowl five times, two of those as a first team All Pro, and his best season overall was arguably 1983. That year, Quick caught 69 passes for career highs in receiving yards (1409, led the NFL) and receiving touchdowns (13).

Pete Pihos (61)—Pete Pihos is a Hall of Famer who played in Philadelphia his entire career, from 1947 to 1955; and he ranks tied for third in Eagles’ history with 61 touchdown receptions. Pihos had a career best 11 TD catches in 1948, but his best overall season was probably 1953, one of five seasons in which Pihos was a first team All Pro. That year, Pihos had career highs in receptions (63) and receiving yards (1049), with 10 touchdown catches—and all three led the NFL that season.

Pete Retzlaff (47)—Pete Retzlaff played for the Eagles from 1956 to 1966, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 47 touchdown catches. Retzlaff had his best season in 1965, when he was a first team All Pro. That year, Retzlaff had career best numbers in catches (66), receiving yards (1190), and TD receptions (10).

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Husky1970 5 years ago

I remember Harold Carmichael and Tommy MacDonald from back in the days when us New Englanders were NY Giants fans. Thanks for the memories. Go Eagles!


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alinadelea 5 years ago

Good article,thanks.

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