Washington Redskins’ All-Time Rushing TD Leaders

John Riggins

Clinton Portis

The Washington Redskins’ franchise began play in 1932 as the Boston Braves, then became the Boston Redskins in 1933 and moved to Washington DC in 1937. The team has won five championships, including three in the Super Bowl era. They also have typically had strong defense and run games, and here is a short list of the Redskins’ all-time leaders in rushing touchdowns to date:

John Riggins (79)—John Riggins was one of the reasons the Redskins were so awesome in the ‘80’s, but he also had a brilliant offensive line in front of him that was known as The Hogs. Riggins ranks first in team history with 79 rushing touchdowns, and played for them from 1976 to 1985. His best season was 1983, when he was a first team All-Pro by rushing for career highs in yards (1347) and rushing TDs (24, led the NFL). The 24 TDs was an NFL record at the time as well.

Clinton Portis (46)—Clinton Portis has played for the Redskins since 2004, though he is currently a free agent as I write this in 2011. Portis ranks second in franchise history with 46 rushing TDs, and while he had a career high 15 rushing scores with Denver in 2002, Portis’ best season with Washington was in 2005—with 1516 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, and 30 receptions for another 216 yards.

Stephen Davis (45)—Stephen Davis played for the ‘Skins from 1996 to 2002, and he ranks third in the team’s history with 45 rushing touchdowns. Davis made the Pro Bowl in 1999 and 2000 with the Redskins, and 1999 was his best season. That year, Davis rushed for 1405 yards with a career best (and NFL high) 17 rushing TDs; adding 23 receptions for another 111 yards out of the backfield.

Terry Allen (37)—Terry Allen played in Washington from 1995 to 1998, and in those few years racked up 37 rushing TDs, which ranks him fourth in Redskins’ history. Allen made the Pro Bowl in 1996, his best season. That year, Allen had career highs in rushing yards (1353) and rushing touchdowns (21, led the NFL); adding 32 catches for another 194 yards as a receiver.

Larry Brown (35)—Larry Brown played for the Redskins his entire career, from 1969 to 1976, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 35 rushing touchdowns. Brown was a first team All Pro in both 1970 and 1972, and his best season was arguably 1972. That year, Brown rushed for a career high 1216 yards and tied a career high with 8 rushing TDs; adding 32 receptions for 473 yards and 4 more receiving TDs. That gave Brown a career high (and NFL high) 1689 yards from scrimmage.

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