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49ers’ All-Time Rushing TD Leaders
The San Francisco 49ers have been a pro football franchise since 1946 with the AAFC and joined the NFL in 1950. They have won five championships, all in the Super Bowl era and four of them with the great Joe Montana at quarterback. But the Niners have also had a history of fielding solid running backs. What follows is a short list of the 49ers’ all-time leaders to date in rushing touchdowns:
Joe Perry (68)—Joe Perry played for the 49ers from 1948 to 1960 and again in 1963. He ranks first in team history with 68 rushing touchdowns, and made the Pro Bowl from 1952 to 1954, and was a first team All Pro in ’53 and ’54. Perry had his best season in 1953, when he rushed for 1018 yards (NFL high) and tied a career high with 10 rushing TDs (also an NFL best), adding 19 catches for another 191 yards and 3 more TDs as a receiver.
Roger Craig (50)—Roger Craig played for San Francisco most of his career, from 1983 to 1990, and ranks second in franchise history with 50 rushing TDs. Craig had arguably his best overall season in 1988, when he was a first team All Pro in helping the Niners win a Super Bowl. That year, he rushed for a career high 1502 yards and tied a career best with 9 rushing scores. He also added 76 receptions for 534 yards and 1 more TD out of the backfield.
Ken Willard (45)—Ken Willard played for the 49ers most of his career, from 1965 to 1973, and he ranks third in team history with 45 rushing touchdowns. Willard had what was likely his best season in 1968, when he rushed for a career high 967 yards and tied a career best with 7 rushing TDs. He also caught 36 passes for another 232 yards that season.
J.D. Smith (37)—J.D. Smith played for San Francisco from 1956 to 1964, and he ranks fourth in Niners’ history with 37 rushing TDs. Smith had his best season in 1959 when he rushed for career highs in yards (1036) and touchdowns (10); adding 13 receptions for 133 yards and 1 more TD out of the backfield.
Steve Young (37)—Steve Young was a Pro Bowl QB who led the Niners to a Super Bowl title in 1994. He also was a mobile quarterback who ranks tied for fourth in franchise history with 37 rushing touchdowns. Young had a career high 7 rushing scores in that 1994 season (arguably his best season), with 293 rushing yards; with 3969 passing yards and another 35 passing touchdowns (led the NFL).