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Atlanta Falcons’ All-Time Rushing TD Leaders
The Atlanta Falcons have been an NFL franchise since 1966 and have only been to one Super Bowl, when they lost to John Elway’s Broncos in the late ‘90’s. The Falcons have also been a floundering mediocre or crappy team for a long time until Michael Vick came along, and then later the trio of Roddy White, Matt Ryan and Michael Turner, who helped turn the Falcons around and make them perennial contenders, at least as I write this in 2011. Here is a short list of the Falcons’ all-time leaders in rushing touchdowns to date:
Gerald Riggs (48)—Gerald Riggs played for the Falcons most of his career, from 1982 to 1988, and he leads the team all-time with 48 rushing touchdowns. Riggs made the Pro Bowl three times, but his best season was arguably 1984, not a Pro Bowl year. That season, Riggs rushed for 1486 yards and had a career best 13 rushing TDs. He also had career highs in receptions (42) and receiving yards (277) that year.
Michael Turner (39)—Michael Turner came over from San Diego and ignited the Falcons’ run game almost instantly. Turner has played for Atlanta since 2008 and already ranks second in franchise history with 39 rushing touchdowns. Turner was a first team All Pro in his first season in Atlanta, with career highs in rushing yards (1699) and rushing touchdowns (17). He also led the NFL that year with 376 rushing attempts.
Jamal Anderson (34)—Jamal Anderson played for the Falcons his entire career, from 1994 to 2001, and he ranks third in team history with 34 rushing TDs. Anderson made the Pro Bowl and was a first team All Pro just one season, the Super Bowl year of 1998. That year, Anderson had career highs in rushing attempts (410, led the NFL), rushing yards (1846) and rushing touchdowns (14), and he added 27 catches for 319 yards, giving him 2165 yards from scrimmage.
T.J. Duckett (31)—T.J. Duckett played in Atlanta from 2002 to 2005, and he ranks fourth in Falcons’ history with 31 rushing TDs. Duckett had his best season in 2003, when he had career highs in rushing yards (779) and rushing touchdowns (11), while adding 11 catches for 94 more yards.
William Andrews (30)—William Andrews played for the Falcons his entire career, from 1979 to 1986, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 30 rushing touchdowns. Andrews made the Pro Bowl four times, and his best season was arguably 1981. That year, Andrews had 1301 rushing yards with career highs in rushing TDs (10), catches (81), receiving yards (735), and total touchdowns (12). He also led the NFL with 2036 yards from scrimmage that season.
Warrick Dunn (30)—Warrick Dunn played for Atlanta from 2002 to 2007, and he ranks tied for fifth in team history with Andrews with 30 rushing TDs. Dunn had a career high 9 rushing scores in 2004, which was one of his best seasons, as he also had 1106 rushing yards, and 29 catches for 294 more yards.