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Baltimore Ravens’ All-Time TD Leaders
The Baltimore Ravens were once the Cleveland Browns. That seems odd at this point in time, but I lived in Cleveland when Art Modell packed up and moved, and it was ugly. So ugly that the fans in Cleveland (including me, even though I’m technically a Giants fan) lobbied the NFL with calls and faxes and a few e-mails (it was 1996 after all), and even had a vote on Election Day for a new stadium proposal, which passed. Anyway, the fans in Cleveland were so vehement that the record books in Baltimore began anew in 1996, and the “expansion” Browns that began play in 1999 are considered a continuation of Modell’s Browns, statistically. Wow, I just rambled on a hub. Anyway, here are the passing touchdown leaders for the Ravens to date as I write this in 1996.
Joe Flacco (54)—Finally, the Ravens appear to have a quarterback who is a long-term solution. Flacco is in his third season as I write this, and he is a very talented QB, and maybe the most underrated one in the NFL. Flacco leads the Ravens all-time already with 54 touchdown passes, and his best season is 2010. He is on pace for 3984 passing yards, 25 TDs, and 11 picks—and the yards and TDs would both be career highs.
Vinny Testaverde (51)—Vinny Testaverde played for the Browns and became a Raven by default, playing in Baltimore in 1996 and 1997. Testaverde ranks second in franchise history with 51 TD passes, and 1996 was his best season as a pro. That year, Testaverde had career highs in passing yards (4177) and passing touchdowns (33) with 19 interceptions, on his way to making the Pro Bowl for the first time.
Kyle Boller (45)—Kyle Boller played for Baltimore from 2003 to 2007, and he ranks third in Ravens’ history with 45 touchdown passes. Boller had his best season in 2004, when he started all 16 games, and had career highs in passing yards (2559) and touchdown passes (13), with 11 interceptions.
Tony Banks (25)—Tony Banks played for Baltimore in 1999 and 2000, and he ranks fourth in the team’s history with 25 TD passes. Banks had one of his best seasons as a Raven in 1999, when he started 10 games and threw for 2136 yards, a career best 17 touchdown passes, with 8 picks.
Steve McNair (18)—Steve McNair played for the Ravens in 2006 and 2007, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 18 touchdown passes. McNair was past his prime when he played in Baltimore (he had a career high 24 touchdown passes with Tennessee in 2003), but his 2006 season was pretty decent—3050 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. McNair tragically was killed in July of 2009 in Nashville.