Cardinals’ All-Time Rushing TD Leaders
The Arizona Cardinals began play as the Chicago Cardinals of the NFL in 1920, though they started play in the APFA. They moved to the NFL in 1922, became the St. Louis Cardinals in 1960, and then the Phoenix Cardinals in 1988 (which became the Arizona Cardinals in 1994). The franchise won two titles, but is 0 for 1 in Super Bowl berths, after they lost to the Steelers following the 2008 season. The Cards have never had a real dominant running back, but they have had a few steady ones. Here is a short list of the Cards’ all-time leaders in rushing touchdowns so far:
Ottis Anderson (46)—Ottis Anderson began his career with the Cardinals, though he may be more recognized for being the Super Bowl MVP with the Giants in Super Bowl XXV. Anderson played in St. Louis from 1979 to 1986, and he ranks first in the team’s history with 46 rushing touchdowns. Anderson was a first team All Pro his rookie season, and while he scored a career high 14 rushing TDs with the Giants in 1989, his best season was probably that rookie campaign. That year, he rushed for a career best 1605 rushing yards, with 8 rushing scores; adding 41 receptions for another 308 yards and two more touchdowns as a receiver.
Wayne Morris (37)—Wayne Morris played for the Cardinals from 1976 to 1983, and he ranks second in franchise history with 37 rushing TDs. Morris had his best season in 1977, when he had career highs in rushing yards (661) and rushing touchdowns (8). That year, Morris also caught 24 passes for 222 yards and 1 TD out of the backfield.
John David Crow (33)—John David Crow played for the Chicago and St. Louis Cardinals 1958 to 1964, and he ranks third in their history with 33 rushing TDs. Crow had a career high 1071 rushing yards in 1960, but his best overall season may have been 1962, when he made the Pro Bowl (one of three selections with the Cards). That year, Crow rushed for 751 yards with a career high 14 rushing scores; adding 23 receptions for 246 yards and three more TDs as a receiver.
Stump Mitchell (32)—Stump Mitchell played for the Cards from 1981 to 1989, which means he moved with the team from St. Louis to Phoenix. Mitchell ranks fourth in team history with 32 rushing scores. He had 9 rushing touchdowns, a career high, in 1984. But Mitchell’s best season was arguably 1985, when he rushed for a career best 1006 yards with 7 rushing TDs; adding career highs also in receptions (47), receiving yards (502), and receiving touchdowns (3).
Johnny Roland (27)—Johnny Roland played most of his career in St. Louis, from 1966 to 1972, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 27 rushing touchdowns. Roland made the Pro Bowl his first two seasons, and his best season was 1967. That year, Roland had career best numbers in rushing yards (876) and rushing TDs (10); adding 20 catches for 269 yards and one more touchdown out of the backfield.
Elmer Angsman (27)—Elmer Angsman played for the Chicago Cardinals from 1946 to 1952, and he ranks tied for fifth in the team’s history with Roland, with 27 rushing scores. Angsman arguably had his best season in 1948, when he rushed for 638 yards with a career high 8 rushing TDs; and added 9 catches for another 142 yards and one more touchdown as a receiver.