Carolina Panthers’ All-Time Rushing TD Leaders
The Carolina Panthers began play in 1995 and amazingly reached the NFC title game in 1996. Since then, the closest they came to winning a championship was losing to the Patriots in the Super Bowl following the 2003 season. But they have been mostly competitive (as I write this in 2011), something you can’t say about an expansion team. Here is a short list of the Panthers’ all-time leaders to date in rushing touchdowns:
DeAngelo Williams (31)—Memphis University product DeAngelo Williams broke through in 2008, but he’s always had the talent. Williams, who has played with Carolina since 2006, ranks first in Panthers’ history with 31 rushing touchdowns. His best season was that 2008 season, when Williams rushed for career highs in yards (1515) and rushing TDs (18, led the NFL), adding 22 receptions for 121 yards and another 2 touchdowns out of the backfield.
Jonathan Stewart (22)—Jonathan Stewart gives the Panthers an awesome 1-2 punch in the backfield, and since coming into the league in 2008, Stewart has already racked up 22 rushing scores, ranking him second in franchise history. His best season so far was 2009, when Stewart rushed for career best numbers in yards (1133) and rushing TDs (10, tied career high); adding 18 catches for another 139 yards and 1 touchdown as a receiver.
Stephen Davis (20)—Stephen Davis played for the Panthers from 2003 to 2005, and he ranks third in the team’s history with 20 rushing scores. Davis had a career high 17 rushing TDs with the Redskins in 1999, and he had 12 rushing touchdowns in 2005 with the Panthers. But Davis’ best season in Carolina was arguably 2003, when he rushed for a career high 1444 yards with 8 rushing TDs; adding 14 receptions for another 159 yards out of the backfield.
Tim Biakabutuka (14)—Tim Biakabutuka played in Carolina his entire career, from 1996 to 2001, and he ranks fourth in team history with 14 rushing touchdowns. Biakabutuka had his best season in 1999, when he posted career highs in rushing yards (718) and rushing TDs (6); adding 23 catches for another 189 yards as a receiver.
Fred Lane (13)—Fred Lane played for the Panthers his entire career, from 1997 to 1999, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 13 rushing TDs. Lane had his best season his rookie year of 1997, when he had career highs in rushing yards (809) and rushing touchdowns (7); adding 8 receptions for 27 yards as well.