Chargers’ All-Time Rushing TD Leaders
The Chargers began play in the AFL in 1960 as the Los Angeles Chargers and moved to San Diego in 1961. Then, of course, the Chargers merged into the NFL in 1970. The Chargers are zero for one in Super Bowls, but have one championship from their early days in the AFL. And while they have mostly been known as a pass-first team (witness the “Air” Coryell days), the Chargers were the launching pad for the career of LaDainian Tomlinson, arguably one of the Top 5 running backs of all-time. Meanwhile, here is a short list of the all-time leaders to date in Chargers’ history in rushing touchdowns:
LaDainian Tomlinson (138)—LT will forever be known as a fantasy football god, but he helped the Chargers win many games as well. Tomlinson ranks first in team history with 138 rushing touchdowns, and played for the Chargers from 2001 to 2009. His 144 rushing TDs in all to this date ranks him second in NFL history behind Emmitt Smith (164). Tomlinson has made the Pro Bowl five times, including three as a first team All Pro. His best season was 2006, when he rushed for career highs in yards (1815) and rushing touchdowns (28, an NFL record that currently stands as I write this in 2011); adding 56 receptions for 508 yards and another 3 TDs out of the backfield.
Chuck Muncie (43)—Chuck Muncie played for the Chargers from 1980 to 1984, and he ranks second in franchise history with 43 rushing TDs. Muncie had his best season while with the Chargers in 1981. That year, he rushed for 1144 yards with a career high 19 rushing scores (led the NFL); adding 43 receptions for 362 yards as a receiver.
Paul Lowe (38)—Paul Lowe played for the Chargers from 1960 to 1968, and he ranks third in the team’s history with 38 rushing touchdowns. Lowe had a career high (and AFL best) 9 rushing TDs in 1961, but his best overall season was arguably 1965, when Lowe was a first team All Pro. That year, he rushed for a career high (and AFL best) 1121 yards with 6 rushing touchdowns (also led the league); adding 17 catches for another 126 yards and 1 touchdown out of the backfield.
Natrone Means (34)—Natrone Means played for San Diego from 1993 to 1999, and he ranks fourth in Chargers’ history with 34 rushing TDs. Means made the Pro Bowl in 1994, helping the Chargers to reach the Super Bowl, and that was also his best season. That year, Means rushed for career highs in yards (1350), rushing touchdowns (12), receptions (39), and receiving yards (235).
Marion Butts (31)—Marion Butts played for the Chargers from 1989 to 1993, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 31 rushing touchdowns. Butts had a career best 9 rushing TDs in 1989, but his best overall season was likely 1990. That year, Butts rushed for a career high 1225 yards with 8 rushing scores; and added 16 catches for another 117 yards out of the backfield.