Cincinnati Bengals’ All-Time Rushing TD Leaders
The Cincinnati Bengals began play in the AFL in 1968, and they merged into the NFL in 1970. The Bengals are one of a handful of teams that have never won a Super Bowl (as I write this in 2011), and they are zero for two in Super Bowls. The Bengals do always seem to have a decent running game, however, and here are the team’s all-time leaders so far in rushing touchdowns:
Pete Johnson (64)—Pete Johnson played for the Bengals most of his career, from 1977 to 1984, and he ranks first in their history with 64 rushing touchdowns. Johnson tied a career high with 14 rushing TDs in both 1979 and 1983, but his best season was 1981, when he made the Pro Bowl. That year, Johnson had 12 rushing scores, with career highs in rushing yards (1077), receptions (46), receiving yards (320), receiving TDs (4), and yards from scrimmage (1397).
Rudi Johnson (48)—Rudi Johnson played for Cincinnati from 2001 to 2007, and he ranks second in franchise history with 48 rushing TDs. Johnson had a career best 12 rushing touchdowns three times, in 2004, 2005 and 2006—and was incredibly consistent with over 1300 rushing yards each of those three years.
Corey Dillon (45)—Corey Dillon played for the Bengals from 1997 to 2003, and he ranks third in team history with 45 rushing scores. Dillon had a career high 13 rushing TDs with New England in 2006, but his best season in Cincinnati was 2001. That year, Dillon rushed for 1315 yards with 10 rushing TDs; adding 34 catches for 228 yards and 3 more touchdowns out of the backfield.
James Brooks (37)—James Brooks played in Cincinnati from 1984 to 1991, and he ranks fourth in Bengals’ history with 37 rushing touchdowns. He had a career high 8 rushing scores in 1988, but Brooks’ best season was arguably 1986—1087 rushing yards, 5 rushing TDs, 54 receptions for 686 yards and 4 receiving touchdowns.
Larry Kinnebrew (37)—Larry Kinnebrew played for the Bengals from 1983 to 1987, and he ranks tied for fourth in franchise history with 37 rushing TDs. Kinnebrew had his best season in 1985, with career highs in rushing yards (714) and rushing touchdowns (9, tied a career best); with 22 receptions for 187 yards and one more score as a receiver.