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Colts’ All-Time Passing TD Leaders
The Indianapolis Colts, and before that Baltimore Colts, have always had stellar quarterback play. And this storied franchise has been competitive pretty much all the time, coming into the league in 1953, moving from Baltimore to Indy in 1984 and all the way up until now. They have won four titles, including two Super Bowls. Here is a short list of the Colts’ all-time leaders in passing touchdowns to date:
Peyton Manning (382)—Peyton Manning is fast-becoming one of the greatest players to play his position ever. Manning has played for the Colts his entire career as I write this in 2010, and his 382 TD passes, which ranks first in Colts’ history, only trails Brett Favre (507) and Dan Marino (420), records that are surely within reach. Manning’s best season was 2004, one of five seasons in which he was a first team All Pro. That year, Manning had career best numbers in passing yards (4557) and touchdowns (49, led the NFL and was a single season record at the time), with just 10 interceptions for a stellar QB rating of 121.1.
Johnny Unitas (287)—Johnny Unitas is an NFL legend and one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time as well. Unitas, who played for Baltimore most of his career, from 1956 to 1972, ranks second in franchise history with 287 TD passes, and his best season was 1959. That year, Unitas threw for 2899 yards and had a career high 32 touchdown passes, with 14 picks. The yards and touchdowns both led the NFL that year as well.
Bert Jones (122)—Bert Jones played for Baltimore most of his career, from 1973 to 1981, and he ranks third in Colts’ history with 122 touchdown passes. Jones’ best season by far was 1976, when he was a first team All Pro. That year, Jones threw for 3104 yards (led the NFL), with a career high 24 touchdown passes and just 9 interceptions.
Jim Harbaugh (49)—Jim Harbaugh played for the Colts from 1994 to 1997, and he ranks fourth in team history ith 49 TD passes. Harbaugh had arguably his best season ever when he was wearing a Colts’ uniform—in 1995, his only Pro Bowl season. That year, Harbaugh threw for 2575 yards, with a career high 17 touchdown passes, and just 5 picks.
Earl Morrall (47)—Earl Morrall played for Baltimore from 1968 to 1971, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 47 touchdown passes. Morrall had his best season when he was with the Colts, in 1968. That year, Morrall was a first team All Pro, with career best numbers in passing yards (2909) and TD passes (26, led the NFL), with 17 interceptions.