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Colts’ All-Time Receiving TD Leaders
The Indianapolis Colts have been around for a long time—well, they began play as the Baltimore Colts back in 1953, and that team was hugely successful, with 4 championships won, including a Super Bowl win early in the Super Bowl era. But the team moved to Indianapolis in 1984, and after that did not make it back to the big game until 2006, when they won it all behind QB Peyton Manning. The Colts have always been known for great QBs like Manning and Johnny Unitas, which means they also have or have had some great receivers who also put up nice numbers. Here is a short list of the Colts’ all-time leaders to date in receiving touchdowns:
Marvin Harrison (128)—Marvin Harrison played for the Colts his entire career, from 1996 to 2008, and he ranks first in team history with 128 touchdown receptions, which also is fifth in NFL history. Harrison made the Pro Bowl eight straight times between 1999 and 2006, including three as a first team All Pro. He had a career best 15 TD catches twice, in 2001 and 2004—but Harrison’s best overall season was 2002. That year, he broke the record for receptions in a single season with 143, and added a career high and NFL-best 1722 receiving yards. The 143 receptions is still the current record as I write this in 2011.
Reggie Wayne (69)—Reggie Wayne has played with the Colts his entire career, since 2001, and he ranks second in franchise history with 69 TD catches. Wayne had a career high 12 touchdown receptions in 2004, but his best overall season was arguably 2007, one of five Pro Bowl seasons for him. That year, Wayne caught 104 passes for a career high 1510 receiving yards (led the NFL), with 10 touchdowns.
Raymond Berry (68)—Raymond Berry played for the Baltimore Colts his entire career, from 1955 to 1967, and he ranks third in the team’s history with 68 receiving touchdowns. Berry made the Pro Bowl six times, three of those as a first team All Pro, and he had a career high 14 TD catches in 1959. But Berry’s best season may have been 1960, when he had 74 receptions for a career high 1298 yards (led the NFL) and 10 touchdowns.
Jimmy Orr (50)—Jimmy Orr played for the Colts most of his career, from 1961 to 1970, and he ranks fourth in team history with 50 TD catches. Orr’s best season was 1962, when he had career best numbers in receptions (55), receiving yards (974), and receiving touchdowns (11).
Lenny Moore (48)—Running back Lenny Moore played for the Colts his entire career, from 1956 to 1967, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 48 touchdown receptions. Moore made the Pro Bowl six times, five as a first team All Pro, and his best receiving season was 1960. That year, Moore caught 45 passes for 936 yards and a career high 9 receiving TDs. But his best overall season may have been 1964, when he caught 21 passes for 472 yards and 3 TD catches, but rushed for 16 touchdowns to give him a career high (and NFL best) 19 all-purpose scores.