Colts’ All-Time Rushing TD Leaders
The Colts began play in the NFL in 1953 as the Baltimore Colts, and moved to Indianapolis in 1984. The Colts have won four titles, including two (out of four) in the Super Bowl era. And while many associated great quarterbacks such as Johnny Unitas and Peyton Manning with the Colts, the team has always had a strong, steady running game. Here is a short list of the Colts’ all-time leaders to date in rushing touchdowns:
Edgerrin James (64)—Edgerrin James played for the Colts most of his career, from 1999 to 2005, and he made the Pro Bowl four times, including once as a first team All Pro. James ranks first in Colts’ history with 64 rushing touchdowns, and he had a career high 13 rushing scores twice—in 1999 and 2000. The 2000 campaign was arguably his best season, as James had career highs in rushing yards (1709, led the NFL), receptions (63), receiving yards (594), receiving TDs (5)—giving him 2303 yards from scrimmage and 18 total touchdowns.
Lenny Moore (63)—Lenny Moore played for the Colts his entire career, from 1956 to 1967, and he ranks second in franchise history with 63 rushing TDs. Moore made the Pro Bowl seven times, including five as a first team All Pro. His best season was probably 1964, when he had 584 yards with a career high (and NFL best) 16 rushing touchdowns; adding 21 receptions for 472 yards and 3 more TDs out of the backfield.
Tom Matte (45)—Tom Matte played for the Colts his entire career, from 1961 to 1972, and he ranks third in team history with 45 rushing touchdowns. Matte was a first team All Pro in 1969, his best season, when he had career highs in rushing yards (909) and rushing touchdowns (11, led the NFL); adding 43 catches for 513 yards and 2 more scores as a receiver.
Marshall Faulk (42)—Marshall Faulk was one of the greatest running backs ever in terms of all-purpose yards and touchdowns, but he did most of that with St. Louis. Faulk began his career in Indianapolis, however, and played there from 1994 to 1998. He had a career high 18 rushing TDs with St. Louis in 2000, but Faulk’s best season with the Colts was arguably 1998. While Faulk had 11 rushing TDs in both 1994 and 1995, in 1998 he rushed for 1319 yards with 6 TDs; adding 86 catches for 908 yards and 4 more scores—giving him 2227 all-purpose yards, which led the NFL that year.
Alan Ameche (40)—Alan Ameche played for the Colts his entire career, from 1955 to 1960, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 40 rushing touchdowns. Ameche was a first team All Pro in 1955, his best season. That year, he had career highs in rushing yards (961) and rushing TDs (9)—both of which led the NFL that year—adding 27 receptions for 141 yards out of the backfield.
Don McCauley (40)—Don McCauley played for the Colts his entire career, from 1971 to 1981, and he ranks tied for fifth in team history with Ameche, with 40 rushing TDs. McCauley scored a career high 10 rushing touchdowns in 1975, but his best overall season was probably 1972. That year, McCauley had career highs in rushing yards (675) and yards from scrimmage (931) with 4 total touchdowns.