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Denver Broncos’ All-Time Receiving TD Leaders
The Denver Broncos began play in 1960 in the AFL, and merged into the NFL in 1970. They have been to six Super Bowls, winning twice in the late ‘90’s for John Elway’s swan song. The Broncos have almost always fielded great quarterbacks and receivers, and what follows is a short list of the team’s all-time leaders to date in receiving touchdowns:
Rod Smith (68)—Rod Smith played for the Broncos his entire career, from 1995 to 2006, and he ranks first in the team’s history with 68 touchdown receptions. Smith had a career high 12 TD catches in 1997, but his best overall season was arguably 2001, one of three Pro Bowl seasons for Smith. That year, he caught a career high 113 passes (led the NFL that year) for 1343 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Shannon Sharpe (55)—Shannon Sharpe, recently voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, played for Denver from 1990 to 1999 and again in 2002 and 2003. Sharpe was a first team All Pro in Denver three straight seasons, from 1996 to 1998, and also in 1993. He ranks second in franchise history with 55 touchdown receptions, and Sharpe’s best season was probably 1996. That year, he caught 80 passes for 1062 yards and tied a career high with 10 touchdown catches.
Ed McCaffrey (46)—Ed McCaffrey played for the Broncos most of his career, from 1995 to 2003, and he ranks third in the team’s history with 46 touchdown catches. McCaffrey had a career best 10 TD catches in 1998, his lone Pro Bowl year. But his best overall season was probably 2000. That year, McCaffrey had career highs in receptions (101) and receiving yards (1317) with 9 TDs.
Lionel Taylor (44)—Lionel Taylor played for the Broncos most of his career, from 1960 to 1966, and he ranks fourth in Broncos’ history with 44 TD receptions. Taylor’s best season was arguably 1960, when he caught 92 passes (led the AFL), with career highs in receiving yards (1235) and receiving touchdowns (12).
Haven Moses (44)—Haven Moses played for the Broncos most of his career, from 1972 to 1981, and he ranks tied for fourth in franchise history with 44 touchdown catches. Moses had a career best 8 TD catches in 1973. But his best overall season was arguably 1979. That year, Moses had career highs in catches (54) and receiving yards (493), with 6 touchdowns.