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Denver Broncos’ All-Time Rushing TD Leaders
The Denver Broncos began play in the AFL in 1960. They then merged into the NFL in 1970 and have won two of six Super Bowl appearances. The Broncos may best be remembered for the John Elway years, and Elway was the QB that led them to the two titles. But that also means the Broncos are better known for the passing game (perhaps because of the mile high air!) and also for their “Orange Crush” defense of the ‘70’s. Still, they have had some great running backs, most notably Terrell Davis. Here is a short list of the Broncos’ all-time leaders to date in rushing touchdowns:
Terrell Davis (60)—Terrell Davis played his entire career in Denver, but he made his injury-shortened career count, dominating most of his time in the NFL from 1995 to 2001. Davis ranks first in Broncos’ history with 60 rushing touchdowns, and he was a first team All Pro three times. Davis’ best season was 1998, when he had career highs (and NFL bests that year) in rushing yards (2008) and rushing TDs (21)—an astounding 125.5 yards per game; adding 25 catches for 217 yards and 2 more scores out of the backfield.
Floyd Little (43)—Floyd Little played for the Broncos his entire career as well, from 1967 to 1975, and he ranks second in franchise history with 43 rushing TDs. Little made the Pro Bowl five times, including as a first team All Pro once, in 1969. But his best season was arguably 1973, when Little rushed for 979, a career high 12 rushing touchdowns, and 41 receptions for 423 yards and one more score as a receiver.
Sammy Winder (39)—Sammy Winder played in Denver from 1982 to 1990, his entire career. He ranks third in Broncos’ history with 39 rushing touchdowns, and while Winder had a career high 9 rushing TDs in 1986, his best overall season was probably 1984. That year, Winder had a career best 1153 rushing yards with 4 rushing touchdowns; with career highs in receptions (44) and receiving yards (288) with 2 receiving touchdowns.
Mike Anderson (36)—Mike Anderson played for the Broncos most of his career, from 2000 to 2005, and he ranks fourth in their history with 36 rushing TDs. Anderson had easily his best season in 2000, when he posted career highs in rushing yards (1487) and rushing scores (15); and added 23 catches for 169 yards out of the backfield.
John Elway (33)—John Elway was a quarterback, but a mobile one, which made defending against him difficult to say the least. Elway ranks fifth in franchise history with 33 rushing touchdowns, and he had a career high 6 rushing TDs in 1991 (along with 255 rushing yards).