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Detroit Lions’ All-Time Receiving TD Leaders
The Detroit Lions are often a punch-line, since they have barely sniffed playoff action over the past 40-plus years, or since the Super Bowl began. The Lions last won a championship, their fourth since beginning play in 1930, in 1957, and have had some really bad teams in recent years, most notably the 0-16 team that went winless in 2008. Still, they have managed to field some great players. Drafting high each year will do that (sorry Lions’ fans, I had to stick one zinger in). They also have a penchant for choosing wide receivers, and what follows is a short list of the Lions’ all-time leaders to date in receiving touchdowns.
Herman Moore (62)—Herman Moore played most of his career with the Lions, from 1991 to 2001, and he ranks first in team history with 62 receiving touchdowns. Moore made the Pro Bowl four times, three of those as a first team All Pro, and his best season by far was 1995. That year, Moore broke the NFL record for receptions in a single season with 123 (which was shattered in 2002 by Marvin Harrison with 143). He also had career highs in receiving yards (1686) and receiving touchdowns with 14.
Johnnie Morton (35)—Johnnie Morton played for the Lions from 1994 to 2001, and he ranks second in franchise history with 35 TD catches. Morton had a career best 8 touchdowns in 1995, but his best overall season was arguably 1999. That year, Morton had 80 catches (tied career high) for 1057 yards and 6 touchdown receptions.
Leonard Thompson (35)—Leonard Thompson played for the Lions his entire career, from 1975 to 1986, and he ranks tied for second in the team’s history with 35 touchdown receptions. Thompson had his best season in 1984, when he caught 50 passes for career best numbers in receiving yards (773) and receiving TDs (6).
Terry Barr (35)—Terry Barr played in Detroit his entire career, from 1957 to 1965, and he ranks tied for second with Morton and Thompson in Lions’ history with 35 touchdown catches. Barr’s best season was 1963, when he had career highs in receptions (66), receiving yards (1086) and receiving touchdowns (13, led the NFL).
Calvin Johnson (33)—Calvin Johnson began played with the Lions in 2007, and has made a remarkable impact in his four seasons in the NFL as I write this in 2011. Johnson already ranks fifth in franchise history with 33 touchdown catches. Johnson’s best season so far was 2008, when he had career highs in receptions (78), receiving yards (1331), and TD catches (12, led the NFL).