Green Bay Packers’ All-Time Receiving TD Leaders
The Green Bay Packers are maybe the NFL’s most storied franchise, beginning play in 1921 and having 12 championships in all, three in the Super Bowl era. The Packers won it all the first two Super Bowls, and then again in 1995 led by future Hall of Famer Brett Favre. And while the Pack is a cold weather team, they have had their share of great quarterbacks and receivers over the years. Here is a short list of the Packers’ all-time leaders in receiving touchdowns to date:
Don Hutson (99)—Hall of Famer Don Hutson played in Green Bay his entire career, from 1935 to 1945, and was a perennial All Pro receiver in an era when receivers were not exactly prominent. Hutson ranks first in Packers’ history with 99 touchdown receptions, and his best season was 1942. That year, Hutson had career highs in catches (74), receiving yards (1211), and touchdown catches (17). All three categories led the NFL that year as well. But even more amazing is the fact that Hutson was also the team’s kicker.
Sterling Sharpe (65)—Sterling Sharpe played for the Packers his entire brief career, from 1988 to 1994. Sharpe ranks second in franchise history with 65 TD catches, and he made the Pro Bowl five times, three as a first team All Pro. Sharpe had a career best 18 TDs in 1994, which also led the NFL. But his best overall season was arguably 1992. That year, Sharpe caught 108 passes for a career high 1461 yards, with 13 touchdown catches—and all three led the NFL that season.
Antonio Freeman (57)—Antonio Freeman played for the Packers most of his career, from 1995 to 2001, and again in 2003 after a short stint in Philly. Freeman ranks third in Packers’ history with 57 touchdown receptions, and his best season was 1998, his only Pro Bowl year in which he was a first team All Pro. That year, Freeman had career highs in catches (84), receiving yards (1424, led the NFL) and TD catches (14).
Donald Driver (53)—Donald Driver has played in Green Bay his entire career, from 1999 until now as I write this in 2010. Driver ranks fourth in team history with 53 touchdown catches and counting, and he had a career high 9 TD catches twice, in 2002 and 2004. But Driver’s best overall season was probably 2006, when he had career highs in catches (92) and receiving yards (1295), with 8 touchdown receptions.
Max McGee (50)—Max McGee played for the Packers his entire career, from 1954 to 1967, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 50 touchdown catches. McGee had a career best 9 TD catches in 1954, but his best season was his lone Pro Bowl year of 1961—that year, McGee had career highs in receptions (51) and receiving yards (883), with 7 touchdown receptions.