Kansas City Chiefs’ All-Time Rushing TD Leaders
The Kansas City Chiefs began play in 1960 as the AFL’s Dallas Texans, moving to Kansas City in 1963. They then of course merged into the NFL in 1970, and the Chiefs have won two titles—one with the AFL and one in the Super Bowl era, though that one was in 1969. Either way, the Chiefs have fielded some great running backs over the years, most notably in the fantasy football era, and here is a short list of their all-time leaders to date in rushing touchdowns:
Priest Holmes (76)—Amazingly, Priest Holmes was a 1000-yard rusher with Baltimore in 1998, but his career skyrocketed with the Chiefs, and he played for them from 2001 to 2007. Holmes ranks first in team history with 76 rushing touchdowns, and he was a first team All Pro in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Holmes’ best overall season was probably 2003, when he rushed for 1420 yards, with career highs in rushing TDs (27, led the NFL), receptions (74), and receiving yards (690). The 27 rushing scores was an NFL record until LaDainian Tomlinson broke that three years later.
Larry Johnson (55)—Larry Johnson was essentially Holmes’ replacement, and he played for the Chiefs from 2003 to 2009. Johnson ranks second in franchise history with 55 rushing TDs, and his best season was arguably 2005. That year, Holmes rushed for 1750 yards with a career high 20 rushing touchdowns, and added 33 receptions for 343 receiving yards and 1 more TD, giving him 2093 yards from scrimmage and 21 total scores.
Marcus Allen (44)—Marcus Allen played for the Raiders a long time before finishing his career in Kansas City from 1993 to 1997. Allen ranks third in Chiefs’ history with 44 rushing touchdowns, and while his best years were clearly with the Raiders, Allen’s best season in Kansas City was 1993, when he made the Pro Bowl. That year, Allen rushed for 764 yards with 12 rushing TDs (led the NFL and one short of career high), adding 34 catches for 238 receiving yards and 3 more scores to give him 15 total touchdowns.
Christian Okoye (40)—Christian Okoye played for the Chiefs his entire career, from 1987 to 1992, and he ranks fourth in team history with 40 rushing TDs. Okoye had his best season in 1989, when he was a first team All Pro. That year, Okoye rushed for career highs in yards (1480, led the NFL) and touchdowns (12), adding 2 catches for 12 yards as well.
Abner Haynes (39)—Abner Haynes played for the Texans/Chiefs from 1960 to 1964, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 39 rushing touchdowns. Haynes had his best season in 1962, when he was a first team All Pro. That year, he had career highs in rushing yards (1049) and rushing TDs (13, led the AFL), adding 39 catches for 573 receiving yards and another 6 touchdowns—giving him career best numbers in yards from scrimmage (1622) and total scores (19).