Miami Dolphins’ All-Time Receiving TD Leaders
The Miami Dolphins began play in 1966 and merged into the NFL in 1970. The Dolphins have a winning tradition, as they have won two out of five Super Bowls, but they also (as I write this in 2011) have won over 100 more games than they have lost (394 vs. 290). That’s pretty remarkable, and it’s due in large part to Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino and a solid passing game over the years that has fielded some excellent quarterback and receivers. Here is a short list of the Dolphins’ all-time leaders to date in receiving touchdowns:
Mark Clayton (81)—Mark Clayton played for the Dolphins his entire career, from 1983 to 1992, and he ranks first in team history with 81 touchdown receptions. Clayton went to the Pro Bowl five times and was one of Marino’s favorite targets. His best season was 1984, when Clayton caught 73 passes for career highs in receiving yards (1389) and touchdown receptions (18, led the NFL).
Nat Moore (74)—Nat Moore played in Miami his entire career, from 1974 to 1986, and he ranks second in franchise history with 74 TD catches. But amazingly, Moore only made the Pro Bowl once—in 1977, when he was a first team All Pro. That was also arguably Moore’s best season, when he had career highs in receptions (52) and touchdowns (12, led the NFL) with 765 receiving yards.
Mark Duper (59)—Mark Duper played for the Dolphins his whole career, from 1982 to 1992, and he ranks third in team history with 59 touchdown catches. Duper had his best season in 1986, one of three seasons in which he was selected to the Pro Bowl. That year, he caught 67 passes for career best numbers in receiving yards (1313) and receiving TDs (11).
Chris Chambers (43)—Chris Chambers has played for the Dolphins most of his career, from 2001 to 2007. He ranks fourth in Dolphins’ history with 43 touchdown catches, and Chambers’ best season was 2005. That year, Chambers had career best numbers in receptions (82), receiving yards (1118), and TD receptions (11, tied career high).
Paul Warfield (33)—Paul Warfield played for Miami from 1970 to 1974, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 33 touchdown receptions. Warfield made the Pro Bowl ever season he played for the Dolphins, including twice as a first team All Pro. Warfield had a career high 12 TD catches with Cleveland in 1968, but his best season with Miami was also one of his best—in 1971. That year, Warfield caught 43 passes for 996 receiving yards, and 11 touchdowns (led the NFL that year).