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Miami Dolphins’ All-Time Rushing TD Leaders
The Miami Dolphins began play in 1966 in the AFL, and merged into the NFL in 1970. The Dolphins have a rich history, as they were one of the early powerhouses of the Super Bowl era. They have won two out of five Super Bowls, but never won with their legendary quarterback, Dan Marino. Still, this franchise is associated with winning. They also have had some great running backs over the years, and what follows is a short list of the Dolphins’ all-time leaders in rushing touchdowns to date:
Larry Csonka (53)—Larry Csonka was a bruising fullback and one of the all-time greats. He played for the Dolphins from 1968 to 1974 and again in 1979. Csonka made the Pro Bowl five straight times from 1970 to 1974 and two of those were as a first team All Pro. Csonka ranks first in Dolphins’ history with 53 rushing touchdowns, and he had a career high 12 rushing TDs in 1979. He also had a career best 1117 rushing yards in 1972, but Csonka’s best overall season was arguably 1971. That year, he rushed for 1051 yards with 7 rushing scores, adding 13 receptions for 113 yards and another TD out of the backfield.
Ricky Williams (48)—Ricky Williams has played for Miami from 2002 until now as I write this in 2011, and missed all of the 2006 season and most of the 2007 season due to “retirement” and injuries. Williams ranks second in franchise history with 48 rushing TDs, and his best season was 2002, the year he was a first team All Pro. That year, Williams rushed for career highs in yards (1853, led the NFL), and rushing touchdowns (16); adding 47 catches for 363 yards and one more touchdown as a receiver.
Ronnie Brown (36)—Ronnie Brown has played for the Dolphins since 2005, and he ranks third in team history with 36 rushing scores. Brown rushed for a career best 1008 yards in 2006, but his best season was probably 2008, when he made the Pro Bowl. That year, Brown rushed for 916 yards and a career high 10 touchdowns; adding 33 receptions for another 254 yards out of the backfield.
Karim Abdul-Jabbar (33)—Karim Abdul-Jabbar played for Miami from 1996 to 1999, and he ranks fourth in team history with 33 rushing touchdowns. Abdul-Jabbar rushed for a career best 1116 yards in 1996, but his best overall season was probably 1997. That year, Abdul-Jabbar rushed for 892 yards and a career high (and NFL best) 15 rushing TDs. He also added 29 catches for 261 yards and one more touchdown as a receiver.
Mercury Morris (29)—Mercury Morris played for the Dolphins from 1969 to 1975, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 29 rushing touchdowns. Morris had his best season in 1972, when he rushed for career highs in yards (1000) and rushing TDs (12, led the NFL). He also added 15 catches for 168 yards that season out of the backfield.