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New Orleans Saints’ All-Time Rushing TD Leaders
The New Orleans Saints have been an NFL franchise since 1967, and after floundering for decades, finally began winning when they brought in folks like Sean Payton, Reggie Bush, and Drew Brees. The Saints then won the Super Bowl after the 2009 season, and possibly have a winning formula that should set them up for quite a few years (as I write this in 2011). But while, now at least, folks think of the Saints as a pass-first team, they have had a decent ground game too. Here is a short list of the Saints’ all-time leaders in rushing touchdowns to date:
Deuce McAllister (49)—Deuce McAllister played his entire career for the Saints, from 2001 to 2008, and ranks first in team history with 49 rushing touchdowns. McAllister made the Pro Bowl a couple of times early in his career, and his best season was arguably 2002. That year, McAllister rushed for 1388 yards and had a career high 13 rushing scores. He also added 47 catches for 352 yards and 3 more TDs.
Dalton Hilliard (39)—Dalton Hilliard played for the Saints his entire career, from 1986 to 1993, and he ranks second in franchise history with 39 rushing TDs. Hilliard made the Pro Bowl in 1989, which was also his best season. That year, Hilliard rushed for career highs in yards (1262), rushing touchdowns (13), receptions (52), and receiving TDs (5)—and his 18 total touchdowns led the NFL that season.
Chuck Muncie (28)—Chuck Muncie played for the Saints from 1976 to 1980, and he ranks third in their history with 28 rushing touchdowns. Muncie had a career best 19 rushing scores with the Chargers in 1981, but his best season for the Saints was not too shabby. That was 1979, when Muncie had a career high 1198 rushing yards with 11 rushing touchdowns, adding 40 catches for 308 yards as a receiver.
Tony Galbreath (27)—Tony Galbreath played for the Saints from 1976 to 1980, and he ranks fourth in team history with 27 rushing scores. Galbreath had arguably his best season in 1979, when he had career highs in rushing yards (708) and rushing touchdowns (9); and also caught 58 passes for 484 yards and 1 more TD out of the backfield.
George Rogers (23)—George Rogers played for New Orleans from 1981 to 1984, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 23 rushing touchdowns. Rogers made the Pro Bowl twice, once as a first team All Pro in 1981, his best season. That year, Rogers had career highs in rushing attempts (378) and rushing yards (1674)—both of which led the NFL—with 13 rushing touchdowns. Rogers added 16 catches for 126 yards that season as well.
Rueben Mayes (23)—Rueben Mayes played for the Saints from 1986 to 1990, and he ranks tied for fifth in the team’s history with Rogers with 23 rushing TDs. Mayes made the Pro Bowl twice, including his best season of 1986. That year, Mayes had career highs in rushing yards (1353) and rushing touchdowns (8); and added 17 receptions for 96 yards out of the backfield.