New York Giants’ All-Time Receiving TD Leaders
The New York Giants have been an NFL franchise for as long as any team, since 1925, and for good reason are one of the league’s most storied franchises. The Giants have won seven championships, including three in the Super Bowl era, and while they have mostly been associated with defense and a strong running game, they also have fielded some strong quarterback and wide receiver play over the years. Here is a short list of the Giants’ all-time leaders in receiving touchdowns to date:
Amani Toomer (54)—Amani Toomer played for the Giants his entire career, from 1996 to 2008, and he had a knack for making big catches at big times, and always finding a way to hold on to the ball while tapping both feet in bounds on close plays. Toomer ranks first in Giants’ history with 54 touchdown catches, and his best season was 2002. That year, Toomer had career highs in receptions (82), receiving yards (1343), and TD catches (8).
Kyle Rote (48)—Kyle Rote played for the Giants his whole career, from 1951 to 1961, and he ranks second in franchise history with 48 TD catches. Rote made the Pro Bowl four straight years from 1953-56, but his best overall season may have been 1960. That year, Rote caught 42 passes for 750 yards, with a career best 10 touchdown receptions.
Joe Morrison (47)—Joe Morrison played for the Giants his entire career as well, from 1959 to 1972, and he ranks third in team history with 47 touchdown catches. Morrison had his best overall season in 1969, when he caught 44 passes for 647 yards and tied a career high with 7 receiving TDs; adding 387 rushing yards with 4 more scores on the ground.
Frank Gifford (43)—Frank Gifford is a Hall of Famer who played for the Giants his entire career, from 1952 to 1964. Gifford made the Pro Bowl 8 times and was a first team All Pro four of those times. He ranks fourth in Giants’ history with 43 touchdown receptions. Gifford tied a career best with 7 touchdown catches twice, in 1962 and 1963. But his best overall season was arguably 1956. That year, Gifford caught a career high 51 passes for 603 yards and 4 TDs, and also rushed for 819 yards and 5 more touchdowns, giving him 1422 yards from scrimmage, which led the NFL that season.
Aaron Thomas (35)—Tight end Aaron Thomas played for the Giants most of his career, from 1962 to 1970, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 35 touchdown receptions. Thomas’ best season was 1967, when he had career highs in catches (51), receiving yards (877), and TD receptions (9).
Del Shofner (35)—Del Shofner played for the Giants from 1961 to 1967, and was a first team All Pro for them three times. Shofner ranks tied for fifth in Giants’ history with 35 TD catches, and his best season was probably 1962. That year, Shofner caught 53 passes for 1133 yards, and a career best 12 TD receptions.
Homer Jones (35)—Homer Jones played for the Giants most of his career, from 1964 to 1970, and he ranks tied for fifth with Thomas and Shofner in team history with 35 TD catches. Jones had his best season in 1967, the first of two straight Pro Bowl selections. That year, he had career highs in receptions (49), receiving yards (1209), and touchdown catches (13, led the NFL).