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New York Jets’ All-Time Rushing TD Leaders
The New York Jets began play in 1960 as the AFL’s New York Titans, and changed their name to Jets in 1963. The team then merged into the NFL in 1970. They won Super Bowl III after the 1968 season, but have not reached the title game since (as I write this in 2011). The Jets have had sporadically awesome running backs, and what follows is a short list of the team’s all-time leaders in rushing touchdowns:
Curtis Martin (58)—Curtis Martin played for the Jets most of his career, from 1998 to 2005, and he ranks first in team history with 58 rushing touchdowns. Martin had a career high 14 rushing TDs twice while with New England, but his best overall season was arguably 2004, when he was a first team All Pro. That year, Martin led the NFL with a career best 1697 rushing yards, and scored 12 rushing touchdowns; he added 41 catches for 245 yards and another 2 TDs out of the backfield.
Emerson Boozer (52)—Emerson Boozer played for the Jets his entire career, from 1966 to 1975, and he ranks second in franchise history with 52 rushing scores. Boozer had one of his best seasons in 1972, when he rushed for 549 yards with a career high 11 rushing TDs; adding 11 catches for 142 yards and 3 more touchdowns as a receiver, giving him a league-high 14 total touchdowns.
Johnny Hector (41)—Johnny Hector played for the Jets his entire career, from 1983 to 1992, and he ranks third in the team’s history with 41 rushing TDs. Hector had arguably his best season in 1987, when he rushed for 435 yards in just 11 games, with a career high (and NFL best) 11 rushing touchdowns.; adding 32 receptions for 249 yards out of the backfield.
Freeman McNeil (38)—Freeman McNeil played for New York his entire career from 1981 to 1992, and he ranks fourth in team history with 38 rushing touchdowns. McNeil had what was probably his best season in 1982 in a strike-shortened season of 9 games, when he was a first team All Pro. That year, McNeil rushed for 786 yards (led the NFL) with 6 rushing scores (tied a career best); adding 16 receptions for 187 yards and 1 touchdown as a receiver.
Bill Mathis (37)—Bill Mathis played for the Titans/Jets his entire career, from 1960 to 1969, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 37 rushing TDs. Mathis had his best season in 1961 when he was a first team All Pro. That year, Mathis had career highs in rushing yards (846) and rushing touchdowns (7); adding 12 catches for 42 yards and 1 more touchdown out of the backfield.