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Oakland Raiders’ All-Time Rushing TD Leaders
The Oakland Raiders began play in 1960 in the AFL, and played in the Bay area until moving to Los Angeles in 1982, and then moving back to Oakland in 1995. Al Davis’s catch phrase of “Just Win Baby” is one of the most widely recognized quotes in sports, but the Raiders haven’t won a title in almost three decades as I write this in 2011. Still, the Raiders were really good for a really long time, and that includes having a strong running game. In the big scheme of things, the Raiders had one of the greatest running backs of all-time in Marcus Allen, and a few other more marginal career guys. Here is where Raiders' running backs rank in the team's all-time record book for rushing touchdowns so far:
Marcus Allen (79)—Marcus Allen is a Hall of Famer and he played for the Raiders in both Oakland and Los Angeles. Allen leads the Raiders all-time with 79 rushing touchdowns. In 1984, Allen hit pay dirt 13 times on the ground, but that wasn’t even his best season. That distinction goes to his 1985 campaign, when Marcus rushed for a career high 1759 yards, with 11 rushing touchdowns—the yardage led the NFL that year. Add to that Allen’s 67 receptions for 555 yards and 3 more TDs, and it was truly one of the great seasons for any NFL running back.
Pete Banaszak (47)—Pete Banaszak played in Oakland, his only team, from 1966 to 1978. He sits second in Raiders’ franchise history with 47 rushing TDs. In 1975, Banaszak had a career year, rushing for 672 yards and a personal high 16 touchdowns, which also led the NFL that season.
Mark van Eeghen (35)—Mark van Eeghen wore the black and silver almost his entire career, from 1974 to 1981, which means he played on those great John Madden-coached teams of the ‘70’s. van Eeghen rushed for 35 touchdowns while with the Raiders, ranking him third in the team’s history. In 1978, he had 9 rushing TDs, which marked a career high; and he rushed for 1080 yards, and caught 27 passes for 291 yards.
Zack Crockett (35)—Fullback Zack Crockett played in Oakland most of his career, from 1998 to 2006. Crockett is tied with van Eeghen for third place in the Raiders’ record books as he crossed the goal line 35 times on the ground. Since Crockett was a fullback, he was primarily used at the goal line, so it’s no surprise that his career high in rushing yards is 300 in 1997 with the Colts, but his career best mark in rushing scores is 8, set with Oakland in 2002 when he only rushed for 118 yards.
Tyrone Wheatley (32)—Tyrone Wheatley played for the Raiders from 1999 to 2004, and he sits at fifth in the franchise’s history by crossing the end zone 32 times on the ground. In 2000, Wheatley had career high numbers in yards (1046) and rushing scores (9), and his one touchdown as a receiver gave him 10 altogether.