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Philadelphia Eagles’ All-Time Rushing TD Leaders
Steve Van Buren
The Philadelphia Eagles have been an NFL franchise for a long time, since 1933, and have won three championships, though they are zero for two in the Super Bowl era. Still, the Eagles are almost always competitive, and being a Northeast team, they typically have a solid ground game. Here is a short list of the Eagles’ all-time leaders in rushing touchdowns to date:
Steve Van Buren (69)—Steve Van Buren played for the Eagles his entire career, from 1944 to 1951, and he ranks first in team history with 69 rushing touchdowns. Van Buren was a first team All Pro five times, and, despite two 1000 yard rushing seasons, had arguably his best season in 1945 when Van Buren rushed for 832 yards with a career high 15 rushing TDs (both categories led the NFL that year). He also added 10 catches for 123 receiving yards and 2 more touchdowns through the air.
Wilbert Montgomery (45)—Wilbert Montgomery played for the Eagles most of his career, from 1977 to 1984, and ranks second in franchise history with 45 rushing TDs. Montgomery made the Pro Bowl twice, and his best season was 1979. That year, Montgomery had career highs in rushing yards (1512), rushing touchdowns (9, tied career best), adding 41 catches for 494 receiving yards and 5 receiving TDs—giving Montgomery a career high and NFL-best 2006 yards from scrimmage, and 14 total touchdowns.
Brian Westbrook (37)—Brian Westbrook was also a dual threat running back and receiver and played in Philadelphia from 2002 to 2009. He ranks third in Eagles’ history with 37 rushing touchdowns, and had a career high 9 rushing scores in 2008. But Westbrook’s best season was 2007, when he was a first team All Pro. That year, he rushed for a career high 1333 yards with 7 rushing TDs; adding 90 receptions for another 771 yards (both career best numbers), with 5 receiving touchdowns. That gave Westbrook an NFL-best 2104 yards from scrimmage and 12 total TDs.
Randall Cunningham (32)—Randall Cunningham was one of the first true mobile quarterbacks, and he ranks fourth in Eagles’ team history with 32 rushing touchdowns. Cunningham played for the Eagles from 1985 to 1995, and one of his best seasons as a runner was 1988—when he rushed for 624 yards and 6 rushing scores.
Ricky Watters (31)—Ricky Watters played for the Eagles just three seasons, from 1995 to 1997, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 31 rushing touchdowns. Watters’ best season was arguably 1996, when he had career highs in rushing yards (1411) and rushing TDs (13); adding 51 catches for 444 yards—and Watters led the NFL that season with 1855 yards from scrimmage.