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Pittsburgh Steelers’ All-Time Receiving TD Leaders
The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the NFL’s most storied franchises, having been around since 1933 as the Pirates and then becoming the Steelers in 1940. The team did not win a championship until the Super Bowl era, but has won six of seven during that span. The Steelers, being based in a cold weather market, have typically been a defensive minded team with a strong run game, but that doesn’t mean they have not fielded great quarterbacks and receivers as well. Here is a short list of the team’s all-time leaders to date in receiving touchdowns:
Hines Ward (83)—Hines Ward has been with the Steelers his entire career, from 1998 until now as I write this in 2010. Ward ranks first in team history with 83 touchdown catches and counting, and his best season so far was 2002, one of four times Ward was selected to the Pro Bowl. That year, Ward had career highs in receptions (112), receiving yards (1329), and touchdown catches (12).
John Stallworth (63)—John Stallworth played for Pittsburgh his entire career, from 1974 to 1987, and he ranks second in franchise history with 63 touchdown catches. Stallworth had his best season in 1984, one of four times he was a Pro Bowler. That year, Stallworth achieved career best numbers in catches (80), receiving yards (1395), and TD receptions (11).
Lynn Swann (51)—Lynn Swann also played for the Steelers his entire career, from 1974 to 1982, and he ranks third in the team’s history with 51 touchdown receptions. Swann caught 11 TD passes twice, and led the league in 1975 with those 11. But his best overall season was the other time he hauled in 11 touchdowns—1978. That year, Swann had career highs in catches (61), receiving yards (880), and the 11 scores, on his way to earning first team All Pro honors.
Buddy Dial (42)—Buddy Dial played for the Steelers from 1959 to 1963, and he ranks fourth in their history with 42 TD catches. Dial’s best overall season was arguably 1961, one of two Pro Bowl seasons. That year, Dial caught 53 passes for 1047 yards with a career best 12 touchdown receptions.
Louis Lipps (39)—Louis Lipps played in Pittsburgh most of his career, from 1984 to 1991, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 39 touchdown catches. Lipps had his best overall season in 1985, one of two Pro Bowl years, when he had career best numbers in catches (59), receiving yards (1134), and touchdown receptions (12).