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Titans/Oilers’ All-Time Passing TD Leaders
This franchise began play in the AFL in 1960 as the Houston Oilers, and merged into the NFL in 1970. They then moved from Houston to Tennessee in 1997. The franchise has two championships, all with the AFL, and one Super Bowl appearance, as the Tennessee Titans after the 1999 season when they lost to Kurt Warner’s Rams. Here is a short list of the Oilers/Titans’ all-time passing touchdown leaders to date:
Warren Moon (196)—Warren Moon put up some great seasons in the CFL before joining the NFL in 1984, and he wound up playing for the Oilers from 1984 until 1993. Moon ranks first in team history with 196 touchdown passes, and his best season was 1990. That year, Moon led the NFL in both passing yards (4689) and passing touchdowns (33), with 13 interceptions. The yardage was one short of Moon’s career high reached the following year, and the TDs tied a career best.
George Blanda (165)—The lateGeorge Blanda is a Hall of Famer who played for the Oilers from 1960 to 1966, and helped them win their two championships. Blanda ranks second in franchise history with 165 TD passes, and his best season was 1961, when he was a first team All Pro. That year, Blanda had career highs in passing yards (3330) and passing touchdowns (36), with 22 picks. The yards and TDs also led the AFL that year.
Steve McNair (156)—Steve McNair played most of his career with this franchise, beginning in Houston in 1995 and playing for the Titans through the 2005 season. McNair ranks third in team history with 156 touchdown passes, and he helped them reach their only Super Bowl in 1999. McNair’s best season was 2003, when he threw for 3215 yards, with a career high 24 TD passes and just 7 interceptions, earning him a co-MVP with Peyton Manning. McNair passed away tragically on July 4, 2009.
Dan Pastorini (96)—Dan Pastorini played for the Oilers from 1971 to 1979, and he ranks fourth in Oilers/Titans’ history with 96 touchdown passes. Pastorini had his best season in 1978, with career highs in passing yards (2473) and passing touchdowns (16), despite 17 picks.
Vince Young (42)—Vince Young has been with the Titans since 2006, but his time with the franchise may be nearing an end as I write this in 2010. Young has had his ups and downs, but he does rank fifth in franchise history with 42 TD passes to date. Young’s best season so far was 2009. He had a career high 12 touchdown passes in 2006, but in 2009 Young came in when Kerry Collins was benched after an 0-6 start, and led the Titans to an 8-2 record the rest of the way. He threw for 1879 yards in 10 starts, with 10 TDs and 7 interceptions.