Titans/Oilers’ All-Time Receiving TD Leaders
The Houston Oilers began play in the AFL in 1960, merged into the NFL in 1970, and moved to Nashville in 1997, where they remained the Tennessee Oilers for two seasons, and then in 1999 became the Tennessee Titans. Amazingly, that 1999 season was also the first time the franchise reached the Super Bowl, when they lost to Kurt Warner’s Rams. But the Oilers did win two AFL titles before the merger. And being that the franchise began in the AFL, and also have been a warm weather team forever, they have focused a lot on the passing game. And what follows is a short list of the Oilers/Titans’ receiving touchdown leaders, to date:
Charley Hennigan (51)—Charley Hennigan played for the Oilers his entire career, from 1960 to 1966, and he ranks first in team history with 51 touchdown receptions. Hennigan was an All Pro five times, including three times as a first team All Pro. He had arguably his best season in 1961, when Hennigan caught 82 passes for career highs in receiving yards (1746, led the AFL) and receiving TDs (12).
Drew Hill (47)—Drew Hill played for the Oilers from 1985 to 1991, and he ranks second in franchise history with 47 touchdown catches. Hill made the Pro Bowl twice, including once in what was arguably his best season, 1988. That year, Hill caught 72 passes for 1141 yards and a career high 10 touchdown receptions.
Ken Burrough (47)—Ken Burrough played for Houston most of his career, from 1971 to 1981, and he ranks tied for second in team history with 47 TD receptions. Burrough had his best season in 1975, one of two seasons in which he was selected to the Pro Bowl. That year, Burrough had career highs in receptions (53), receiving yards (1063, led the NFL), and touchdowns (8, tied career best).
Haywood Jeffires (47)—Haywood Jeffires played for the Oilers most of his career, from 1987 to 1995, and he ranks tied for second in the team’s history with Hill and Burrough with 47 touchdown catches. Jeffires had a career high 9 TD catches in 1992, but his best overall season was probably 1991, when he was a first team All Pro. That year, Jeffires had career highs in catches (100, led the NFL) and receiving yards (1181), with 7 touchdowns.
Ernest Givens (46)—Ernest Givens played for the Oilers most of his career, from 1986 to 1994, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 46 touchdown receptions. Givens had a career high 10 TD catches in 1992, but his best overall season was arguably 1990. That year, Givens had a career high 72 receptions for 979 yards and 9 touchdowns.