Titans/Oilers’ All-Time Rushing TD Leaders
The Houston Oilers began play in the AFL in 1960 and merged into the NFL in 1970. They were in Houston until 1997 when they moved to Tennessee, playing in Memphis until a new stadium was built in Nashville, and they changed their name to Titans in 1999. The team won two titles in Houston, but didn’t reach a Super Bowl until that 1999 season when they lost to Kurt Warner’s Rams. But the franchise has always fielded great running backs, and here is a short list of their all-time leaders to date in rushing touchdowns:
Earl Campbell (73)—Earl Campbell was one of the all-time great running backs, and played most of his brief career with Houston from 1978 to 1984. Campbell made the Pro Bowl five times there, including first team All Pro his first three seasons. He ranks first in team history with 73 rushing touchdowns, and his best season was arguably 1979. That year Campbell rushed for 1697 yards with a career high 19 TDs (both led the NFL that season); adding 16 catches for 94 yards out of the backfield.
Eddie George (64)—Eddie George played for the Oilers and Titans most of his career, from 1996 to 2003, and he was a steady force in the backfield most of those years. George ranks second in franchise history with 64 rushing scores, and his best season was 2000 when he was a first team All Pro. That year, George had career highs in rushing yards (1509) and rushing touchdowns (14); adding 50 receptions for 453 yards as a receiver as well.
Steve McNair (36)—Quarterback Steve McNair was one of the best in the game during his tenure, and was tough as nails. McNair played for the Oilers/Titans most of his career, from 1995 to 2004, and he was not only a great QB, but great when he ran with the ball. McNair ranks third in Titans/Oilers history with 36 rushing TDs, and his best season running the ball was the 1997 campaign—that year, he carried 101 times for 674 yards and 8 rushing TDs (tied career best); adding 2665 passing yards with 14 passing TDs. Sadly, McNair was found dead in his apartment in Nashville in 2009.
Chris Johnson (34)—Chris Johnson is an explosive running back, maybe the fastest player in the game as I write this in 2011. Johnson ranks fourth in team history already with 34 rushing touchdowns, and he’s only played in the NFL since 2009. His best season so far was 2009, when Johnson was a first team All Pro. That year, he rushed for career highs in yards (2006, led the NFL) and TDs (14); adding 50 receptions for 503 yards and 2 more touchdowns out of the backfield. Expect Johnson to move up this list quickly.
Lorenzo White (29)—Lorenzo White played for the Oilers most of his career, from 1988 to 1994, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 29 rushing scores. White had a career high 8 rushing TDs in 1990, but his best overall season was his Pro Bowl year of 1992. That year, White rushed for a career high 1226 yards with 7 rushing touchdowns, and added career best numbers in receptions (57) and receiving yards (641) with 1 more TD as a receiver.