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LaDainian Tomlinson and the Greatest Touchdown-Backs in NFL History

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIJune 1, 2016

LaDainian Tomlinson and the Greatest Touchdown-Backs in NFL History

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    "All they do is score touchdowns".

    The following countdown is set to reveal the most productive "touchdown-backs" in NFL history.

    Not just in regards to total touchdowns produced, but in respects to carries-till-touchdown.

    The Criteria

    To have qualified for this countdown, each runningback included had to have scored a minimum of 75 total rushing touchdowns.

    While the receiving aspect of the game is indeed an intrigal part of the NFL (both past and present), it will not play a role in this specific countdown as the objective was instead to analyze a runningback's ability to hit pay dirt on the ground.

    Worthy of consideration is the fact that while additional carries certainly increased each back's opportunity to produce more rushing touchdowns, continuing to play past one's prime would then serve to reduce the respective back's carries-till-touchdown average.

    With the disclaimers now set aside, lets kick off the countdown and work our way to a number one selection that is guaranteed to shock most readers.

No. 22: Curtis Martin (Patriots 1995-1997, Jets 1998-2005)

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    Career Totals:

    3,518 carries for 14,101 yards and 90 touchdowns.

    Carries-till-touchdown: 39.08

     

No. 21: Jerome Bettis (Rams 1993-1995, Steelers 1996-2005)

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    Career Totals:

    3,479 carries for 13,662 yards and 91 touchdowns.

    Carries-till-touchdown: 38.23

     

No. 20: Tony Dorsett (Cowboys 1977-1987, Broncos 1988)

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    Career Totals:

    2,936 carries for 12,739 yards and 77 touchdowns.

    Carries-till-touchdown: 38.12

No. 19: Edgerrin James (1999-2005 Colts, 2006-2008 Cardinals, 2009 Seahawks)

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    Career Totals:

    3,028 carries for 12,246 yards and 80 touchdowns.

    Carries-till-touchdown: 37.85

No. 18: Walter Payton (Bears 1975-1987)

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    Career Totals:

    3,838 carries for 16,726 yards and 110 touchdowns.

    Carries-till-touchdown: 34.89

No. 17: Ricky Watters (49ers 1992-1994, Eagles 1995-1997, Seahawks 1998-2001)

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    Career Totals:

    2,622 carries for 10,643 yards and 78 touchdowns.

    Carries-till-touchdown: 33.61

No. 16: Eric Dickerson (Rams 1983-1987, Colts 1987-1991, Raiders 1992, etc.)

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    Career Totals:

    2,996 carries for 13,259 yards and 90 touchdowns.

    Carries-till-touchdown: 33.28

No. 15: Franco Harris (Steelers 1972-1983, Seahawks 1984)

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    Career Totals:

    2,949 carries for 12,120 yards and 91 touchdowns.

    Carries-till-touchdown: 32.40

No. 14: Corey Dillon (Bengals 1997-2003, Patriots 2004-2006)

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    Career Totals:

    2,618 carries for 11,241 yards and 82 touchdowns.

    Carries-till-touchdown: 31.92

No. 13: Ottis Anderson (Cardinals 1979-1986, Giants 1986-1992)

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    Career Totals:

    2,562 carries for 10,273 yards and 81 touchdowns.

    Carries-till-touchdown: 31.62

     

No. 12: Barry Sanders (Lions 1989-1998)

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    Career Totals:

    3,062 carries for 15,269 yards and 99 touchdowns.

    Carries-till-touchdown: 30.92

No. 11: Clinton Portis (Broncos 2002-2003, Redskins 2004-2010)

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    Career Totals:

    2,230 carries for 9,923 yards and 75 touchdowns.

    Carries-till-touchdown: 29.73

No. 10: Marshall Faulk (Colts 1994-1998, Rams 1999-2005)

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    Career Totals:

    2,836 carries for 12,279 yards and 100 touchdowns.

    Carries-till touchdown: 28.36

No. 9: John Riggins (Jets 1971-1975, Redskins 1976-1985)

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    Career Totals:

    2,916 carries for 11,352 yards and 104 touchdowns.

    Carries-till-touchdown: 28.03

No. 8: Emmitt Smith (Cowboys 1990-2002, Cardinals 2003-2004)

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    Career Totals:

    4,409 carries for 18,355 yards and 164 touchdowns.

    Carries-till-touchdown: 26.88

No. 7: Marcus Allen (Raiders 1982-1992, Chiefs 1993-1997)

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    Career Totals:

    3,022 carries for 12,243 yards and 123 touchdowns.

    Carries-till-touchdown: 24.56

No. 6: Jim Taylor (Packers 1958-1966, Saints 1967)

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    Career Totals:

    1,941 carries for 8,597 yards and 83 touchdowns.

    Carries-till-touchdown: 23.38

No. 5: Jim Brown (Browns 1957-1965)

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    Career Totals:

    2,359 carries for 12,312 yards and 106 touchdowns.

    Carries-till-touchdown: 22.25

No. 4: Shaun Alexander (Seahawks 2000-2007, Redskins 2008)

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    Career Totals:

    2,187 carries for 9,453 yards and 100 touchdowns.

    Carries-till-touchdown: 21.87

     

No. 3: LaDainian Tomlinson (Chargers 2001-2009, Jets 2010-present)

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    Career Totals:

    3,099 carries for 13,404 yards and 144 touchdowns.

    Carries-till-touchdown: 21.52

No. 2: Priest Holmes (Ravens 1997-2000, Chiefs 2001-2007)

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    Career Totals:

    1,780 carries for 8,172 yards and 86 touchdowns.

    Carries-till-touchdown: 20.69

     

No. 1: Pete Johnson (Bengals 1977-1983, Chargers 1984, Dolphins 1984)

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    Career Totals:

    1,489 carries for 5,626 yards and 76 touchdowns.

    Carries-till-touchdown: 19.59

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