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Five Quarterbacks with the Most Single Season Rushing Touchdowns
Cam Newton(notes) started his rookie season by throwing for a ton of yards in his first few games. While the passing numbers have declined as Newton struggled in 2011, his rushing numbers continued to impress. Newton made NFL history against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 4. He ran for three touchdowns and now holds the record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. Here is a look at the five quarterbacks with the most rushing touchdowns in NFL history.
1. Cam Newton - 13
Newton's three rushing touchdowns against Tampa Bay were the most of any game this season. He actually has two other games with two touchdown runs. Both game on the road against the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears. Newton's 464 rushing yards are a long way from a quarterback record. However, his touchdown production is unmatched at the position.
2. Steve Grogan - 12
Grogan had 35 career rushing touchdowns in his long career with the New England Patriots. He happened to get 12 of those touchdowns in one season. As a second year player in 1976, Grogan ran for 12 touchdowns for the Patriots. He had three games with two touchdowns and finished with a respectable 397 yards on the ground.
3. Kordell Stewart - 11
When Stewart broke into the NFL, the Pittsburgh Steelers used him all over the field. He would play wide receiver, running back, and quarterback. But by 1997 he was the starting quarterback for the Steelers. But that doesn't mean Pittsburgh didn't put the ball in his hands. Stewart had 11 touchdowns on the ground in 1997. He had 476 rushing yards.
4. Tobin Rote - 11
Rote was a pretty productive quarterback in the 1950s. His best years came with the Green Bay Packers. While he was perfectly capable of throwing the football, Rote also knew how to run. In 1956, he picked up 11 touchdowns on the ground. It was easily his biggest career total.
5. Johnny Lujack - 11
Lujack didn't play a lot of years but he was a great football player for the Chicago Bears. In 1949, he led the league with 23 touchdown passes. The following year, he led the league with 11 rushing touchdowns. He never came close to that total again but did finish his career with 21 touchdowns on the ground.
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