We’re dating ourselves a bit, but it doesn’t seem too long ago that Heisman-winning running backs dominated NFL backfields and NFL end zones.
Ingram is one of the game’s most veteran running backs and as of this writing is 50th on the NFL career rushing list with 8.,074 yards.
But it’s Henry making the news, becoming the Tennessee Titans franchise TD leader Sunday with his 75th score (rushing and receiving), passing fellow Heisman winner Eddie George (74) after passing another Heisman winner, Earl Campbell (73).
In fact, Henry and Ingram are now tied in career TDs (75), good for 85th on the NFL list.
For the record, Marcus Allen has the most NFL TDs (145) and NFL rushing TDs (123) among Heisman winners.
Considering purely rushing scores, five Heisman winners own franchise records with many more in franchise top 10s.
Heisman-winning franchise-leaders in rushing touchdowns include Allen with the Raiders (79), Barry Sanders with Detroit (99), Cam Newton with Carolina (63), Ingram with New Orleans (52) and Campbell with Tennessee/Houston(72) — although Henry’s next rushing score will tie him.
Two Heisman winners are on two teams’ top 10s. One is Allen, who in addition to topping the Raiders record books is remarkably third on Kansas City’s rushing TD list with 44. George Rogers is the other, sixth on Washington’s chart (31) and tied for eighth with the Saints (23).
Tony Dorsett is second on the Dallas Cowboys career rushing score chart with 72 while Billy Sims is second to Sanders on Detroit’s list with 52. Ricky Williams is second with the Miami Dolphins with 48 and O.J. Simpson is second on the Buffalo Bills with 57.
Paul Hornung, impressively, is still third on Green Bay’s rushing TD all-time list with 50. George is third with the Titans/Oilers with 64 while Mike Rozier is also among the Tennessee top 10, tied for seventh with 27.
Lamar Jackson trails only Newton among Heisman-winning QBs in rushing scores and is fourth on Baltimore’s career chart with 23.
Behind Allen’s Heisman-leading 123 career NFL rushing scores are Sanders (99), Dorsett (77), Newton (75), Campbell (74), Henry (72), George (68), Ingram (65) and Simpson and Herschel Walker (61).