How Many Touchdowns Have Been Scored in NFL History?

American football is a popular sport in the United States. The National Football League (NFL) is the professional level of the sport. The history of the NFL is full of interesting facts and statistics. One question that fans often ask is: “How many touchdowns have been scored in NFL history?”

In this blog post, we will take a look at the answer to that question. We will also look at some other interesting facts and statistics about NFL touchdowns.


In American football, the achievement of a touchdown scores six points for the offensive team. The touchdown occurs when a live ball is advanced into, caught in, or recovered in the opposing team’s end zone. A touchdown is the main scoring play of both American and Canadian football.

All-Time Leading Touchdown Scorers

The all-time leading touchdown scorer in NFL history is Jerry Rice, who holds the record with 208 career touchdowns. Rice is followed by Emmitt Smith (175), LaDainian Tomlinson (162), Randy Moss (156), and Steve Largent ( 141).

Most Touchdowns in a Season

The record for the most touchdowns in a season is held by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who threw for 50 touchdowns in the 2007 season. Brady’s 50 touchdown passes broke Peyton Manning’s previous record of 49, which he set in the 2004 season.

Most Touchdowns in a Game

The record for the most touchdowns scored in an NFL game is 7, set by Mel Blount of the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 1977 contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Blount, a Hall of Fame cornerback, had two of the touchdowns, while the other five were scored by the Steelers’ offense.

Touchdowns by Position

There have been a total of 70,555 touchdowns scored in NFL history. This number includes all types of touchdowns, including rushing, passing, punt return, kickoff return, and interception return touchdowns.

The table below shows the breakdown of touchdowns by position. As you can see, the majority of touchdowns have been scored by running backs and wide receivers.

Position Number of Touchdowns
Running Back 28,726
Wide Receiver 16,059
Quarterback 12,413
Tight End 4,848
Fullback 2,957
Punt Return 1,369
Kick Return 1,125
Interception 813


As of the 2019 season, NFL teams have combined to score 1,371, Andersen missed four field goals and had two blocks.

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