Dawgs in the NFL
A few former Bulldogs scored touchdowns this week in the NFL. Some did it the conventional way,
while others were not-so-conventional.
Todd Gurley of the Rams did not have the best of numbers last Sunday in the loss
against the Ravens, but he did have another touchdown run. The rookie only had
66 yards on 25 rush attempts, but his touchdown was his fifth straight game with
a score. While he scored just one touchdown on the ground last week, it made me
wonder which former Bulldog had scored the most rushing touchdowns in a single
NFL game. Here is what I found.
4 touchdown rushes: Rodney Hampton (Giants in 1995 vs. Saints)
3 touchdown rushes: Terrell Davis (Broncos: 4 different times)
3 touchdown rushes: Herschel Walker (Vikings in 1991 vs. Cardinals)
3 touchdown rushes: Rodney Hampton (Giants in 1992 vs. Chiefs)
3 touchdown rushes: Garrison Hearst (49ers in 2002 vs. Seahawks)
3 touchdown rushes: Knowshon Moreno (Broncos in 2013 vs. Jaguars)
Terrell Davis also had three in a game on January 25, 1998 against the Packers.
That was during Super Bowl XXXII and it is the record for most rushing
Speaking of rushing touchdowns, Matthew StaffordClick touchdowns in the big game.Here to view this Link. of the Lions had one of his own
last week. Stafford scored from five yards out early in the fourth quarter to
put Detroit up for good in the win over the Oakland Raiders. That was his first
rushing touchdown of the season and his 12th of his career. That 12 is second
highest total by a Georgia Bulldog playing strictly quarterback in NFL games.
Number one on this list may not surprise you, but here is the top seven.
Fran Tarkenton: 32 career rushing touchdowns
Matthew Stafford: 12
Zeke Bratkowski: 5
Matt Robinson: 4
Quincy Carter: 3
Larry Rakestraw: 2
Johnny Rauch: 1
Stafford did not have a touchdown pass nor an interception in the game. He went
Another former Dawg with a touchdown this past week was Justin HoustonClick 22-for-35 for 282 yards on the day.Here to view this Link.. The sack
master intercepted Philip Rivers late in the third quarter and scored from 17
yards out in the Chiefs blowout of the Chargers. It was his third career
interception (second this season) but his first pick six. Here are the top five
former Bulldogs in terms of pick sixes in the NFL since 1990.
Champ Bailey: 4 career interception returned for touchdowns
Mo Lewis: 4
Tim Jennings: 3
Reshad Jones: 3
Houston only had one interception in his time with Georgia. That was in 2010
against Georgia Tech.
Here's how the other former Georgia greats did in last week's NFL games:
A.J. Green (Bengals) 4 receptions, 79 yards
Chris Conley (Chiefs) 1 reception, 17 yards
Reshad Jones (Dolphins) 8 tackles
Bacarri Rambo (Bills) 8 tackles
Geno Atkins (Bengals) 4 tackles, 1 sack
Thomas Davis (Panthers) 4 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery
Demarcus Dobbs (Seahawks) 4 tackles
Abry Jones (Jaguars) 1 tackle
Shawn Williams (Bengals) 1 tackle
On special teams…
Blair Walsh (Vikings) 1-for-2 on extra points
Drew Butler (Cardinals) 4 punts, 46.3 average, 3 inside 20-yard line, long of 55
Also in action…
David Andrews (Patriots), Clint Boling (Bengals), Cordy Glenn (Bills) and Ben
Jones (Texans) all started on the offensive line this past week.
Marlon Brown (Ravens), Chris Clemons (Jaguars), Kedric Golston (Redskins) and
Fernando Velasco (Panthers) saw action as well.