Who Holds The Record For Most Touchdowns By Someone Born Outside The USA?


Here is a great question we recently received from Mike in Florida. Mike asks: Who has scored the most touchdowns of any player born outside of the United States? What a great question!

The player that has the most touchdowns of any player born outside of the USA is Steve Van Buren. Van Buren was born in Honduras and after being orphaned as a young boy he was sent to New Orleans to be raised by relatives living there. Van Buren went to college at LSU and was drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1944. He played halfback on the Eagles for eight years and during that time he led the NFL in rushing yards four times, rushing attempts four times, rushing touchdowns four times, and rushing yards per game five times. He retired from the league following the 1951 season due to a knee injury. At the time of his retirement he held the record for most rushing yards in a career as well as most rushing touchdowns in a career. He was also the first running back to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season during two separate years in the league.

There is an added bit of information about this question. Steve Van Buren scored 77 touchdowns during his career. In second place for players born outside of the United States sits current Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, who was born in South Korea, with 70 touchdowns. It shouldn’t be long before Ward is the leader in this category.

Here is the rest of the top ten touchdown scorers for players born outside the USA:

Player
Born In
Touchdowns
Steve Van Buren
Hines Ward
Christian Okoye
Bronko Nagurski
Tony Richardson
Mosi Tatupu
Ace Gutowsky
Tim Biakabutuka
Curly Oden
Ron Davenport
Honduras
South Korea
Nigeria
Canada
Germany
American Samoa
Russia
Zaire
Sweden
Bermuda
77
70
40
25
24
21
20
17
17
17

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