Hot on the heels of yesterday’s look at players who have led the league in scoring in consecutive years, we’d like to point out some interesting facts regarding players who have led the league in scoring.
The oldest player to lead the league in scoring was George Blanda who at the age of 40 scored 116 points for the Oakland Raiders of the then American Football League (AFL) in 1967. The oldest player to lead the NFL in scoring was another Oakland Raiders player, this time kicker Errol Mann accomplished the feat at the age of 36 in 1977.
There have only been four times in pro football history where the top scorer in the league has come from the same team in consecutive years, but been two different players
-Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor both played for the Green Bay Packers and led the league in scoring in 1961 and 1962, respectively.
-Lou Groza and Jim Brown were both members of the Cleveland Browns, and each led the league in scoring; Groza in 1957 and Brown in 1958.
-Doak Walker and Bobby Layne both played for the Detroit Lions. Walker led the league in scoring in 1955 while Layne did so the following year in 1956.
-Dutch Clark and Glenn Presnell both played in the early 1930s for the Detroit Lions, and both led the league in scoring. Clark did it first in 1932 and then Presnell followed in 1933.
Eleven years passed between the first time Cleveland Browns kicker Lou Groza led the league in scoring and the second and last time he led the league in scoring. Groza accomplished this for the first time in 1946 when Cleveland was a member of the All American Football Conference (AAFC) and then again in 1957 long after Cleveland had joined the NFL.
When LaDainian Tomlinson led the league in scoring in 2006, his 186 points set the record for most points scored in a season. What is the highest point total though for a kicker who has led the league in scoring? In 1998, Gary Anderson scored 164 points while kicking for the Minnesota Vikings.
John Kasay led the league in scoring in 1996 for the Carolina Panthers even though it was only the team’s second season in existence, as they had been an expansion franchise in 1995.