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Willie Davis, DE, Green Bay Packers

A twelve-year NFL veteran during the late 50’s and entirety of the 60’s, William Delford Davis is perhaps the most productive sack man in NFL history, just without the numbers to prove it. The Grambling State star, and originally a draft pick of the Browns, manned the Packer defensive line for 10 seasons, culminating in five straight championships. Contemporaries have estimated he notched over 100 sacks in his career, with some calculations as high as 120. He’s said to have collected at least 40 sacks in a three year span, and is proven to have notched 4 in his final championship game (1967).

Off the field Davis is just as accomplished, having been a successful businessman and board member of several large companies and organizations. One could say he’s one of the most accomplished NFL players period… ever.


Most Career Touchdowns from Scrimmage by a College Running Back

Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech (2012-2015)

While former, recent Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds holds the mark for all positions (and rushing scores mark) with 88, the versatile Dixon amassed an equally impressive number of touchdowns during the exact same period. The Bulldog back just did so with far less fanfare.

A squat 5-10 213, Dixon was truly a dangerous weapon in both phases of the Tech offensive attack. In 2012 as a freshman, he ran for 27 scores (career high), while his senior campaign saw him catch 7 scores (13 in 2014-2015 combined). He notched at least one score in 38 straight games.

In his four seasons he amassed 889 touches for an impressive 5452 yards from scrimmage and those 87 scores. He’s the Tech all-time rushing leader, and ranks fourth all-time in the NCAA with 72 rushing touchdowns. This production caught the eye of the NFL, and Dixon was drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 134th overall, by the Baltimore Ravens.


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