This is a list of National Football League players who have led the regular season in scoring each year.

The NFL did not begin keeping official records until the 1932 season.[1]

NFL annual scoring leaders

LaDainian Tomlinson holds the single season points record with with 186 in 2006. Notably without a single field goal kicked.
LaDainian Tomlinson holds the single season points record with with 186 in 2006. Notably without a single field goal kicked.
Don Hutson lead the league in a record five consecutive seasons from 1940–1944. Hutson is also tied for the most seasons leading the league in points, with five.[2]
Don Hutson lead the league in a record five consecutive seasons from 19401944. Hutson is also tied for the most seasons leading the league in points, with five.[2]
Stephen Gostkowski lead the league in scoring five times with the New England Patriots, tying the record for most seasons leading the league in points. Gostkowski also has the second longest streak of consecutive seasons leading the league.[3]
Stephen Gostkowski lead the league in scoring five times with the New England Patriots, tying the record for most seasons leading the league in points. Gostkowski also has the second longest streak of consecutive seasons leading the league.[3]
Jerry Rice is the most recent wide receiver to league the league, having done so in the 1987 NFL season.
Jerry Rice is the most recent wide receiver to league the league, having done so in the 1987 NFL season.
Marshall Faulk is the only player to lead the league in back to back seasons without kicking a field goal. He lead the league in the 2000 and 2001 NFL seasons.[4]
Marshall Faulk is the only player to lead the league in back to back seasons without kicking a field goal. He lead the league in the 2000 and 2001 NFL seasons.[4]
Key
Symbol Meaning
Player The player who recorded the most points in the NFL
Points The total number of points the player scored
dagger Pro Football Hall of Fame member
^ The player is an active player
* Set record
(#) Denotes the number of times a player appears in this list

Through 2021 season per Pro-Football-Reference and FootballDB.[5][6]

NFL annual scoring leaders by season
Year Player Team Position Points
1932 Dutch Clarkdagger Portsmouth Spartans Back, Kicker 55*
1933 Glenn Presnell Portsmouth Spartans Halfback 64*
Ken Strongdagger New York Giants Halfback, Fullback
1934 Jack Manders Chicago Bears Halfback, Kicker 76*
1935 Dutch Clarkdagger (2) Detroit Lions Back, Kicker 55
1936 Dutch Clarkdagger (3) Detroit Lions Back, Kicker 73
1937 Jack Manders (2) Chicago Bears Halfback, Kicker 69
1938 Clarke Hinkledagger Green Bay Packers Fullback 58
1939 Andy Farkas Washington Redskins Fullback 68
1940 Don Hutsondagger Green Bay Packers End, Kicker 57
1941 Don Hutsondagger (2) Green Bay Packers End, Kicker 95*
1942 Don Hutsondagger (3) Green Bay Packers End, Kicker 138*
1943 Don Hutsondagger (4) Green Bay Packers End, Kicker 117
1944 Don Hutsondagger (5) Green Bay Packers End, Kicker 85
1945 Steve Van Burendagger Philadelphia Eagles Halfback 110
1946 Ted Fritsch Green Bay Packers Running back 100
1947 Pat Harder Chicago Cardinals Fullback, Kicker 102
1948 Pat Harder (2) Chicago Cardinals Fullback, Kicker 110
1949 Gene Roberts New York Giants Running back 102
Pat Harder (3) Chicago Cardinals Fullback, Kicker
1950 Doak Walkerdagger Detroit Lions Halfback, Kicker 128
1951 Elroy Hirschdagger Los Angeles Rams Halfback, Kicker, Flanker 102
1952 Gordie Soltau San Francisco 49ers Wide Receiver, Kicker 94
1953 Gordie Soltau (2) San Francisco 49ers Wide Receiver, Kicker 114
1954 Bobby Walston Philadelphia Eagles Kicker 114
1955 Doak Walkerdagger (2) Detroit Lions Halfback, Kicker 96
1956 Bobby Laynedagger Detroit Lions Quarterback, Kicker 99
1957 Lou Grozadagger Cleveland Browns Kicker 77
Sam Baker Washington Redskins Running back, Kicker
1958 Jim Browndagger Cleveland Browns Fullback 108
1959 Paul Hornungdagger Green Bay Packers Halfback, Kicker 94
1960 Paul Hornungdagger (2) Green Bay Packers Halfback, Kicker 176*
1961 Paul Hornungdagger (3) Green Bay Packers Halfback, Kicker 146
1962 Jim Taylordagger Green Bay Packers Fullback 114
1963 Don Chandler New York Giants Kicker 106
1964 Lenny Mooredagger Baltimore Colts Halfback, Wide receiver 120
1965 Gale Sayersdagger Chicago Bears Halfback 132
1966 Bruce Gossett Las Angeles Rams Kicker 113
1967 Jim Bakken St. Louis Cardinals Kicker 117
1968 Leroy Kellydagger Cleveland Browns Running back 120
1969 Fred Cox Minnesota Vikings Kicker 121
1970 Fred Cox (2) Minnesota Vikings Kicker 125
1971 Garo Yepremian Miami Dolphins Kicker 117
1972 Chester Marcol Green Bay Packers Kicker 128
1973 David Ray Los Angeles Rams Kicker 130
1974 Chester Marcol (2) Green Bay Packers Kicker 94
1975 O.J. Simpsondagger Buffalo Bills Running back 138
1976 Toni Linhart Baltimore Ravens Kicker 109
1977 Errol Mann Oakland Raiders Kicker 99
1978 Frank Corral Los Angeles Rams Kicker 118
1979 John Smith New England Patriots Kicker 115
1980 John Smith (2) New England Patriots Kicker 129
1981 Eddie Murray Detroit Lions Kicker 121
Rafael Septien Dallas Cowboys Kicker
1982 Marcus Allendagger Los Angeles Raiders Running back 84
1983 Mark Moseley Washington Redskins Kicker 161
1984 Ray Wersching San Francisco 49ers Kicker 131
1985 Kevin Butler Chicago Bears Kicker 144
1986 Tony Franklin New England Patriots Kicker 140
1987 Jerry Ricedagger San Francisco 49ers Wide receiver 138
1988 Scott Norwood Buffalo Bills Kicker 129
1989 Mike Cofer San Francisco 49ers Kicker 136
1990 Nick Lowery Kansas City Chiefs Kicker 139
1991 Chip Lohmiller Washington Redskins Kicker 149
1992 Pete Stoyanovich Miami Dolphins Kicker 124
1993 Jeff Jaeger Los Angeles Raiders Kicker 132
1994 John Carney San Diego Chargers Kicker 135
1995 Emmitt Smithdagger Dallas Cowboys Running back 150
1996 John Kasay Carolina Panthers Kicker 145
1997 Mike Hollis Jacksonville Jaguars Kicker 134
1998 Gary Anderson Minnesota Vikings Kicker 164
1999 Mike Vanderjagt Indianapolis Colts Kicker 145
2000 Marshall Faulkdagger St. Louis Rams Running back 160
2001 Marshall Faulkdagger (2) St. Louis Rams Running back 128
2002 Priest Holmes Kansas City Chiefs Running back 144
2003 Jeff Wilkins St. Louis Rams Kicker 163
2004 Adam Vinatieri New England Patriots Kicker 141
2005 Shaun Alexander Seattle Seahawks Running back 168
2006 LaDainian Tomlinsondagger San Diego Chargers Running back 186*
2007 Mason Crosby* Green Bay Packers Kicker 141
2008 Stephen Gostkowski New England Patriots Kicker 148
2009 Nate Kaeding San Diego Chargers Kicker 146
2010 David Akers Philadelphia Eagles Kicker 143
2011 David Akers (2) San Francisco 49ers Kicker 166
2012 Stephen Gostkowski (2) New England Patriots Kicker 153
2013 Stephen Gostkowski (3) New England Patriots Kicker 158
2014 Stephen Gostkowski (4) New England Patriots Kicker 156
2015 Stephen Gostkowski (5) New England Patriots Kicker 151
2016 Matt Bryant Atlanta Falcons Kicker 158
2017 Greg Zuerlein^ Los Angeles Rams Kicker 158
2018 Ka'imi Fairbairn^ Houston Texans Kicker 150
2019 Harrison Butker^ Kansas City Chiefs Kicker 147
2020 Daniel Carlson^ Las Vegas Raiders Kicker 144
Jason Sanders^ Miami Dolphins
Younghoe Koo^ Atlanta Falcons
2021 Daniel Carlson^ (2) Las Vegas Raiders Kicker 150
Nick Folk^ New England Patriots

AFL annual scoring leaders

Players who lead the league in scoring from the American Football League.

Year Player Team Position Points
1960 Gene Mingo Denver Broncos Running back, Kicker, Kick Returner 123
1961 Gino Cappelletti Boston Patriots Wide receiver, Kicker 147
1962 Gene Mingo (2) Denver Broncos Running back, Kicker, Kick Returner 137
1963 Gino Cappelletti (2) Boston Patriots Wide receiver, Kicker 113
1964 Gino Cappelletti (3) Boston Patriots Wide receiver, Kicker 155
1965 Gino Cappelletti (4) Boston Patriots Wide receiver, Kicker 132
1966 Gino Cappelletti (5) Boston Patriots Wide receiver, Kicker 119
1967 George Blandadagger Oakland Raiders Kicker 116
1968 Jim Turner New York Jets Kicker 145
1969 Jim Turner (2) New York Jets Kicker 129

AAFC annual scoring leaders

Players who lead the league in scoring from the All-America Football Conference.

Year Player Team Position Points
1946 Lou Grozadagger Cleveland Browns Kicker 84
1947 Spec Sanders New York Yankees (AAFC) Halfback, Kick returner 114
1948 Chet Mutryn Buffalo Bills (AAFC) Halfback 96
1949 Alan Beals San Francisco 49ers End 73

See also

References

  1. ^ "NFL's Passer Rating". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on October 3, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  2. ^ "Don Hutson | Pro Football Hall of Fame Official Site". pfhof. Retrieved 19 October 2022.
  3. ^ "Player Spotlight: Stephen Gostkowski". www.patriots.com. Retrieved 19 October 2022.
  4. ^ "Marshall Faulk | Pro Football Hall of Fame Official Site". pfhof. Retrieved 19 October 2022.
  5. ^ "NFL Points Scored Year-by-Year Leaders". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 16, 2021.
  6. ^ "NFL Yearly Points Leaders". footballdb.com. Retrieved 19 October 2022.