Dr. Erol Onel is vice president of La Jolla, California’s Heron Therapeutics. In the past, Dr. Erol Onel stayed physically active by playing football. Dr. Onel enjoys following professional football, and particularly the New England Patriots.
In 2007, National Football League (NFL) wide receiver Randy Moss recorded 23 touchdown catches as a member of the New England Patriots. The mark of 23 touchdown receptions broke Jerry Rice’s all time record of 22 set two decades earlier. Prior to the 2007 season, Moss had led the league in touchdowns three times. His 17 touchdowns in 1998 and 2003 rank tied for fifth all time for a single season.
All 23 of Moss’s touchdowns came from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who threw for a career high 50 touchdowns that season, an NFL record at the time. Moss caught 63 percent of his targeted passes in 2007, averaging about 6 yards per catch and 93 yards per game, with the longest reception at 65 yards. Brady was named league MVP for 2007 and the New England Patriots, finishing the year a perfect 16-0, set an NFL scoring record with 582 points.
The only recent addition to the list of single season touchdown catches came in 2011. Rob Gronkowski, a tight end also playing for New England, recorded 17 scores that season. Gronkowski’s record is tied for fifth among all NFL players and ranks No. 1 for tight ends.