When you’re a stats maven like I am, you stumble across all sorts of things. Today, for instance, I was staring at Josh Wilson’s career numbers – he’s the Redskins’ new right cornerback – and noticed he’d returned four interceptions for touchdowns in his four NFL seasons (three with the Seahawks, the other with the Ravens). That seemed like a lot, so I did some checking.
Guess what? It is a lot.
In fact, only five players in league history have had more INT/TDs in their first four years: Lem Barney, erstwhile Redskin Ken Houston, Erik McMillan, Miller Farr and Dick Harris – all with five. The first two, of course, are Hall of Famers (and the last two did it in the American Football League, whose records have been rolled into the NFL books).
But wait, it gets better. One of the handful of defenders who, like Wilson, have taken four to the house in their first four seasons is … teammate Phillip Buchanon (who did it during his Raiders days). Another guy with four: Ronnie Lott, another resident of Canton.
The all-time record for INT/TDs, incidentally, is 12 by HOFer Rod Woodson. Wilson has a ways to go before he challenges that one, but he’s off to a pretty good start. (FYI: Woodson, in his first four years, ran back only one interception for a score.)