LEXINGTON’S ASKEW BREAKS PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL SCORING RECORD
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Lexington running back Rayshawn Askew has become professional football’s all-time touchdown scoring leader with his 209th career touchdown Saturday in the fourth quarter of the Horsemen’s playoff game with Bloomington in Rupp Arena. Askew surpasses NFL great Jerry Rice, who retired in 2005 as the NFL’s all-time touchdown record with 208 career scores. Joe B. Hall former coach of the University of Kentucky was at the end zone to shake Rayshawn’s hand and congratulate him.
When Askew was asked about his 209th he said, “I especially want to thank God, my family, teammates and the Horsemen ownership for all their support, hard work and sacrifices.” “This is the greatest and most memorable football moment thus far in my life.” “I am overjoyed and still taking it all in. Right now, I feel like I am on top of the world and I am just getting started.” “Now, I have to get back to the game we still have a minute and 14 seconds left.”
Askew, 5-foot-11, 210 lbs., is one of the most decorated players in the history of indoor football. Askew in 2005 scored a record forty-six points in one game, had forty eight touchdowns for the season. He entered the 2007 season as the all-time scoring leader in all levels of indoor football with 172 career touchdowns. His 37 scores this season make him the leader in all levels of professional football.
At the time of his retirement, Rice held the NFL record for regular-season touchdowns scored with 208. United Indoor Football does not differentiate its statistics between regular-season and post-season contests.
United Indoor Football (UIF) extends congratulations to Lexington Horsemen running back Rayshawn Askew on attaining the professional football record for touchdowns.
UIF Executive Director & Commissioner, Dakota Crow, says the league is proud of Askew’s accomplishments. “The UIF is honored to have Rayshawn as part of our league. The record is a testament to Rayshawn’s dedication and is a tribute to the game of indoor football. It’s especially impressive considering the high level of talent he plays against week-in and week-out in our league. We congratulate Rayshawn and hope he continues to add to his record in the UIF.”
Askew’s performance this season has not gone unnoticed. Eastern Conference head coaches and media representatives as well as fans across the league voted him to the Eastern Conference All-Stars. He and teammates Harry Lewis, Michael Madrazo, William Mulder and J.T. Haskins will represent the Horsemen when the top players from the Eastern Conference face the top players from the Western Conference in the UIF’s first ever All-Star Game.
In his five completed seasons of playing indoor football, Askew has played on four different teams in two different indoor football leagues, winning two national championships. He has earned Most Valuable Player honors four times.