Top 20 - Passer Rating

1 Steve Young* 96.81   Career Notes:
Philip Rivers posted the higest passer rating in the AFC, and third best in the NFL, during the 2009 season. The San Diego Chargers quarterback completed 317 of 486 passes for 4,254 yards, 28 TDs, 9 INT for a 104.4 rating. He now ranks as the second highest rated passer of all-time. Drew Brees won the passing title as he set the new record for pass completion percentage in a season (10.6%).

Season at a glance:
2009 LEADER: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (109.6 rating)

SINGLE-SEASON NFL RECORD: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts (121.1 rating in 2004)

* Pro Football Hall of Fame member

Italics - players active during 2009 season
Top 20 lists courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau

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2 Philip Rivers 95.80
3 Tony Romo 95.60
4 Peyton Manning 95.20
5 Kurt Warner 93.70
6 Tom Brady 93.30
7 Joe Montana* 92.30
8 Drew Brees 91.90
9 Ben Roethlisberger 91.70
10 Chad Pennington 90.10
11 Carson Palmer 87.90
12 Daunte Culpepper 87.80
13 Jeff Garcia 87.50
14 Brett Favre 86.60
15 Donovan McNabb 86.50
16 Dan Marino* 86.40
17 Trent Green 86.00
18 David Garrard 84.90
19 Rich Gannon 84.70
20 Marc Bulger 84.41



Recent Comments
  • Tammer Longmire - September 03 2010 05:41 PM

    So the all-time passer rating list is made up of recent players. This does not, in any way indicate a flaw in the system. As a matter of fact, I challenge you to come up with your own version of the "passer rating" and see how they rank. I bet your results would not differ much from the list you see here. The truth of it is that the game is not played the way it was over 30 years ago. Most of these quarterbacks are a product of a Bill Walsh or West Coast NFL which caters to accurate passing and fewer interceptions. The ONLY standout on this list is Dan Marino. He did not play in any form of the West Coast offense. Marino was just flat out good.

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  • Tim Collins - August 26 2010 09:01 PM

    The passer rating system is fine the way it is. The reason why you see so much of a difference is because the NFL is a passing league and they are using more passes that have a much higher chance of getting complete and you rarely see a QB now throw more INTs then TDs. Also now if you under 63% that is below par, those numbers started coming in the 80s and 90s, but now they are almost a given. Back in the 1950s through the 1980s QBs threw more long passes and and some of those QBs were lucky to complete 50 % and threw more INTs than TDs, unless you were great like Unitas, etc. Heck Bradshaw never had more TDs then INTs in his career until last game when he threw 2 TDs, which gave him 212 to 210.


  • John Horn - March 17 2010 09:41 PM

    You know that the passer rating system is seriously flawed when 15 of history's top 20 passers are either active or have just retired in the past year and several of them are nothing more than journeymen. Something has to be done to bring some relevance back to the system because it's nothing more than a joke as it currently stands.


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