Top 20 Passers

At the Start of the 2004 NFL Season

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Twelve active quarterbacks are ranked in the Hall of Fame's Top 20 including three passers - Steve McNair Daunte Culpepper, and Tom Brady - who joined the list in 2003. McNair, the NFL's co-MVP, entered the rankings in the first week of the season. The Tennessee Titans' quarterback recorded the finest season of his nine-year pro career as he led the NFL in passing by completing 250 of 400 passes for 3,215 yards, 24 touchdowns and 7 interceptions to post a 100.4 rating. In doing so, he climbed to No. 16 all-time with a career rating of 84.076 points.

The league's other co-MVP, Peyton Manning (left) of the Indianapolis Colts also registered one of his best seasons as a pro. Manning threw for an NFL-best 4,267 yards as he completed 379 of 566 passes, fired 29 touchdowns and had 10 interceptions for a 99.0 passer rating to jump from 8th to 5th place on the all-time list.

Culpepper, in just his fifth season with the Minnesota Vikings, cracked the Top 20 in the eighth week of the 2003 season. He led the NFC in passing with a 96.4 rating and finished the year ranked as the sixth best passer in NFL annals.

Brady reached the required 1500 career attempts to qualify for the Hall's Top 20 passers in Week 16. In four NFL seasons, Brady has completed 955 of 1,544 passes for 10,233 yards, 69 touchdowns, and 38 interceptions for a rating of 85.9 that places him 11th all time.

Other active quarterbacks in the Top 20 include: Kurt Warner (No. 1), Jeff Garcia (No. 4), Brett Favre (No. 7), Trent Green (No. 10), Mark Brunell (No. 12), Rich Gannon (No. 13), Brad Johnson (No. 15), and Brian Griese (No. 18).

At the Start of the 2004 Season
Minimum 1500 Attempts
Rank   Player League
Yrs.
Att.
Comp.
Yards
TD
Int.
Rating
1 (1) KURT WARNER NFL
6
1,688
1,121
14,447
102
65
97.2
2 (2) Steve Young NFL
15
4,149
2,667
33,124
232
107
96.8
3 (3) NFL
15
5,391
3,409
40,551
273
139
92.3
4 (4) JEFF GARCIA NFL
5
2,360
1,449
16,408
113
56
88.3
5 (8) PEYTON MANNING NFL
6
3,383
2,128
24,885
167
110
88.1
6 (--) DAUNTE CULPEPPER NFL
5
1,843
1,160
13,881
90
63
88.0
7 (5) BRETT FAVRE NFL
13
6,464
3,960
45,646
346
209
86.9
8 (6) Otto Graham * AAFC-NFL
10
2,626
1,464
23,584
174
135
86.6
9 (7) Dan Marino NFL
17
8,358
4,967
61,361
420
252
86.4
10 (13) TRENT GREEN NFL
6
2,266
1,336
17,016
106
65
86.1
11 (--) TOM BRADY NFL
4
1,544
955
10,233
69
38
85.9
12 (10) MARK BRUNELL NFL
10
3,643
2,196
25,793
144
86
85.2
13 (9) RICH GANNON NFL
15
4,138
2,492
28,219
177
102
84.7
14 (12) Jim Kelly * NFL
11
4,779
2,874
35,467
237
175
84.4
15 (11) BRAD JOHNSON NFL
12
3,401
2,101
23,239
140
95
84.117
16 (--) STEVE McNAIR NFL
9
3,180
1,884
22,637
132
83
84.076
17 (15) Roger Staubach * NFL
11
2,958
1,685
22,700
153
109
83.4
18 (14) BRIAN GRIESE NFL
6
1,808
1,118
12,576
76
59
83.0
19 (16) Neil Lomax NFL
8
3,153
1,817
22,771
136
90
82.7
20 (17) Sonny Jurgensen * NFL
18
4,262
2,433
32,224
255
189
82.6
 
2003 Notes:
STEVE McNAIR re-entered the Top 20 in Week 1, DAUNTE CULPEPPER in Week 8, and TOM BRADY in Week 16. Bernie Kosar (81.8), Ken Anderson (81.9), and Len Dawson* (82.56) were displaced from the Top 20 in 2003.
Next in Line:
Players active in 2003 who rank the closest to a Top 20 ranking: AARON BROOKS (82.1), NEIL O'DONNELL (81.8), STEVE BEUERLEIN (80.3), CHRIS CHANDLER (79.8), DONOVAN McNABB (79.3), JEFF BLAKE (78.1), JAY FIEDLER (78.1), and DREW BLEDSOE (76.7)
 
ACTIVE IN 2003
* Pro Football Hall of Fame Member
( ) - indicates rank at the start of the 2003 season