Weekly Top 20 - thru Week #17

12/30/2008

Career leaders in the NFL's four main statistical categories - through Week 17 of the 2008 NFL Regular Season.

PASSER RATING   RUSHING YARDS
1
Steve Young
96.81
 
1
Emmitt Smith
18,355
2
Peyton Manning
94.75
 
2
Walter Payton
16,726
3
Kurt Warner
93.79
 
3
Barry Sanders
15,269
4
Tom Brady
92.91
 
4
Curtis Martin
14,101
5
Joe Montana
92.26
 
5
Jerome Bettis
13,662
6
Chad Pennington
90.59
 
6
Eric Dickerson
13,259
7
Ben Roethlisberger
89.43
 
7
Tony Dorsett
12,739
8
Drew Brees
89.39
 
8
Jim Brown
12,312
9
Daunte Culpepper
88.96
 
9
Marshall Faulk
12,279
10
Carson Palmer
88.86
 
10
Marcus Allen
12,243
11
Jeff Garcia
87.54
 
11
Edgerrin James
12,121
12
Dan Marino
86.38
 
12
Franco Harris
12,120
13
Trent Green
86.03
 
13
Thurman Thomas
12,074
14
Donovan McNabb
85.86
 
14
LaDainian Tomlinson
11,760
15
Marc Bulger
85.57
 
15
John Riggins
11,352
16
Brett Favre
85.44
 
16
Fred Taylor
11,271
17
Jake Delhomme
85.14
 
17
Corey Dillon
11,241
18
Rich Gannon
84.71
 
18
O.J. Simpson
11,236
19
Matt Hasselbeck
84.46
 
19
Warrick Dunn
10,967
20
Jim Kelly
84.39
 
20
Ricky Watters
10,643
             
RECEPTIONS   SCORING
1
Jerry Rice
1,549
 
1
Morten Andersen
2,544
2
Marvin Harrison
1,102
 
2
Gary Anderson
2,434
3
Cris Carter
1,101
 
3
George Blanda
2,002
4
Tim Brown
1,094
 
4
John Carney
1,955
5
Isaac Bruce
1,003
 
5
Matt Stover
1,944
6T
Terrell Owens
951
 
6
Jason Elam
1,915
6T
Andre Reed
951
 
7
Jason Hanson
1,747
8
Art Monk
940
 
8
Norm Johnson
1,736
9
Tony Gonzalez
916
 
9
Nick Lowery
1,711
10
Keenan McCardell
883
 
10
Jan Stenerud
1,699
11
Torry Holt
869
 
11
John Kasay
1,634
12
Jimmy Smith
862
 
12
Eddie Murray
1,594
13
Irving Fryar
851
 
13
Al Del Greco
1,584
14
Rod Smith
849
 
14
Adam Vinatieri
1,492
15
Randy Moss
843
 
15
Steve Christie
1,476
16
Larry Centers
827
 
16
Pat Leahy
1,470
17
Steve Largent
819
 
17
Jim Turner
1,439
18
Shannon Sharpe
815
 
18
Matt Bahr
1,422
19T
Henry Ellard
814
 
19
Jeff Wilkins
1,416
19T
Keyshawn Johnson
814
 
20
Mark Moseley
1,382
 
Italics denotes Hall of Famers
Bold denotes players active during the 2008 season
 
Statistics courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau

AAFC Stats: The Pro Football Hall of Fame began tracking the Top 20 career leaders at the conclusion of the 1968 season.  These lists were maintained in a museum display and later on our website.  One difference from the Hall of Fame’s lists from other similar statistical lists was that they included the stats from the defunct All-America Football Conference (AAFC) that operated from 1946-49. 

When the Hall’s Top 20 debuted in 1968, there were nine players on the lists that had connections to the AAFC.  Today, there are only two players who would rank among the Top 20 if their stats from the AAFC were included.  Otto Graham’s passer rating combining AAFC and NFL stats would equal 86.63.  Lou “The Toe” Groza’s career point total would be 1,608 points if the 259 he scored in the AAFC were recognized by the NFL.  That would place him among the Top 20 scorers of all-time.

 Related Links:
Top 20 at start of 2008 season - leaders in 15 statistical categories


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