Top 20 at Start of 2003 NFL Season


Active players fill lists of career stat leaders

Jerry Rice (Photo: Associated Press)
Jerry Rice added to his career-leading reception total in 2002. He also entered the Top 20 scorers for seven weeks.

Twenty-seven active players representing 19 of the 32 National Football League teams and all eight divisions, finished the 2002 season ranked among the all-time best in four main statistical categories. The Pro Football Hall of Fame's Top 20 charts the career leaders in passing, receiving, rushing, and scoring on a weekly basis.

In addition, six of the Top 20 all-time leaders in career combined net yards were active in 2002 including four who ranked in other Top 20 lists. Three current coaches rank among the career leaders in coaching victories.

Each week during the NFL season, the Pro Football Hall of Fame updates the Top Twenty career leaders in passing, receiving, rushing and scoring. The Top Twenty rankings, a popular display at the museum in Canton, are also updated weekly on the Hall of Fame's website. The 2002 NFL regular season marked the seventh consecutive year that the weekly updates were posted on

The Hall of Fame's Top Twenty rankings differ slightly from other similar lists in that statistics from the All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) are included. However, there are only three players who played in the AAFC who currently hold a Top Twenty ranking in any of the four main categories - Otto Graham of the Cleveland Browns (passing), Joe "The Jet" Perry (rushing), and Lou "The Toe" Groza (scoring).

Passing | Receiving | Rushing | Scoring | Combined Net Yards | Top 20 Potpourri | Coaching
All-Time Passer Ratings | All-Time Passing Leaders

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