Top 20 feature passers

01/01/2005







Top 20 Passing

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All-Time Passer Ratings | All-Time Passing Leaders

Rich Gannon
Rich Gannon entered the Top 20 Passing list during the 2001 NFL season. He finished the year in 11th place all-time. (Photo: Associated Press)

Rich Gannon of the Oakland Raiders was the lone addition in 2001 to the Top 20 ranking of quarterbacks based on the passing rating system. The 13-year veteran entered the Top 20 in the sixth week of the season and climbed to 11th overall by the end of the season. Gannon completed 361 of 549 passes for 3,828 yards, and 27 touchdowns in 2001. It marked the third straight season that he has thrown for 3,000 yards since joining the Raiders in 1999. His career rating climbed to 83.06. Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers threw for 3,921 yards and 32 touchdowns to climb two spots to third overall with a career rating of 86.8. He also extended his NFL record streak of starts by a quarterback, which reached 157 consecutive starts.

Four other active passers - Peyton Manning (No. 6), Mark Brunell (No. 7), Brad Johnson (No. 10), and Neil O'Donnell (No. 18) also ranked among the Top 20 career leaders. Two other active quarterbacks Randall Cunningham and Elvis Grbac, both of whom played for the Baltimore Ravens in 2001, had stints among the Top 20 passers in 2001 but were later displaced.

Leading Lifetime Passers

Minimum 1500 attempts
(At the Start of 2002 Season)

Rank Player League Yrs Att Comp Yds TD INT Rating
1 (1) Steve Young NFL 15 4,149 2,667 33,124 232 107 96.8
2 (2) Joe Montana* NFL 15 5,391 3,409 40,551 273 139 92.3
3 (5) BRETT FAVRE NFL 11 5,442 3,311 38,627 287 172 86.8
4 (3) Otto Graham* AAFC-NFL 10 2,626 1,464 23,584 174 135 86.6
5 (4) Dan Marino NFL 17 8,358 4,967 61,361 420 252 86.4
6 (6) PEYTON MANNING NFL 4 2,226 1,357 16,418
111 81 85.1
7 (7) MARK BRUNELL NFL 8
3,145 1,897 22,521 125 79 85.0
8 (9) Jim Kelly* NFL 11 4,779 2,874 35,467 237 175 84.4
9 (10) Roger Staubach* NFL 11 2,958 1,685 22,700 153 109 83.4
10 (8) BRAD JOHNSON NFL 10 2,380 1,466 16,379 92 68 83.07
11 (--)
RICH GANNON NFL 13 3,295 1,949 22,256 145 88 83.06
12 (11) Neil Lomax NFL 8 3,153 1,817 22,771 136 90 82.7
13 (12) Sonny Jurgensen* NFL 18 4,262 2,433 32,224 255 189 82.63
14 (13) Len Dawson* NFL-AFL 19 3,741 2,136 28,711 239 183 82.56
15 (15) Ken Anderson NFL 16 4,475 2,654 32,838 197 160 81.9
16 (16) Bernie Kosar NFL 12 3,365 1,994 23,301 124 87 81.8
17 (17) Danny White NFL 13 2,950 1,761 21,959 155 132 Back to news
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