Top 20 Passing

01/01/2005

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Rich Gannon (Photo: Associated Press)
Rich Gannon

By the mid-way point of the 2002 season, the Top 20 passers had five additions to the list. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia reached the required 1,500 career attempts in the second week of the season to enter the list at No. 3. One week later, Kurt Warner supplanted Steve Young as the game's all-time passing leader. Brian Griese of the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs' Trent Green were two other newcomers in 2002. Steve McNair of the Tennessee Titans bounced on and off the list much of the season but was displaced in the final week of the year.

At the completion of the 2002 season, nine active quarterbacks ranked among the career leaders based on passer rating. Rich Gannon of the AFC champion Oakland Raiders enjoyed the finest campaign of his NFL career as he climbed to ninth place. Gannon completed an NFL record 418 passes for a career high 4,689 yards. In doing so, he also set the NFL mark for 300-yard games in a season with 10.

Four other active passers - Brett Favre (No. 5), Peyton Manning (No. 8), Mark Brunell (No. 10), and Brad Johnson (No. 11) also rank among the Top 20 career leaders.

Leading Lifetime Passers
Minimum 1500 attempts
(At the Start of 2003 Season)

Rank Player League Yrs Att Comp Yds TD INT Rating
1 (-) KURT WARNER NFL 5 1,623 1,083 14,082 101 64 98.2
2 (1) Steve Young NFL 15 4,149 2,667 33,124 232 107 96.8
3 (2) Joe Montana* NFL 15 5,391 3,409 40,551 273 139 92.3
4 (-) JEFF GARCIA NFL 4 1,968 1,224 13,704 95 43 89.9
5 (3) BRETT FAVRE NFL 12 5,993 3,652 42,285 314 188 86.7
6 (4) Otto Graham* AAFC-NFL 10 2,626 1,464 23,584 174 135 86.6
7 (5) Dan Marino NFL 17 8,358 4,967 61,361 420 252 86.4
8 (6) PEYTON MANNING NFL 5 2,817 1,749 20,618
138 100 85.9
9 (11) RICH GANNON NFL 14 3,913 2,367 26,945 171 98 85.3
10 (7) MARK BRUNELL NFL 9
3,561 2,142 25,309 142 86 85.1
11 (10) BRAD JOHNSON NFL 11 2,831 1,747 19,428 114 74 84.6
12 (8) Jim Kelly* NFL 11 4,779 2,874 35,467 237 175 84.4
13 (-) TRENT GREEN NFL 5 1,743 1,006 12,977 82 53 84.2
14 (-) BRIAN GRIESE NFL 5 1,678 1,044 11,763 71 53 84.1
15 (9) Roger Staubach* NFL 11 2,958 1,685 22,700 153 109 83.4
16 (11) Neil Lomax NFL 8 3,153 1,817 22,771 136 90 82.7
17 (13) Sonny Jurgensen* NFL 18 4,262 2,433 32,224 255 189 82.63
18 (14) Len Dawson* NFL-AFL 19 3,741 2,136 28,711 239 183 82.56
19 (15) Ken Anderson NFL 16 4,475 2,654 32,838 197 160 81.9
20 (16) Bernie Kosar NFL 12 3,365 1,994 23,301 124 87 81.8

2002 Notes:
JEFF GARCIA entered the Top 20 in Week 2, KURT WARNER in Week 3, BRIAN GRIESE in Week 7, TRENT GREEN in Week 8. STEVE McNAIR entered and was later displaced from the Top 20 several times during the season. David Krieg (81.5), NEIL O'DONNELL (81.6), Troy Aikman (81.6), and Danny White (81.7) were displaced from the Top 20 in 2002.

Next in Line:
Players active in 2002 who rank the closest to a Top 20 ranking: STEVE McNAIR (81.7), NEIL O'DONNELL (81.6), STEVE BEUERLEIN (80.9), CHRIS CHANDLER (80.7), JEFF GEORGE (80.4), DONOVAN McNABB (79.3), and JEFF BLAKE (79.2).

ACTIVE IN 2002
* Pro Football Hall of Fame Member
( ) - indicates rank at the start of the 2002 season

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