20 at Start of 2002 NFL Season
Players Fill Lists of Career Stat Leaders
players who were active in the National Football League during the 2001
season rank among the career leaders in four main statistical categories
- passing, receiving, rushing, and scoring. Two other quarterbacks made
the list of Top 20 passers during the past year but were displaced by
season's end. In addition, eight of the Top 20 all-time leaders in career
combined net yards were active in 2001, and four coaches who roamed the
sidelines in 2001 ranked among the career leaders in coaching victories.
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, an immensely popular display at the museum in
Canton, are also updated weekly on the Hall of Fame's web site. The 2001
NFL regular season marked the sixth consecutive year that the weekly updates
were posted each Monday and Tuesday on the Internet.
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).
| Rushing | Receiving
| Scoring |Combined
Net Yards| Top 20 Potpourri|