Top 20 - start of 2002

01/01/2005







Top 20 at Start of 2002 NFL Season
Active Players Fill Lists of Career Stat Leaders


Twenty-two 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.

Brett Favre, the third-ranked passer of all-time.  (Photo: Associated Press)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, 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).


Passing | Rushing | Receiving | Scoring |Combined Net Yards| Top 20 Potpourri| Coaching

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