Top 20 - Touchdown Passes

Top 20 SeriesThere are many ways in which a player's success in the NFL is measured. One of the most obvious is a comparison of statistics. Each week during the NFL's regular season featured updated Top 20 lists for four main statistical categories. 

Here, thanks to the help of Elias Sports Bureau, is an expanded look at Top 20 leaders in multiple NFL statistical categories. Check out where today’s stars compare to NFL greats at the start of the 2013 NFL Season. 
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CAREER NOTES. New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees had a career year as he led the league in passing yards (5,177) and touchdowns (43) for the fourth time in his career, tying Brett Favre and Hall of Famers Len Dawson and Steve Young for the most seasons leading the league in touchdown passes. Brees also threw a touchdown in 54 consecutive games, snapping Johnny Unitas’ “unbreakable record.” He currently ranks sixth all-time in TD passes.

2012 LEADER: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (43 TDs)

SINGLE-SEASON NFL RECORD: Tom Brady, New England Patriots (50 TDs in 2007)

Touchdown Passes (at start of 2013 NFL Season)

1 Brett Favre 508
2 Peyton Manning 436
3 Dan Marino* 420
4 Fran Tarkenton* 342
5 Tom Brady 334
6 Drew Brees 324
7 John Elway* 300
8 Warren Moon* 291
9 Johnny Unitas* 290
10 Vinny Testaverde 275
11 Joe Montana* 273
12 Dave Krieg 261
13 Sonny Jurgensen* 255
14 Dan Fouts* 254
15 Drew Bledsoe 251
16 Boomer Esiason 247
17 John Hadl 244
18 Len Dawson* 239
19T Jim Kelly* 237
19T George Blanda* 236
* Pro Football Hall of Fame member
Bold - players active during 2012 season
Top 20 lists courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau