Top 20-Start of 2004 Season
Thirty-one players who were active during the 2003 National Football League regular season ranked among the game's all-time best in four main statistical categories. Six of the players were new additions to the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Top 20 that charts career leaders in passing, receiving, rushing, and scoring.
In addition, six of the Top 20 all-time leaders in career combined net yards were active during the season including five who ranked in other Top 20 lists. Four coaches who roamed the sidelines in 2003 rank among the career leaders in coaching victories along with Joe Gibbs, the Hall of Fame coach who was hired as head coach of the Washington Redskins in January 2004.
Each week during the NFL's 84th season, the Pro Football Hall of Fame updated the Top Twenty career leaders in passing, receiving, rushing and scoring. The statistical lists are published on the Hall of Fame's website where they attract considerable traffic. The 2003 NFL regular season marked the eighth consecutive year that the weekly updates were posted on Profootballhof.com.
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 (passing), Joe "The Jet" Perry (rushing), and Lou "The Toe" Groza (scoring).