Top 20 - Start of 2005

History Published on : 2/22/2005

Thirty-four players who were active during the 2004 National Football League regular season rank among the all-time league leaders in four main statistical categories. That group includes six players who entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Top 20 charts of career leaders in passing, receiving, rushing, and scoring during this past season.

    Peyton Manning, the NFL's MVP in 2004

In addition, five of the Top 20 all-time leaders in career combined net yards, all of whom were ranked in other Top 20 lists, were active during the season. Five current head coaches rank among the career leaders in coaching victories as well.

Each week during the NFL’s regular 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 ( The 2004 NFL Season marked the ninth straight year the lists were updated weekly on the Hall’s website.

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 – all members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame - who played in the AAFC and currently hold a Top Twenty ranking: Otto Graham (passing), Joe “The Jet” Perry (rushing), and Lou “The Toe” Groza (scoring).



Top 20 Potpourri

Top 20 Passing Statistics (Attempts, Completions, Yards, TDs)

All-time Passer Ratings (Rating of every NFL QB to attempt 1,500 passes in a career)

Combined Net Yard Leaders

Coaching Victories