All-time career passer rating leaders

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Jul 01, 2008



This list of all-time passer rating leaders is based upon a list compiled by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
 
The HOF list includes every quarterback with 1,500 passing attempts (the minimum needed to qualify for official NFL records). A total of 150 quarterbacks make the cut, from No. 1 Steve Young (96.81) to former NFL and AFL passer Frank Tripucka (51.18), at No. 150.
 
We took the Hall of Fame list and added the career years of every player on the list. This simple addition gives us an illuminating look into the history of pro football and the evolution of the passing game in particular. Simply note that, at the start of the 2008 season, 16 of the Top 20 passer-rating leaders were active in 2007. This statistical anomaly tells us that, thanks to a series of rules favoring offense, it's easier than ever to pass the ball in the NFL.
 
For proof that it's easier than ever, you'll see much lower passer rating numbers on our lists of Dead Ball Era (to 1977) passer rating leaders and our list of passers whose careers spanned both the Dead Ball and Live Ball (1978-present) Eras.
 
CAREER PASSER RATING LEADERS (at start of 2008 season)
 
Player
Years
Rating

1

Steve Young

1985-99

96.81

2

Peyton Manning

1998-present

94.72

3

Kurt Warner

1998-present

93.17

4

Tom Brady

2000-present

92.93

5

Joe Montana

1979-1994

92.26

6

Carson Palmer

2004-present

90.12

7

Daunte Culpepper

1999-present

89.95

8

Chad Pennington

2000-present

88.89

9

Marc Bulger

2002-present

88.08

10

Drew Brees

2001-present

87.94

11

Jeff Garcia

1999-present

87.24

12

Trent Green

1997-present

86.9

13

Dan Marino

1983-99

86.38

14

Matt Hasselbeck

1999-present

86.23

15

Donovan McNabb

1999-present

85.78

16

Brett Favre

1991-2007

85.7

17

Jake Delhomme

1999-present

85.23

18

Rich Gannon

1987-2004

84.71

19

Jim Kelly

1986-96

84.39

20

Mark Brunell

1994-2006

84.21

21

Brian Griese

1998-present

83.64

22

Roger Staubach

1969-79

83.42

23

Brad Johnson

1994-present

83.09

24

Steve McNair

1995-2007

82.76

25

Neil Lomax

1981-88

82.68

26

Sonny Jurgensen

1957-74

82.62

27

Len Dawson

1957-75

82.56

28

Ken Anderson

1971-86

81.86

29

Bernie Kosar

1985-96

81.83

30

Neil O'Donnell

1991-2003

81.82

31

Danny White

1976-88

81.71

32

Troy Aikman

1989-2000

81.62

33

Dave Krieg

1980-98

81.5

34

Randall Cunningham

1985-2001

81.47

35

Boomer Esiason

1984-97

81.06

36

Warren Moon

1984-2000

80.9

37

Jeff Hostetler

1985-97

80.48

38

Bart Starr

1956-71

80.47

39

Ken O'Brien

1984-93

80.44

40

Jeff George

1990-2001

80.42

41

Fran Tarkenton

1961-78

80.35

42

Steve Beuerlien

1988-2003

80.32

43

Dan Fouts

1973-87

80.23

44

John Elway

1983-98

79.86

45

Tony Eason

1983-90

79.72

46

Elvis Grbac

1994-2001

79.65

47

Chris Chandler

1988-2004

79.12

48

Mark Rypien

1988-2001

78.93

49

Jim Everett

1986-97

78.59

50

Aaron Brooks

2000-06

78.53

51

Phil Simms

1979-93

78.48

52

Bert Jones

1973-82

78.21

53

Johnny Unitas

1956-73

78.2

54

Jim McMahon

1982-96

78.17

55

Otto Graham

1946-55

78.17

56

Jeff Blake

1992-2005

78.03

57

Bobby Hebert

1985-96

78

58

Frank Ryan

1958-70

77.61

59

Jim Harbaugh

1987-2000

77.6

60

Joe Theismann

1974-85

77.37

61

Bob Griese

1967-80

77.14

62

Jay Fiedler

1995-2005

77.13

63

Drew Bledsoe

1993-2006

77.06

64

Bill Kenney

1980-88

76.98

65

Jon Kitna

1997-present

76.75

66

Erik Kramer

1987-99

76.64

67

Gary Danielson

1976-88

76.58

68

Doug Flutie

1986-2005

76.34

69

Stan Humphries

1989-1997

75.83

70

Michael Vick

2001-06

75.75

71

Wade Wilson

1981-98

75.57

72

Steve Bartkowski

1975-86

75.44

73

Ken Stabler

1970-84

75.31

74

Scott Mitchell

1991-2001

75.28

75

Steve Bono

1985-99

75.27

76

Tim Couch

1999-2003

75.14

77

Norm Van Brocklin

1949-60

75.07

78

Sid Luckman

1939-50

75.01

79

Vinny Testaverde

1987-2007

75

80

Chris Miller

1987-99

74.93

81

Don Meredith

1960-68

74.84

82

Brian Sipe

1974-83

74.79

83

Jake Plummer

1997-2006

74.61

84

David Carr

2002-present

74.44

85

Gus Frerotte

1994-present

74.3

86

Roman Gabriel

1962-77

74.29

87

Steve DeBerg

1979-98

74.24

88

Earl Morrall

1956-76

74.09

89

Y.A. Tittle

1946-64

73.65

90

Craig Morton

1965-82

73.52

91

Eli Manning

2004-present

73.38

92

Rodney Peete

1989-2004

73.3

93

Kerry Collins

1995-present

73.3

94

Don Majkowksi

1987-96

72.95

95

Daryle Lamonica

1963-74

72.94

96

Greg Landry

1968-84

72.94

97

Ron Jaworski

1974-89

72.78

98

Tommy Kramer 

1977-90

72.77

99

Tony Banks

1996-2005

72.36

100

Bubby Brister

1986-2000

72.28

101

John Brodie

1957-73

72.27

102

Milt Plum

1957-69

72.22

103

Sammy Baugh

1937-52

72.21

104

Billy Wade

1954-68

72.19

105

Jay Schroeder

1985-94

71.68

106

Billy Kilmer

1961-78

71.56

107

Bill Munson

1964-79

71.49

108

Lynn Dickey

1971-85

70.94

109

Terry Bradshaw

1970-83

70.92

110

Kordell Stewart

1995-2005

70.69

111

Bill Nelsen

1963-72

70.25

112

Trent Dilfer

1994-2007

70.18

113

Vince Ferragamo

1977-86

70.08

114

Steve Grogan

1975-90

69.61

115

Doug Williams

1978-89

69.39

116

Joey Harrington

2002-present

69.38

117

Charley Johnson

1961-75

69.21

118

Mike Tomczak

1985-99

68.91

119

Eric  Hipple

1980-89

68.68

120

Joe Ferguson

1973-90

68.45

121

Charlie Conerly

1948-61

68.25

122

Dave Brown

1992-2001

67.89

123

Billy Joe Tolliver

1989-99

67.74

124

Marc Wilson

1980-90

67.7

125

Tom Flores

1960-69

67.58

126

Richard Todd

1976-85

67.57

127

Jim Plunkett

1971-86

67.45

128

John Hadl

1962-77

67.41

129

Jim Zorn

1976-87

67.28

130

Archie Manning

1971-84

67.1

131

Jim Hart

1966-84

66.56

132

Norm Snead

1961-76

65.54

133

Joe Namath

1965-77

65.46

134

Rick Mirer

1993-2003

63.53

135

Bobby Layne

1948-62

63.38

136

Jack Trudeau

1986-95

63.32

137

Mike Livingston

1968-79

63.27

138

Mike Pagel

1982-93

63.26

139

Ed Brown

1954-65

62.77

140

Mark Malone

1980-89

61.89

141

Bob Waterfield

1945-52

61.58

142

Eddie LeBaron

1952-63

61.43

143

George Blanda

1949-75

60.65

144

Babe Parilli

1952-69

59.59

145

Dan Pastorini

1971-83

59.06

146

Jack Kemp

1957-69

57.35

147

Tobin Rote

1950-66

56.79

148

Cotton Davidson

1954-69

54.88

149

Mike Phipps

1970-81

52.63

150

Frank Tripucka

1949-63

52.18


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