Multi-Era career passer rating leaders

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Jul 01, 2008



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Our lists of all-time passer rating leaders are 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. (See our entire version of the list here.) 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.
 
The bottom line is that it's unfair to compare passers from the Dead Ball Era against passers in today's Live Ball Era.
 
So we broke out from the full list of passer rating leaders, a list of Dead Ball Era passers, and this list here of passers whose careers spanned both the Dead Ball and Live Ball Eras. Separating out these lists allows us to better compare passers within the context of their eras.
 
Multi-Era career passer rating leaders
 
Player
Career   
Rating

 1

Roger Staubach

1969-79

 83.42

2

Ken Anderson

1971-86

81.86

3

Danny White

1976-88

81.71

4

Fran Tarkenton

1961-78

80.35

5

Dan Fouts

1973-87

80.23

6

Bert Jones

1973-82

78.21

7

Joe Theismann

1974-85

77.37

8

Bob Griese

1967-80

77.14

9

Gary Danielson

1976-88

76.58

10

Steve Bartkowski

1975-86

75.44

11

Ken Stabler

1970-84

75.31

12

Brian Sipe

1974-83

74.79

13

Craig Morton

1965-82

73.52

14

Greg Landry

1968-84

72.94

15

Ron Jaworski

1974-89

72.78

16

Tommy Kramer 

1977-90

72.77

17

Billy Kilmer

1961-78

71.56

18

Bill Munson

1964-79

71.49

19

Lynn Dickey

1971-85

70.94

20

Terry Bradshaw

1970-83

70.92

21

Vince Ferragamo

1977-86

70.08

22

Steve Grogan

1975-90

69.61

23

Joe Ferguson

1973-90

68.45

24

Richard Todd

1976-85

67.57

25

Jim Plunkett

1971-86

67.45

26

Jim Zorn

1976-87

67.28

27

Archie Manning

1971-84

67.1

28

Jim Hart

1966-84

66.56

29

Mike Livingston

1968-79

63.27

30

Dan Pastorini

1971-83

59.06

31

Mike Phipps

1970-81

52.63


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