All-Time NFL Passing Leaders by Team—NFC
It might seem like the franchise passing leaders in the AFC are more current names, and that may be because the NFC teams have been around longer. There are some names below that played a few decades ago, and some that are still playing today. The list is based solely on passing yards while with each particular franchise.
Arizona Cardinals-Jim Hart
Jim Hart played for just about his entire career with the Cardinals, all when the team was located in St. Louis, from 1966-1983. During that time, he became one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history, throwing for a total of 34,639 yards, which leads the Cards franchise all-time. In 1978, Hart had a career high of 3121 passing yards, but his best season as a whole was 1974, with 2411 yards and 20 touchdown passes to just 8 interceptions. Hart played the final year of his career (1984) in Washington.
Atlanta Falcons-Steve Bartkowski
Steve Bartkowski played for the Falcons from 1975 to 1985, and one final year with the Rams before retiring. During his playing career with Atlanta, Bartkowski became the team's all-time passing leader with 23,470 yards and 156 touchdown throws. His best year was 1981 when he threw for 3829 yards and 30 touchdown passes. Bartkowski is currently on the Falcons Board of Directors.
Carolina Panthers- Jake Delhomme
Jake Delhomme began his career in New Orleans, but upon signing with Carolina in 2003 became the starter (and still is the starter) and eventually the franchise leader in passing, with 13,331 yards. Delhomme's best season so far with Carolina was 2004, with 3886 yards and 29 touchdown passes to just 15 interceptions. He also performed well in a losing effort in Super Bowl XXXVIII against New England.
Chicago Bears-Sid Luckman
Sid Luckman played for the Bears his entire career, from 1939 to 1950, and is still the team's all-time passing leader with 14,686 yards. Luckman led the Bears to four championships during his tenure, and his best season was 1947 when he threw for 2712 yards and 24 touchdown passes. Luckman passed away in 1988.
Dallas Cowboys-Troy Aikman
As great a tradition as the Dallas Cowboys have, their all-time passing leader is nineties star Troy Aikman, who played for Dallas for his entire career (1989-2000). Aikman leads all Cowboys QBs with 32,942 passing yards and 165 touchdown passes. He also led the team to three Super Bowl victories, winning the Super Bowl MVP in 1992. Aikman's best season was also 1992, when he passed for 3445 yards and 23 touchdowns to just 14 interceptions, and a 63.8 completion percentage. Frequent concussions forced Aikman to retire a bit prematurely, and he is currently a color analyst for Fox football telecasts.
Detroit Lions-Bobby Layne
Bobby Layne played for the Lions from 1950 to 1958 and became the team's all-time leading passer with 15,710 yards, a record that still stands today. In 1951, Layne passed for 2403 yards with 26 touchdown passes for his best season anywhere. He also played for Chicago, New York, and Pittsburgh before retiring in 1962. Layne passed away in 1986.
Green Bay Packers- Brett Favre
Brett Favre is an iron man of sorts, and has been the Packers' starting quarterback since 1992 without missing a game. Over that time, Favre has amassed 57,500 career passing yards and led the Packers to two Super Bowls, winning one of them. Favre's best season so far was 1995, with 4413 yards and 38 touchdowns to just 13 interceptions and a 63.0 completion percentage. That same year Favre added 3 rushing TDs, and he won the NFL MVP Award in 1995, 1996 and was co-MVP in 1997. Favre is second in NFL career passing yards and TDs to Dan Marino, and in 2007 will likely become the all-time NFL leader in games as a starting QB.
Minnesota Vikings-Fran Tarkenton
Fran Tarkenton played for most of his career with the Minnesota Vikings, from 1961-1966 and again from 1972 to 1978. In between, he played for the New York Giants. Tarkenton leads all Vikings quarterbacks with 33,098 yards passing, and his best season was 1978, when he passed for 3468 yards and 25 touchdowns despite 32 interceptions. Tarkenton won the NFL MVP Award in 1975 with 2994 passing yards and 25 TDs, and also led the Vikings to three NFC Championships in the seventies.
New Orleans Saints-Archie Manning
Archie Manning is not nearly as famous as his son, Peyton, and maybe not even as famous as his other son, Eli. But during his time in the NFL, Archie Manning was one great quarterback. The problem is, he played on a team that never won many games, the Saints, from 1971-1982. Manning had some great years, and in all passed for 21,734 yards while in New Orleans to lead the franchise. He passed for over 3000 yards in three straight seasons (1978-1980), and his best season overall was 1980, with 3716 yards and 23 touchdown passes.
New York Giants-Phil Simms
The Giants have had some incredible quarterbacks over time, including Y.A. Tittle and Fran Tarkenton, but Phil Simms is the team's all-time passing leader with 33,462 yards and 199 touchdown passes. Simms played for the Giants his entire career (1979-1993) and led them to a victory in Super Bowl XXI when he was the MVP of the game. Simms' best season was 1984 when he had 4044 passing yards and 22 touchdown passes. Simms also had over 3000 yards passing in six different seasons. Today he is a sportscaster for games on CBS.
Philadelphia Eagles-Ron Jaworski
Ron Jaworski played for the Eagles for most of his career, from 1977-1986, and became the team's all-time leading passer over that time with 26,963 yards. In 1980, Jaworski had his best season as a pro, throwing for 3529 yards and 27 touchdowns to just 12 interceptions. That same year, Jaworski won the UPI NFL Player of the Year Award in leading his team to the Super Bowl, where they lost to the Raiders. Currently, Jaworski is an NFL analyst for ESPN.
Seattle Seahawks- Dave Krieg
Dave Krieg had big shoes to fill, taking over for lefty Jim Zorn in 1980 with Seattle, but went on to play for the Seahawks from 1980 to 1991, passing for 26,132 yards over that time to become the franchise leader. Krieg's best season was 1984, when he passed for 3671 yards and 32 touchdown passes. Krieg went on to play for Kansas City, Detroit, Arizona, Chicago and Tennessee before retiring in 1998.
San Francisco 49ers- Joe Montana
Joe Montana is widely recognized as one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game, and he played for most of his career with the 49ers, from 1979-1992. Over that time Montana passed for 35,124 yards, and took his team to four Super Bowl titles, winning the MVP of the game three times. He also won the NFL MVP Award twice, in both 1989 and 1990. Montana passed for a career-high of 3944 yards in 1990, but his best season overall was 1987, with 3054 yards passing and 31 touchdowns to just 13 interceptions and a 66.8 completion percentage. Montana went on to play for Kansas City for two seasons before retiring in 1994.
St. Louis Rams-Jim Everett
Jim Everett played for the Rams when they were based in Los Angeles, from 1986 to 1993, and during that time passed for 23,758 yards to lead the franchise. Everett's best season was 1989 when he passed for 4310 yards with 29 touchdowns and just 17 interceptions. Everett went on to play a few more years with the Saints and Chargers before retiring in 1997.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Vinny Testaverde
Vinny Testaverde is a journeyman quarterback who began his career with the Buccaneers in 1987 and played for them until 1992. Testaverde still leads the franchise with 14,820 passing yards and his best season in Tampa was 1989 when he passed for 3133 yards with 20 touchdown passes. Testaverde went on to play for Cleveland, Baltimore, the New York Jets, Dallas and New England and is currently a free agent. Testaverde also leads the Baltimore Ravens in passing yards.
Washington Redskins- Joe Theismann
Joe Theismann played for the Redskins for his whole career (1974-1985) and became the franchise passing leader with 25,206 yards and 160 touchdown passes. Theismann's best season was 1983 when he passed for 3714 yards with 29 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions. That same year, Theismann won the NFL MVP Award and led the Redskins to the Super Bowl where they lost to the Raiders. He did, however, win a ring the previous year, as Washington beat Miami in Super Bowl XVII.
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