Atlanta Falcons’ All-Time Passing Leaders (Yardage)
The Atlanta Falcons have been an NFL team since 1966, but have only played in one Super Bowl, which was against John Elway's Broncos in the late ‘90's. The team has lost a lot more games than it's won over the years, but like any team, they have fielded some great players over time. Here is a list of the Falcons' Top 10 in passing yards in their history.....
Steve Bartkowski (23,470)-Steve Bartkowski played for the Falcons from 1975 to 1985 and though he has a 55-66 record as a starter there, ranks first in Falcons' history with 23,470 passing yards. Bartkowski went to the Pro Bowl in both 1980 and 1981. In 1980, he had a career best 3829 passing yards, but 1981 was a better overall season-3544 yards with career high 31 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions.
Chris Miller (14,066)-Chris Miller played most of his career in Atlanta, from 1987 to 1993. He also has a losing overall record as a starter with the Falcons (23-43), but ranks second in team history with 14,066 passing yards. Miller had a career high 3459 yards in 1989, but 1991, his Pro Bowl year, was his best season, with 3101 yards, career best 26 TD passes and 18 picks.
Chris Chandler (13,268)-He will be best known in Atlanta as the QB who led the Falcons to their only Super Bowl, with a 13-1 record as a starter in 1998. But Chris Chandler played for the Falcons from 1997 to 2001 and ranks third in franchise history with 13,268 passing yards as well. Not surprisingly, 1998 was also Chandler's best season, as he threw for career highs in yards (3154) and touchdowns (25) with 12 interceptions.
Michael Vick (11,505)-For all of his promise and great play in Atlanta, Michael Vick currently sits in prison for his role in a dog-fighting ring. Vick does rank fourth in Falcons' history with 11,505 passing yards, and his best season was 2002. That year, Vick threw for a career high 2936 yards with 16 TD passes and just 8 interceptions. He also rushed for 777 yards and 8 more TDs that season.
Jeff George (8575)-Journeyman QB Jeff George only played three seasons in Atlanta, 1994-96, but still ranks fifth in team history with 8575 passing yards. George had one of his best seasons in Atlanta in 1995, when he threw for a career high 4143 yards with 24 touchdowns and 11 picks.
Bob Berry (8489)-Bob Berry played in Atlanta from 1968 to 1972 and ranks sixth in Falcons' history with 8489 passing yards. Berry made the Pro Bowl in 1969, in which he started 7 games but threw for 1087 yards with 10 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions. He threw for a career high 2158 yards in 1972.
Bobby Hebert (7053)-After a number of years in New Orleans, Bobby Hebert finished his career in Atlanta from 1993 to 1996. Hebert ranks seventh in Falcons' history with 7053 passing yards. His best season in Atlanta was 1993, when he went to the Pro Bowl with 2978 yards with 24 TD passes (career high) and 17 interceptions.
Randy Johnson (5538)-Most of you won't remember any other Randy Johnson than the one who throws fastballs in the major leagues. But there was this Randy Johnson who quarterbacked the Falcons from 1966 to 1970 and ranks eighth in franchise history with 5538 passing yards. Johnson's best season in Atlanta was 1966, when, despite 21 picks, he threw for career best numbers in yards (1795) and touchdowns (12).
David Archer (4275)-Though he only started 23 games for the Falcons between 1984 and 1987, David Archer does rank ninth in team history with 4275 passing yards. In 1986, Archer threw for a career high 2007 yards with 10 TD passes (also career high) and 9 interceptions.
Bob Lee (2638)-Bob Lee played QB for the Falcons in 1973 and 1974 and ranks tenth in their history with 2638 passing yards. Lee's best season was 1973, when he had career highs in passing yards (1786) and touchdowns (10) with 8 picks.