Broncos’ All-Time Passing Leaders (Yardage)
When it comes to all-time passing yardage leaders in Denver, it's John Elway and everybody else-literally. Elway's 51,475 yards ranks third in NFL history, behind only Brett Favre and Dan Marino. Time will tell if Jay Cutler ever approaches those gaudy numbers, and it will be fun to see if he does. But meanwhile, here is the Broncos' Top 10 in passing yards all-time:
John Elway (51,475)-Elway is probably the most popular player in Broncos' history without equal. He led them to a few Super Bowls, finally winning two of them in his final two seasons in the NFL. Elway played in Denver from 1983 to 1998, and ranks first in their history by far with 51,475 yards. He made the Pro Bowl nine times, and his best season was 1993. That year, Elway threw for a career best 4030 yards with 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Craig Morton (11,895)-Craig Morton played for Dallas and the New York Giants before coming to the Broncos later in his career, and played in Denver from 1977 to 1982. Morton even led Denver to its first Super Bowl in 1977, when they lost to Dallas 27-10. He ranks second in Broncos' history with 11,895 passing yards, and Morton's best season in Denver was 1981. That year, he passed for a career high 3195 yards with 21 TDs (tied career high) and 14 interceptions.
Brian Griese (11,763)-Brian Griese was saddled with high expectations, mainly because he is Bob Griese's kid. He's never played as good as his dad, but still is an excellent QB who ranks third in Broncos' history (played there from 1998 to 2002) with 11,763 passing yards. Griese threw for a career high 3214 yards in 2002, but his best overall season for Denver was 2001-2827 yards, with career high 23 touchdowns and 19 picks.
Jake Plummer (11,631)-Jake Plummer also had high expectations tagged on him when he came over from Arizona. But while he didn't perform to those expectations, Plummer still ranks fourth in Broncos' history (played there from 2003 to 2006) in passing yards, with 11,631. His best season as a Bronco was 2004, when he threw for a career best 4089 yards with 27 TDs (also career high) and 20 interceptions.
Frank Tripucka (7676)-Frank Tripucka was the Broncos' quarterback from 1960 to 1963, and ranks fifth in the team's history with 7676 passing yards. Tripucka's best season in Denver was 1960. That year, despite 34 interceptions (third highest for single season in NFL history), he also threw for career high numbers in yards (3038) and touchdown passes (24).
Charley Johnson (7238)-Charley Johnson played QB for the Broncos from 1972 to 1975, and still ranks sixth in franchise history with 7238 passing yards. Johnson's best season in Denver was 1973, with 2465 passing yards, 20 TD passes and 17 interceptions.
Steve Ramsey (6437)-Steve Ramsey played most of his career with Denver, from 1971 to 1976. He ranks seventh in Broncos' history with 6437 passing yards, and his best season there was 1976. That year, despite 13 picks, Ramsey had career high numbers in passing yards (1931) and touchdowns (11).
Jay Cutler (6192)-Jay Cutler was a first round draft pick for Denver in 2006, and he replaced Jake Plummer mid-way through the season. Cutler has unlimited potential, and already ranks eighth in Broncos history (and could climb a few places higher in 2008) with 6192 passing yards. In 2007, Cutler's first full season, he threw for 3497 yards with 20 TDs and 14 interceptions.
Steve Tensi (5153)-Steve Tensi played in Denver from 1967 to 1970 and ranks ninth in team history with 5153 passing yards. His best season for the Broncos was 1969, with 1990 yards (career high), 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Steve DeBerg (3819)-Steve DeBerg only started 11 games for the Broncos from 1981 to 1983, eventually giving way to John Elway. DeBerg does rank tenth in Broncos' history though, with 3819 passing yards. DeBerg's best season in Denver was 1983, when he started 5 games and threw for 1617 yards with 9 TDs and 7 interceptions.