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Cardinals’ All-Time Passing Leaders (Yardage)

Updated on November 10, 2008

Jim Hart

Neil Lomax

Kurt Warner


The Cardinals' NFL franchise has been in three different cities since the 1920's-Chicago, St. Louis and now Phoenix. The team has had many more losses than wins, and has not won a title since 1947. But they have still fielded some great quarterbacks over the years, and here is a list of the all-time top 10 in passing yardage for the Cards:

Jim Hart (34,639)-Jim Hart played for the St. Louis Cardinals just about his entire career, from 1966 to 1983. Hart made the Pro Bowl four straight seasons (1974 to 1977) and in that time, not surprisingly, the Cards were very good. Hart ranks first in Cardinals' franchise history with 34,639 passing yards and his career high was 3121 yards in 1978. But Hart's best overall season was 1974, when he threw for 2411 yards, with a career high 20 touchdowns and just 8 interceptions.

Neil Lomax (22,771)-Neil Lomax had big shoes to fill when he took over for Jim Hart, but he had some great seasons as well and played QB for the Cardinals from 1981 to 1988, including when they moved from St. Louis to Phoenix. Lomax ranks second in team history with 22,771 passing yards, and his best season was 1984. That year, Lomax made the Pro Bowl with 4614 passing yards (career high), 28 TD passes (also career best) and 16 interceptions.

Jake Plummer (17,622)-Jake Plummer had high expectations pinned on him, and though he didn't have a Hall of Fame career, still did pretty well during his time in Arizona from 1997 to 2002. Plummer ranks third in Cardinals' history with 17,622 passing yards. His career high in Arizona was 3737 yards in 1998, but his best overall season was his Pro Bowl year of 2005-3366 yards with 18 touchdowns and just 7 picks.

Charley Johnson (14,928)-Charley Johnson began his career with the Cardinals and played in St. Louis from 1961 to 1969. He ranks fourth in franchise history with 14,928 passing yards, and had his best season there in 1963. That year, Johnson went to his only Pro Bowl with career highs in yards (3280) and touchdown passes (28) with 21 interceptions.

Kurt Warner (9938)-Kurt Warner has been off and on as the starter in Arizona since he joined the team in 2005, but he already ranks fifth in team history with 9938 passing yards as I write this in 2008. Warner started 11 games in 2007 and had his best season for the Cardinals then, with 3417 passing yards, 27 TD passes and 17 picks.

Paul Christman (6749)-Paul Christman played most of his career for the Chicago Cardinals, from 1945 to 1949, and ranks sixth in team history with 6749 passing yards. Christman had his best season in 1947-despite 22 interceptions, he threw for career highs in yards (2191) and touchdowns (17).

Lamar McHan (6578)-Lamar McHan played QB for the Chicago Cardinals from 1954 to 1958 and ranks seventh in the team's history with 6578 passing yards. McHan had his best season in a Cardinals' uniform in 1957. That year, despite 15 interceptions, McHan threw for career highs in yards (1568) with 11 TD passes.

Josh McCown (5431)-Josh McCown followed Jake Plummer and played for the Cards from 2002 to 2005. McCown ranks eighth in franchise history with 5431 passing yards, and his best season in Arizona was 2004, with 2511 yards, 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Steve Beuerlein (4709)-Journeyman quarterback Steve Beuerlein only played in Arizona for two seasons, 1993 and 1994. He ranks ninth in team history, though, with 4709 passing yards. Beuerlein's best season in Phoenix was 1993, when he threw for 3164 yards with 18 touchdowns and 17 picks.

Timm Rosenbach (3676)-Timm Rosenbach was only with the Cardinals from 1989 to 1992 and only started 20 games. He ranks tenth in team history with 3676 yards, and racked up most of his stats when starting every game in the 1990 season. That year, Rosenbach threw for 3098 yards with 16 TD passes and 17 interceptions.


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