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Chicago Bears’ All-Time Passing Leaders (Yardage)

Updated on September 8, 2008

Sid Luckman

Jim Harbaugh

Jim McMahon

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The Bears have a history of defense and conservative offensive attacking, but it's still amazing that the franchise leader in passing yards, Sid Luckman, last played a game for the Bears in 1950. Here is a list of the team's all-time Top 10 in passing yards:

Sid Luckman (14,686)-Luckman played QB for the Bears from 1939 to 1950 and was a Pro Bowler three times and also a five-time 1st team All-Pro. He leads the Bears all-time with 14,686 passing yards, a mark that may never be broken at the rate this team is going with grooming quarterbacks. Luckman's career high in passing was 2712 yards in 1947, but his overall best season was 1943, when he completed 110 of 202 passes for 2194 yards (10.9 yard average, an NFL single-season record) with 28 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions.

Jim Harbaugh (11,567)-Jim Harbaugh was with the Bears from 1987 to 1993 and led them to a few really nice seasons in the early ‘90's. Harbaugh ranks second in team history with 11,567 passing yards, and his best season in Chicago was 1991, when Harbaugh threw for a career best 3121 yards with 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

Jim McMahon (11,203)-This character led the Bears to the first Super Bowl title in team history in 1985. McMahon played for the Bears from 1982 to 1988, and ranks third in their history with 11,203 passing yards. McMahon's best year was the Pro Bowl/Super Bowl season of 1985, when he completed 178 of 313 passes for a career best 2392 yards, with 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Erik Kramer (10,582)-Erik Kramer only played for the Bears for five seasons (1994-1999), but posted some huge numbers over that time. Kramer ranks fourth in Bears history with 10,582 passing yards for the team. His best season in a Bears uniform was 1995. That season, Kramer completed 315 of 522 passes for 3838 yards and 29 TD passes to just 10 interceptions.

Billy Wade (9958)-Billy Wade was a part of that great Bears team of 1963 that beat the Giants in the championship game. He played for Chicago from 1961 to 1966 and ranks fifth in team history with 9958 passing yards. 1962 was Wade's best season with the Bears, when he threw for a career high 3172 yards with 18 touchdowns, despite being intercepted 24 times.

Ed Brown (9698)-Ed Brown was the Bears' QB from 1954 to 1961 and though he had some better seasons for Pittsburgh after that, was very steady in Chicago. Brown has 9698 passing yards with the Bears, ranking him sixth in their history. His best season there was 1959, with 1881 passing yards and 13 touchdown passes to 10 interceptions.

Bob Avellini (7111)-Bob Avellini was the Bears' starting QB for three seasons, 1976-78, but was with them his entire career, which spanned from 1975 to 1984. Avellini ranks seventh in team history with 7111 passing yards, and his best season was 1977. That year, despite 18 interceptions, Avellini passed for career highs in yards (2004) and touchdowns (11).

Johnny Lujack (6295)-Johnny Lujack began as the Bears' kicker in 1948, but then started most of their games at QB from 1949 to 1951, piling up 6295 passing yards which ranks him eighth in team history. Lujack's best season was 1949, when he threw for 2658 yards with 23 touchdowns and 22 interceptions.

Rudy Bukich (6254)-Rudy Bukich played for the Bears in 1958 and 1959 and then again from 1962 to 1968. Bukich ranks ninth in Bears history with 6254 passing yards, though he only started every game for them one season (1966). 1965 was Bukich's best season with any team, when he threw for 2641 yards with 20 TDs and just 9 interceptions.

Mike Tomczak (6247)-Mike Tomczak was a journeyman QB and played for the Bears from 1985 to 1990. Over that time, Tomczak started less than half of his team's games, but still ranks tenth in team history with 6247 passing yards. Tomczak's best season with the Bears was 1989, when he threw for 2058 yards with 16 touchdown passes (career high) and 16 interceptions.


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      allshookup 9 years ago from The South, United States

      Grossman is now benched. They are starting Horton now. He beat Indy last night. That's Peyton Manning!

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      fishskinfreak2008 9 years ago from Fremont CA

      You still like the Bears because Rex Grossman is now crap

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      allshookup 9 years ago from The South, United States

      Love this hub! Brings back great memories. I love Jimmy Mc! He was indeed a 'character.' Great choice of words for him! That Superbowl team soooo rocked! He is my favorite Bear QB, course I love Sweetness alot too. Man, I just loved that whole team. Can't forget Ditka! Love Da Bears!!!! I know you can't see me, but I'm doing the Superbowl Shuffle as I type! Keep the hubs coming!!! Great work!