Colts’ All-Time Passing Leaders (Yardage)
Before the Colts moved to Indianapolis in 1983 (was it really that long ago?), they had some great years in Baltimore. This franchise has produced two of the game's all-time great quarterbacks-Peyton Manning and Johnny Unitas. But wait, there's more. A few other guys (ahem, Bert Jones) made their mark with the Colts too, and here are the franchise's all-time Top 10 in passing yards:
Peyton Manning (42,657)-If Manning stays healthy, he's going to break every record in the book. Tom Brady will likely challenge those numbers, but he's a few years behind Manning. Consider that Manning has been an NFL QB since 1998, and his 3739 yards that year are his career low. Of course, he leads the Colts all-time with 42,657 yards. Manning has a 64.1 % completion percentage and 311 touchdown passes. His best season was 2004, when he posted career high numbers in yards (4557) and touchdown passes (49) with just 10 interceptions.
Johnny Unitas (39,768)-Johnny Unitas is a Hall of Famer who played for the Baltimore Colts most of his career (1956 to 1972). Unitas ranks second in Colts' history with 39,768 passing yards. He had a career best 3481 yards in 1963, but Unitas' best overall season was 1959. That year, he threw for 2899 yards with a career high 32 TD passes and just 14 interceptions.
Bert Jones (17,663)-Bert Jones also played most of his career with the Baltimore Colts, from 1973 to 1981. He ranks third in Colts' history with 17,663 passing yards and played on some great teams in the ‘70's. Jones' career high in passing yards was in 1980, with 3134. But his best season by far was 1976-3104 yards with 24 touchdown passes (career high) and just 9 interceptions.
Jack Trudeau (9647)-Though he only started 47 games for the Colts during his tenure in Indianapolis (1986 to 1993), Jack Trudeau still ranks fourth in franchise history in passing yards, with 9647. Trudeau's best season in a Colts uniform was 1989, when he threw for career highs in yards (2317) and TD passes (15) with 13 interceptions.
Jeff George (9551)-Jeff George began his career in Indianapolis and played there from 1990 to 1993 for some pretty lean years. George ranks fifth in Colts' history with 9551 passing yards and his best season there was 1991. That year, despite leading the Colts to a 1-15 record and throwing 12 picks, George threw for 2910 yards and 10 touchdown passes.
Jim Harbaugh (8705)-Jim Harbaugh grew up in Toledo and went to college at Michigan, then played for two Midwest powerhouses-the Bears and Colts-for the bulk of his career. Harbaugh played for Indianapolis from 1994 to 1997 and ranks sixth in team history with 8705 passing yards. Harbaugh's best season with the Colts was 1995, when he made the Pro Bowl with 2575 passing yards, 17 TD passes (career high) and just 5 interceptions.
Mike Pagel (7474)-Mike Pagel is the only player on this list who made the move with the Colts from Baltimore to Indianapolis, playing for the Colts from 1982 to 1985. Pagel ranks seventh in Colts' history with 7474 passing yards, and his best season there was 1985. That year, despite 15 picks, Pagel threw for career highs in yards (2414) and touchdowns (14).
Earl Morrall (5666)-Earl Morrall was a journeyman QB who played for the Baltimore Colts from 1968 to 1971. The 1968 team was the one that reached the Super Bowl and lost to Joe Namath's Jets. Morrall ranks eighth in Colts' history with 5666 passing yards, and his best season there was 1968, which was also his best season as a pro. That year, Morrall threw for career high numbers in yardage (2909), TDs (26) and also interceptions (17).
Marty Domres (3471)-Marty Domres started just 47 games for the Baltimore Colts between 1972 and 1975, but ranks ninth in their history with 3471 passing yards. Domres' best season in Baltimore was 1972, when he threw for career highs in yards (1392) and touchdowns (11) with just 6 interceptions.
Greg Landry (3402)-Journeyman Greg Landry only played for the Baltimore Colts for three seasons, 1979-1981, but ranks tenth in franchise history with 3402 passing yards. Landry's best season in Baltimore was 1979, when he threw for a career best 2932 yards with 15 TD passes and 15 interceptions.