Eagles’ All-Time Passing Leaders (Yardage)
It pains me to write this hub, because I am a lifelong Giants' fan. But you do have to give the Philadelphia Eagles' franchise props, because they have a great winning tradition. They have also produced some of the NFL's great quarterbacks through the years. This is a list of the all-time Top 10 for the Eagles in passing yardage:
Ron Jaworski (26,963)-"Jaws" played for the Eagles from 1977 to 1986 and led them to their first Super Bowl appearance after the 1980 season. Jaworski leads the Eagles all-time in passing yards with 26,963 but Donovan McNabb is creeping up on him. 1980 was also Jaworski's best season, as he went to the Pro Bowl with these awesome numbers-3529 passing yards, 27 touchdown passes and just 12 interceptions.
Donovan McNabb (25,404)-Donovan McNabb has been the face of the Eagles since breaking in to the NFL in 1999. And as I write this in September 2008 McNabb ranks second in Eagles history with 25,404 passing yards, and will likely pass Jaworski this season. McNabb is not only a great runner (2962 rushing yards with 24 TDs), but he has a 58.7 completion percentage as a passer. McNabb's best season so far was 2004, when he completed 300 of 469 passes (64%) with career highs in passing yards (3875) and passing TDs (31) with just 8 interceptions, leading the Eagles to a Super Bowl appearance.
Randall Cunningham (22,877)-Randall Cunningham played for Philly for 11 seasons, from 1985 to 1995, essentially taking over for Jaworski. Cunningham was fast and very difficult for defenses to catch, and rushed for 4482 yards and 32 touchdowns for the Eagles. His 22,877 passing yards with the Eagles ranks third in team history, and his career high was 3808 yards in 1988. But Cunningham's best season with Philadelphia was 1998, when he threw for 3704 yards with 34 TDs (career high) and just 10 interceptions.
Norm Snead (15,672)-Norm Snead was with the Eagles from 1964 to 1970 during some lean times for the team, as his 28-48-3 record as a starter will attest to. Snead ranks fourth in Eagles history though with 15,672 passing yards. His best season for Philly was 1967, when Snead passed for a career best 3399 yards with 29 touchdowns (also career high) and 24 interceptions.
Tommy Thompson (10,240)-Teddy Thompson played one season in Pittsburgh and then for the Eagles for the rest of his career, from 1941 to 1950. He was also blind in one eye, which makes his accomplishments in the NFL even more amazing. Thompson ranks fifth in Eagles history with 10,240 passing yards. His best season was 1948, with career highs in yards (1965) and TDs (25) with just 11 interceptions.
Sonny Jurgensen (9639)-Sonny Jurgensen played most of his career for Washington, but began with Philly in 1957 and played there until 1963. Jurgensen ranks sixth in team history with 9639 passing yards and his best season there was 1961, when he threw for 3723 yards with 32 touchdowns (career high) and 24 interceptions.
Bobby Thomason (8124)-Bobby Thomason played for the Eagles from 1952 to 1957 and ranks seventh in their history with 8124 passing yards. In 1953, Thomason had career highs in yards (2462), TDs (21) with 20 interceptions.
Norm Van Brocklin (7497)-Norm Van Brocklin played for the Eagles from 1958 to 1960 and yet ranks eighth in the team's history with 7497 passing yards. Van Brocklin's best season with the Eagles was 1960, when he passed for 2471 yards with a career high 24 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
Roman Gabriel (7221)-Roman Gabriel played for the Rams for many years before coming to Philadelphia to finish his career, from 1973 to 1977. Gabriel played on some lousy Eagles teams, but ranks ninth in their history with 7221 passing yards. Gabriel's best season in Philly was 1973, with a career high 3219 yards, 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Adrian Burk (6203)-Adrian Burk played most of his career in Philadelphia, from 1951 to 1956, and ranks tenth in franchise history with 6203 passing yards. Burk's best season was 1954, the first of two years he made the Pro Bowl. That season, Burk threw for 1740 yards with 23 touchdowns (both career highs) and 17 interceptions.