NFL Passing TD Leaders By Year—1990s
When you think of quarterbacks in the ‘90s, chances are you think of Brett Favre, Jim Kelly, Troy Aikman, John Elway and Joe Montana passing the torch to Steve Young. Some of those guys are on here, as well as a few others who led the NFL in TD passes in the decade:
1999-Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (41)
1999 was a breakout season for Rams' QB Kurt Warner, who was formerly an arena league star. But an injury to Trent Green gave Warner an opportunity that helped catapult his team into being a Super Bowl contender for several years. That season, Warner also lead the NFL in touchdown passes with 41, and was 325 of 499 for 4353 yards and only 13 interceptions. It was also the first of two times that Warner would lead the league in TD passes.
1998-Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers (36)
Steve Young took the proverbial torch from Joe Montana and helped the Niners win a championship in 1994. He also led the NFL in TD passes four times in the decade, including his next-to-last season of 1998. That year, Young completed 322 of 517 passes for a career high of 4170 yards. He led the league in TDs with 36 (also a career high) to just 12 interceptions.
1997-Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers (35)
The legendary Brett Favre had some incredible seasons in the ‘90s, during which he led the Packers to a Super Bowl title in 1996. But he also led the NFL in touchdown passes three straight years, from 1995-97. In 1997, Favre had 35 TDs to just 16 interceptions, and completed 304 of 513 passes for 3867 yards.
1996-Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers (39)
In 1996, the year Favre led his Packers to a championship, he had a career high of 39 touchdown passes, which led the NFL. Favre also was 325 of 543 for 3899 yards and just 13 interceptions.
1995-Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers (38)
In 1995, Favre led the NFL in touchdown passes for the first of four times in his career, with 38. Favre also had a career high of 4413 passing yards, which also led the NFL, and a 63.0 completion percentage (359 of 570), with only 13 interceptions.
1994-Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers (35)
Steve Young led the NFL in TD throws four times, including three straight times (1992-94). In this season, he led the Niners to a championship while completing 324 of 461 passes (70.3%) for 3969 yards and 35 TDs to just 10 interceptions.
1993-Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers (29)
Young completed 314 of 462 passes for 4023 yards and 29 TDs to 16 interceptions, the second of four seasons in which he led the NFL in touchdown throws.
1992-Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers (25)
In his first full season as the starting QB of the 49ers, Steve Young led the NFL with 25 touchdown passes. He completed 268 of 402 passes for 3465 yards and the 25 TDs to just 7 interceptions.
1991-Jim Kelly, Buffalo Bills (33)
In 1991, Bills' QB Jim Kelly was in the prime of his career, but this was the only season in which he led the NFL in TD passes, with 33. Kelly completed a career high 64.1% of his passes (304 of 474) for 3844 yards (also a career high) with the 33 TDs and 17 interceptions. This was also the second of four straight seasons that Kelly led his team to the Super Bowl.
1990-Warren Moon, Houston Oilers (33)
Warren Moon was a former CFL quarterback who put together two straight incredible seasons in 1990 and 1991. In 1990, Moon led the NFL in TD throws with 33. He also completed 362 of 584 passes for 4689 yards (which also led the league) and just 13 interceptions.