NFL Passing Yardage Leaders By Year—2000s
Not only did New England quarterback Tom Brady break the record for TD passes in a single season with 50 in 2007, he also led the NFL in passing yards with 4806. Here is a complete list of passing yardage leaders by year in the current decade:
2007-Tom Brady, New England Patriots (4806)
As part of a team that went 16-0 during the regular season, Patriots' QB Tom Brady was a big reason for his team's success. Brady not only threw the 50 TD passes, but in all he completed 398 of 578 passes for an NFL-leading 4806 yards and just 8 interceptions. Brady's completion percentage was 68.9, a career high, as were his yardage, TDs and total completions.
2006-Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (4418)
In his first season in New Orleans, Drew Brees led a resurgence that resulted in an NFC Championship game appearance. Brees completed 356 of 554 pass attempts, and led the NFL with 4418 yards passing. He also threw for 26 TDs to just 11 interceptions.
2005-Tom Brady, New England Patriots (4110)
2005 was the first season that Tom Brady passed for over 4000 yards, and as a result he led the NFL in total passing yards with 4110. That season, Brady completed 334 of 530 passes and had 26 touchdown passes with 14 interceptions.
2004-Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota Vikings (4717)
In his last full season in the NFL, Daunte Culpepper had a banner year with the Vikings. He has since gone to Miami and then Oakland, but has been battling injuries. In that 2004 season, Culpepper completed 379 of 548 passes for an NFL-leading 4717 yards, with 39 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions.
2003-Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts (4267)
In his second time leading the NFL in passing yards with 4267, Peyton Manning was beginning to develop into the mega-star he is today. This 2003 season, Manning completed 379 of 566 pass attempts, and had 29 touchdowns with just 10 interceptions, and a completion percentage of 67.0.
2002-Rich Gannon, Oakland Raiders (4689)
Oakland's Rich Gannon had a resurgence in 2002 with the Raiders, at the age of 37, leading them to the Super Bowl. Gannon passed for 4689 yards, which led the NFL. He completed 418 of 618 passes (both led the league as well) with 26 TD passes and 10 interceptions.
2001-Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (4830)
Kurt Warner was a big part of the Rams' "Greatest Show on Turf" years, and in 2001 he led the NFL in passing yards for the only time in his career. That season, Warner completed 375 of 546 passes for 4830 yards, with 36 touchdowns to 22 interceptions in leading the Rams to a Super Bowl appearance.
2000-Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts (4413)
In just his third season in the NFL, Colts' QB Peyton Manning led the league in passing yards with 4413. He completed 357 of 571 attempts with 33 touchdowns to just 15 interceptions.