New England Patriots’ All-Time Passing Leaders (Yardage)
Does anyone remember life in New England football before Tom Brady? The guy has driven the team to four Super Bowls, winning three of them and narrowly losing in the fourth. But yet, two QBs rank higher than Brady in passing yards in the team history. Here is a list of the Patriots' all-time Top 10 in that category:
Drew Bledsoe (29,657)-In New England, Drew Bledsoe is the guy who Tom Brady replaced when he went down with an injury in 2001. Oddly enough, Bledsoe was benched by Dallas in 2006, paving the way for the Tony Romo era. But Bledsoe was a monster QB, and ranks first in Patriots' history with 29,657 passing yards. Bledsoe played for New England from 1993 to 2001, and his best season was 1994. That year, Bledsoe made the Pro Bowl for one of three times as a Patriot-and despite 27 interceptions, threw for a career high 4555 yards with 25 touchdowns.
Steve Grogan (26,886)-Steve Grogan had a long run with the Patriots, from 1975 to 1990. Grogan was their QB in 1985 when New England reached their first Super Bowl.
He also ranks second in team history with 26,886 passing yards. Grogan's best season was 1979, when he threw for career highs in passing yards (3286) and touchdowns (28) with 20 interceptions.
Tom Brady (26,370)-Despite a season-ending knee injury in the first game of the 2008 season, Brady ranks third in team history with 26,370 passing yards and will likely move into first place on this list within another year or two. Brady is a pro's pro, and has a winning attitude. His best season, in 2007, was maybe the best season any quarterback in NFL history has had -- throwing for 4806 yards, a stunning 68.6 completion percentage, an NFL record 50 TD passes, and just 8 interceptions.
Babe Parilli (16,747)-Parilli played for this team when they were known as the Boston Patriots, from 1961 to 1967. He ranks fourth in franchise history with 16,747 yards through the air. Parilli's best season in Boston was 1964, with career highs in passing yards (3465), touchdowns (31) and 27 interceptions.
Tony Eason (10,732)-Tony Eason was generally Steve Grogan's backup, playing for the Patriots from 1983 to 1989. But he started several games and racked up 10,732 passing yards which ranks Eason fifth in team history. Eason's best season was 1984, when he threw for 3228 yards with 23 touchdowns (career high) and just 8 interceptions.
Jim Plunkett (9932)-Many just remember Jim Plunkett from his days with the Raiders, but the QB began his career with the Patriots and played in New England from 1971 to 1975. He still ranks sixth in franchise history with 9932 yards, and Plunkett's high in passing yards with the team was 2550 in 1973. That season, he also had 13 TDs and 17 interceptions.
Hugh Millen (4276)-Hugh Millen only played in New England for two seasons, 1991 and 1992. But he ranks seventh in Patriots' history with 4276 passing yards. In 1991, Millen threw for a career high 3073 yards with 9 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.
Mike Taliaferro (3920)-Mike Taliaferro played for the Boston Patriots from 1968 to1970 and ranks eighth in team history with 3920 passing yards. Taliaferro's best season with Boston was 1969, when he made the Pro Bowl with 2160 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.
Butch Songin (3905)-Butch Songin only played for the Patriots in 1960 and 1961, but still ranks ninth in their history with 3905 passing yards. Songin's best season was his rookie year of 1960, when he threw for 2476 yards with 22 TDs and 15 interceptions.
Matt Cavanaugh (3018)-Matt Cavanaugh has played for several different teams, mostly as a backup. He played in New England from 1979 to 1982 and ranks tenth in team history with 3018 passing yards. In 1981, Cavanaugh posted career highs in passing yards (1633) with 5 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.