New Orleans Saints’ All-Time Passing Leaders (Yardage)
The New Orleans Saints have been an NFL team since 1967, and though they have never played in a Super Bowl, have had some pretty competitive teams over the years. They also have had some lousy ones. Here is a list of the Saints' all-time Top 10 in passing yards, with a familiar name in NFL QBs at the top:
Archie Manning (21,734)-Archie Manning may be better known for spawning two Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks, Peyton and Eli. But he was a pretty great QB himself, despite playing on some very bad Saints teams from 1971 to 1982. Manning leads the team all-time with 21,734 passing yards, and his best season as 1980. That year, despite throwing 20 interceptions, Manning had career highs in yards (3716) and touchdown passes (23).
Aaron Brooks (19,156)-Aaron Brooks was a very good player, and was with the Saints from 2000 to 2005. But with him, the Saints were mediocre, and Brooks came before Sean Payton and Drew Brees. Brooks does, however, rank second in franchise history with 19,156 passing yards. He had a career high 3832 passing yards in 2001, but Brooks' best overall season was 2002-that year, Brooks threw for 3572 yards with a career high 27 TD passes and 15 interceptions.
Bobby Hebert (14,630)-Bobby Hebert was a local boy and had some very good seasons in New Orleans. Hebert played for the Saints from 1985 to 1992 and ranks third in team history with 14,630 yards passing. His best season for the Saints was his Pro Bowl season of 1993 with 2978 yards, 24 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. But Hebert's career high of 3287 passing yards came in 1992.
Drew Brees (10,834)-If Drew Brees stays with the Saints for a while, chances are good he will wind up on top of this list. In just two-plus seasons with New Orleans as I write this, Brees already ranks fourth in Saints' history with 10,834 passing yards. His best season was 2007, with career highs in passing yards (4423), and TD passes (28) with 18 picks. But Brees is on pace for over 5000 yards in 2008 through six games.
Jim Everett (10,622)-Jim Everett only played three seasons for the Saints, from 1994 to 1996, but ranks fifth in team history with 10,622 passing yards. Everett's best season in New Orleans was 1995, with 3970 passing yards, 26 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions.
Billy Kilmer (7490)-Billy Kilmer was a journeyman QB who played just four seasons in New Orleans, 1967 to 1970. He ranks sixth in Saints' history with 7490 passing yards, and Kilmer's best season for the team was 1969, when he threw for a career best 2532 yards with 20 touchdowns and 17 picks.
Dave Wilson (6987)-Dave Wilson started 31 games for the Saints, his only team, from 1981 to 1988. He ranks seventh in franchise history with 6987 passing yards, and his best season was 1986. That year, despite 17 interceptions, Wilson threw for career highs in yards (2353) and TD passes (10).
Steve Walsh (3879)-Steve Walsh played for the Saints for a short time, from 1990 to 1993. He ranks eighth in team history with 3879 passing yards, and his best season with the Saints was 1991. That year, in just 7 starts, Walsh threw for 1638 yards with 11 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.
Ken Stabler (3670)-After several amazing seasons in Oakland, Ken "The Snake" Stabler was called on to QB the Saints after Archie Manning retired, from 1982 to 1984. Stabler threw a few too many interceptions late in his career, however. Though he ranks ninth in Saints' history with 3670 passing yards, Stabler's best season in New Orleans was 1983, when he threw for 1988 yards with 9 TD passes and 18 picks.
Billy Joe Toliver (3343)-Billy Joe Toliver, who has the perfect name for a Southern QB, played for the Saints in 1998 and 1999, and ranks tenth in team history with 3343 passing yards. Toliver's best season for New Orleans was 1999-that year, despite 16 interceptions, Toliver threw for 1916 yards and seven TDs.