New York Jets’ All-Time Passing Leaders (Yardage)
The Jets play in the same stadium as the Giants, and have only been in the NFL for forty years or so since the AFL-NFL merger. But this list of the Jets' all-time Top 10 in passing yards includes those AFL days, and it should. Other than Joe Namath, and now, Brett Favre, the Jets haven't really had many marquee names at the quarterback position. But some of these guys had very nice, if under-the-radar careers.
Joe Namath (27,057)-He's known mostly for the amazing upset against the Colts in Super Bowl III, but Joe Namath had a nice, long career with the Jets, from 1965 to 1976. Namath leads the franchise all-time with 27,057 passing yards. He had more interceptions (215) than touchdowns (170). Namath's best season was 1967, when he completed 258 of 491 passes for 4007 yards and 26 touchdowns despite 28 interceptions.
Ken O'Brien (24,386)-Ken O'Brien was with the Jets from 1984 to 1992, and ranks second in their history with 24,386 passing yards. 1985 was O'Brien's best season, when he made the Pro Bowl by completing 297 of 488 passes for 3888 yards and 25 touchdowns to just 8 interceptions.
Richard Todd (18,241)-Richard Todd had the unenviable task of taking over for the legend Joe Namath, and played for the Jets from 1976 to 1983. Todd ranks third in Jets' history with 18,241 yards. His best season for the team was 1983, when, despite 26 interceptions, Todd threw for 3478 yards with 18 touchdown passes.
Chad Pennington (13,738)-Though he had a love-hate relationship with Jets' fans, Chad Pennington was fairly productive in his time with the team, from 2000 to 2007, when he wasn't hurt. Pennington ranks fourth in team history with 13,738 yards, and while he had a career high 3352 passing yards in 2006, Pennington's best overall season was 2002-3120 yards, 22 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions. Pennington was released and signed with Miami in 2008 after Brett Favre signed with the Jets.
Vinny Testaverde (12,497)-Vinny Testaverde was with the Jets from 1998 to 2005, and ranks fifth in the team's history with 12,497 passing yards. Testaverde's best season as a Jet was 1998, when he completed 259 of 421 passes for 3256 yards and 29 touchdowns to just 7 interceptions.
Boomer Esiason (8478)-Like Testaverde, Esiason grew up on Long Island and came to New York to play for his hometown team. Esiason played for the Jets from 1993 to 1995, and ranks sixth in team history with 8478 passing yards. Esiason's best season with the Jets was 1993, when he threw for 3421 yards with 16 touchdowns to 11 interceptions.
Al Dorow (5399)-Al Dorow played for the Jets in 1960 and 1961 when they were known as the Titans, and ranks seventh in franchise history with 5399 passing yards. Dorow's best season with the Jets was 1960, when he threw for 2748 yards with 26 touchdowns, despite 26 interceptions.
Dick Wood (4502)-Dick Wood, like Dorow, played for the Jets for just two seasons, 1963 and 1964. But he ranks eighth in team history with 4502 passing yards. Wood's best season with New York was 1964, when, despite 25 interceptions, he threw for 2298 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Pat Ryan (4222)-Pat Ryan was with the Jets from 1978 to 1989 and though he didn't start many games, still passed for 4222 yards, ranking him ninth in team history. Ryan started 11 games in 1984, and that was his best season, with 1939 yards, 14 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Neil O'Donnell (3943)-Neil O'Donnell played two seasons in New York, 1996 and 1997, and ranks tenth in Jets' history with 3943 yards. In 1997, O'Donnell had his best season with the Jets, starting 15 games and throwing for 2796 yards with 17 TDs and just 7 interceptions.