Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Passing Leaders (Yardage)
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have won more Super Bowls than any other franchise (five out of six appearances) not named the Dallas Cowboys (who have also won five). And while the Steelers play in a cold weather city and have built teams around defense and a solid running game, the team has also produced some great quarterbacks. Terry Bradshaw is the name everyone might remember, and he has a great resume. But Big Ben Roethlisberger is fast becoming one of the franchise greats as well. Here is the Top 10 list of passing yardage leaders in Steelers'history:
Terry Bradshaw (27,989)-Terry Bradshaw was a prototypical field general who won 107 games for the Steelers between 1970 and 1983. Bradshaw passed for 27,989 yards (ranking first in team history) over the course of his career and led the Steelers to four Super Bowl wins. He did have a penchant for throwing interceptions (210) but also for touchdowns (212). Bradshaw's best season was 1979, when he threw for 3724 yards and 26 TDs with 25 interceptions.
Kordell Stewart (13,328)-Kordell "Slash" Stewart was a rusher as much as he was a QB. In addition to ranking second in Steelers history with 13,328 passing yards, Stewart also rushed for 2561 yards while with Pittsburgh, where he played from 1995 to 2002. Stewart's best season was his Pro Bowl year of 2001, when he completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 3109 yards with 14 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions.
Neil O'Donnell (12,867)-Neil O'Donnell began his career in Pittsburgh and played there from 1991 to 1995. Over that time, O'Donnell passed for 12,867 yards, ranking him third in team history. O'Donnell's best season for the Steelers was 1993, when he completed 270 of 486 passes for a career high 3208 yards with 14 touchdowns and just 7 interceptions.
Ben Roethlisberger (11.673)-Big Ben Roethlisberger has only been in the league since 2004, but he already ranks fourth in Steelers history with 11,673 passing yards. Roethlisberger also led Pittsburgh to a Super Bowl win following the 2005 season when they were underdogs for most of the postseason. Roethlisberger threw for 3513 yards in 2006, but had a career high of 23 interceptions in a season in which he was recovering from a motorcycle accident. But 2007 was Big Ben's best season, when he passed for 3154 yards with 32 TDs and just 11 picks, earning his first Pro Bowl selection.
Bubby Brister (10,104)-Bubby Brister was with the Steelers from 1986 to 1992, and was an average 28-29 as a starter. Brister does rank fifth in franchise history with 10,104 passing yards. His best season with the team was 1990, when Brister threw for 2725 yards with 20 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Bobby Layne (9030)-Bobby Layne played the final four-plus years of his career with Pittsburgh, from 1958 to 1962. During that time, Layne passed for 9030 yards, which ranks him sixth in team history. But Layne also threw for more interceptions (243) than TDs (196) over the course of his career. His best season for the Steelers was 1958, when Layne passed for 2339 yards in just 10 games, with 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Jim Finks (8622)-Jim Finks played his entire brief (seven seasons) career with Pittsburgh, from 1949 to 1955. Finks ranks seventh in team history with 8622 passing yards, and his best season was 1952. That year, Finks made the Pro Bowl with 2307 yards passing with 20 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.
Mark Malone (8582)-Mark Malone played most of his career with the Steelers, from 1980 to 1987. Malone became the starter after Terry Bradshaw retired after the 1983 season, and had huge shoes to fill. He threw for 8582 yards with Pittsburgh, ranking Malone eighth in team history. Malone's best season with the Steelers was 1986, when he had a career high 2444 passing yards and 15 touchdowns despite 18 interceptions.
Tommy Maddox (7139)-Journeyman Tommy Maddox played for the Steelers from 2001 to 2005, and over that time threw for 7139 yards. His best season was the one year he started every game for Pittsburgh, 1986. That season, Maddox completed 298 of 519 yards for 3414 yards with 18 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
Mike Tomczak (6649)-The Steelers were Mike Tomczak's fourth team, and he played in Pittsburgh from 1993 to 1999. Tomczak passed for 6649 yards over that time, ranking him tenth in team history. Tomczak's best season was 1996 when he completed 222 of 401 passes for 2767 yards (career high) with 15 touchdowns.