San Diego Chargers’ All-Time Passing Leaders (Yardage)
You might think there is Dan Fouts and no one else when it comes to San Diego Chargers' all-time quarterbacks. But considering that the west coast offense rules on, well, the west coast, there have been a few other names that have thrown for a good amount of yardage for the Chargers. Here is a list of the all-time Top 10 in passing yards for San Diego's franchise:
Dan Fouts (43,040)-Fouts, who played for the Chargers his entire career (1973 to 1987), ranks eighth in NFL history with his 43,040 passing yards, which not surprisingly has him on top of the Chargers' record book. Fouts made the Pro Bowl six times, and threw 254 touchdown passes. 1981 was his best season, with career highs in passing yards (4802) and touchdowns (33), with 17 interceptions. And in the strike shortened 1982 season, Fouts threw for an NFL single-season record 320.3 yards per game average.
John Hadl (26,938)-John Hadl played QB for the Chargers for most of his career, from 1962 to 1972. He ranks second in team history with 26,938 passing yards, and his best season with San Diego was 1968. That year, despite 32 interceptions, Hadl had career high numbers in passing yards (3473) and TD passes (27).
Stan Humphries (16,085)-Stan Humphries had a few nice seasons with the Chargers, and played in San Diego from 1992 to 1997. Humphries is third in franchise history with 16,085 passing yards, and his best season for the team was 1995, when he threw for a career best 3381 yards with 17 touchdowns and 14 picks.
Drew Brees (12,348)-Most people associate Drew Brees with the New Orleans Saints, who he has played for since 2006. But Brees got his start in San Diego, and eventually was let go to make room for Philip Rivers. Brees played for the Chargers from 2001 to 2005 and ranks fourth in their history with 12,348 passing yards. His best season in San Diego was 2005, when he threw for 3576 yards with 24 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Philip Rivers (8177)-Rivers, who will forever be linked to NFL Draft Day in 2004 when he was chosen by the Giants and traded for Eli Manning. But Rivers, who has started for the Chargers since 2006, is quickly becoming a star in his own right. He already ranks fifth in Chargers' history as I write this in 2008, with 8177 passing yards. In 2006, Rivers led the Chargers to a 14-2 record, throwing for a career best 3388 yards with 22 TD passes (also career high) and just 9 interceptions.
Jack Kemp (5996)-Jack Kemp only played two-plus seasons for the Chargers, beginning in 1960 when they were based in Los Angeles. Kemp ranks sixth in Chargers' history with 5996 passing yards, and his best season for the team was 1960. That year, despite 25 picks, Kemp threw for career highs in yards (3018) and touchdown passes (20).
Doug Flutie (4901)-Journeyman Doug Flutie played for four seasons in San Diego, from 2001 to 2005. He ranks seventh in Chargers' history with 4901 passing yards, aided mostly by his 2001 season in which he started every game. That year, Flutie threw for a career best 3464 yards with 15 TDs and 18 interceptions.
John Friesz (4396)-John Friesz played parts of three seasons with the Chargers between 1991 and 1994, and ranks eighth in their history with 4396 passing yards. Friesz started every game in 1991, his best season. That year, despite 15 interceptions, Friesz threw for career highs in yards (2896) and touchdowns (12).
Jim Harbaugh (4177)-Journeyman Jim Harbaugh played for the Chargers his final two NFL seasons, 1999 and 2000. Despite starting just 17 games in those two years, Harbaugh ranks ninth in Chargers' history with 4177 passing yards. His best season in San Diego was 1999, when he threw for 2761 yards with 10 TD passes and 14 picks.
Billy Joe Toliver (3671)-Billy Joe Toliver began his career with the Chargers and played in San Diego in 1989 and 1990. Toliver ranks tenth in franchise history with 3671 passing yards, and his best season for San Diego was 1990. That year, Toliver had career high numbers in yards (2574) and touchdowns (16) as well as interceptions (16).