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AFL/NFL 3,000 Yard Passers State by State Rank: Installment 3

Updated on February 8, 2018
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Larry Rankin analyzes sports, with an especially strong penchant for statistical breakdowns.

Installment 3 of our database gives in-depth statistical data for states 11-17 in our per capita ranking system.

For those of you interested in an overview of the rankings, a table can be found by clicking the installment 1 link in the text box to your right. In addition, links to all installments for the 3,000 yard passer database can be found in the text box to your right.

For those of you that are interested in other state football production databases presented by Larry Rankin, links can be found by clicking the Larry Rankin profile in the upper right-hand corner or by using the links at the end of this page.

References

In compiling this data the author used NFL.com, Profootballreference.com, and Wikipedia for research.

If you encounter any information you believe to be flawed, the author would appreciate your feedback.

Source

11. Kentucky

Per Capita Score: 159

3,000 Yard Passing Performances: 7

Phil Simms wasn’t a flashy player, and the Bill Parcels offensive style he played underemployed a grind it out style, but Sims was an excellent field general.

His Super Bowl victory with the giants in which he went 22/25, threw for 3 touchdowns, and had a 150.9 QB rating is one of the finest Super Bowl performances ever and garnered him a Super Bowl MVP.

Should he be in the Hall of Fame? It is hard to say, but he is certainly worthy of consideration.

Kentucky 3,000 Yard Passing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Yds
Cmp
Att
Cmp%
TD
Int
Rtng
1984 NY Giants
Phil Simms
4,044
286
533
53.7
22
18
78.1
1985 NY Gia
Phil Simms
3,829
275
495
55.6
22
20
78.6
1986 NY Giants
Phil Simms
3,487
259
468
55.3
21
22
74.6
1988 NY Gia
Phil Simms
3,359
263
479
54.9
21
11
82.1
1989 NY Gia
Phil Simms
3,061
228
405
56.3
14
14
77.6
2001 Cle Brwn
Tim Couch
3,040
272
454
59.9
17
21
73.1
1993 NY Gia
Phil Simms
3,038
247
400
61.8
15
9
88.3
Source

12. Ohio

Per Capita Score: 156

3,000 Yard Passing Performances: 18

Arguably the most notable name amongst Ohio born QBs is Roger Staubach, a Hall of Famer who went to 4 Super Bowls with the Cowboys, winning 2 and losing 2 and finishing as MVP of one.

One could also make the argument for Ben Roethlisberger, who has been to 3 Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, winning 2.

Other notable names on Ohio’s list are Bernie Kosar, who had a stellar career for the Browns, and Jim Harbaugh, who had a good career at QB, but is having an elite career as a coach.

Ohio 3,000 Yard Passing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Yds
Cmp
Att
Cmp%
TD
Int
Rtng
2009 Pit Steel
Ben Roethlisberger
4,328
337
506
66.6
26
12
100.5
2013 Pit Steel
Ben Roethlisberger
4,261
375
584
64.2
28
14
92.0
2000 KC Chief
Elvis Grbac
4,169
326
547
59.6
28
14
89.9
2011 Pit Steel
Ben Roethlisberger
4,077
324
513
63.2
21
14
90.1
1986 Cle Brwn
Bernie Kosar
3,854
310
531
58.4
17
10
83.8
1979 Dal Cwby
Roger Staubach
3,586
267
461
57.9
27
11
92.3
1989 Cle Brwn
Bernie Kosar
3,533
303
513
59.1
18
14
80.3
2006 Pit Steel
Ben Roethlisberger
3,513
280
469
59.7
18
23
75.4
1991 Cle Brwn
Bernie Kosar
3,487
307
494
62.1
18
9
87.8
1999 KC Chief
Elvis Grbac
3,389
294
499
58.9
22
15
81.7
2008 Pit Steel
Ben Roethlisberger
3,301
281
469
59.9
17
15
80.1
2012 Pit Steel
Ben Roethlisberger
3,265
284
449
63.3
26
8
97.0
2010 Pit Steel
Ben Roethlisberger
3,200
240
389
61.7
17
5
97.0
1978 Dal Cwby
Roger Staubach
3,190
231
413
55.9
25
16
84.9
2007 Pit Steel
Ben Roethlisberger
3,154
264
404
65.3
32
11
104.1
1991 Chi Bears
Jim Harbaugh
3,121
275
478
57.5
15
16
73.7
2001 Bal Rav
Elvis Grbac
3,033
265
467
56.7
15
18
71.1
1987 Cle Brwn
Bernie Kosar
3,033
241
389
62.0
22
9
95.4
Source

13. Oregon

Per Capita Score: 153

3,000 Yard Passing Performances: 6

Neil Lomax is one of those quarterbacks not many people remember, but considering the talent around him at the Cardinals, he put up some very impressive numbers.

Oregon 3,000 Yard Passing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Yds
Cmp
Att
Cmp%
TD
Int
Rtng
1984 Stl Cards
Neil Lomax
4,614
345
560
61.6
28
16
92.5
2007 Cle Brwn
Derek Anderson
3,787
298
527
56.5
29
19
82.5
1988 Pho Cards
Neil Lomax
3,395
255
443
57.6
20
11
86.7
1987 Stl Cards
Neil Lomax
3,387
275
463
59.4
24
12
88.5
1985 Stl Cards
Neil Lomax
3,214
265
471
56.3
18
12
79.5
2004 Det Lions
Joey Harrington
3,047
274
489
56.0
19
12
77.5
Source

14. Indiana

Per Capita Score: 152

3,000 Yard Passing Performances: 10

Indiana’s list of QBs is somewhat of a laundry list of players that didn’t or haven’t lived up to the lofty expectations fans had for them coming out of college.

Jeff George was very highly touted coming out of college, and he certainly did some good things, but he never quite lived up to what was expected of him. Either fairly or not, many indicated that he was difficult to work with.

Jay Cutler has looked supremely talented at times and not so great at others. Again, fairly or not, he is a player many have complained about as being difficult to work with.

Rex Grossman was another player that was highly thought of coming out of college. He managed to guide the Bears to a Super Bowl appearance in 2006, but with exception of that, his career has been fairly uneventful.

Indiana 3,000 Yard Passing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Yds
Cmp
Att
Cmp%
TD
Int
Rtng
2008 Den Bronc
Jay Cutler
4,526
384
616
62.3
25
18
86.0
1995 Atl Fal
Jeff George
4,143
336
557
60.3
24
11
89.5
1997 Oak Rai
Jeff George
3,917
290
521
55.7
29
9
91.2
1994 Atl Fal
Jeff George
3,734
322
524
61.5
23
18
83.3
2009 Chi Bears
Jay Cutler
3,666
336
555
60.5
27
26
76.8
2007 Den Bronc
Jay Cutler
3,497
297
467
63.6
20
14
88.1
2010 Chi Bears
Jay Cutler
3,274
261
432
60.4
23
16
86.3
2006 Chi Bears
Rex Grossman
3,193
262
480
54.6
23
20
73.9
2011 Was Rdskn
Rex Grossman
3,151
265
458
57.9
16
20
72.4
2012 Chi Bears
Jay Cutler
3,033
255
434
58.8
19
14
81.3
Source

15. Virginia

Per Capita Score: 145

3,000 Yard Passing Performances: 12

There have been a number of talented quarterbacks to come out of Virginia. Perhaps the greatest career was that of Fran Tarkenton, who at the time of his retirement had almost ever career passing record. Takenton took the Vikings to 3 Super Bowls, though he lost all of them, and is a member of the Hall of Fame.

Those who remember Tarkenton usually describe him as an elusive QB with poor arm strength and a knack for finding open receivers, especially on short routes.

Before Drew Brees, Aaron Brooks was the field general for the Saints and had a number of good seasons.

Michael Vick is arguably the most physically talented QB to ever play the game, and he is the only quarterback to ever rush for over 1,000 yards in a season.

Russell Wilson is not a flashy quarterback. With above average speed, he is undersized with average arm strength, but has been an elite team manager for the Seahawks. Wilson already has a Super Bowl ring.

Obscure Stat: Norm Snead’s 175 completions in 1963 are the fewest for any QB ending a season with over 3,000 yards.

Virginia 3,000 Yard Passing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Yds
Cmp
Att
Cmp%
TD
Int
Rtng
2001 NO Saints
Aaron Brooks
3,832
312
558
55.9
26
22
76.4
2004 NO Saints
Aaron Brooks
3,810
309
542
57.0
21
16
79.5
2002 NO Saints
Aaron Brooks
3,572
283
528
53.6
27
15
80.1
2003 NO Saints
Aaron Brooks
3,546
306
518
59.1
24
8
88.8
1978 Min Vik
Fran Tarkenton
3,468
345
572
60.3
25
32
68.9
1967 Phi Eagles
Norm Snead
3,399
240
434
55.3
29
24
80.0
2013 Sea Shwk
Russell Wilson
3,357
257
407
63.1
26
9
101.2
2011 Phi Eagles
Michael Vick
3,303
253
423
59.8
18
14
84.9
2012 Sea Shwk
Russell Wilson
3,118
252
393
64.1
26
10
100.0
1967 NY Gia
Fran Tarkenton
3,088
204
377
54.1
29
19
85.9
1963 Was Rdskn
Norm Snead
3,043
175
363
48.2
13
27
58.1
2010 Phi Eagles
Michael Vick
3,018
233
372
62.6
21
6
100.2
Source

16. Wisconsin

Per Capita Score: 139

3,000 Yard Passing Performances: 8

Dave Krieg is the standout performer at QB for Wisconsin thus far, though Colin Kaepernick is still early in what looks to be a very promising career.

Many people overlook that Dave Krieg had a statistically significant career on many levels. With almost 40,000 career passing yards and 261 career touchdowns, had it not been for his lack of post-season games and penchant to fumble the ball, he would surely be in the Hall of Fame.

Dubious Distinction: Dave Krieg’s 153 career fumbles is an NFL record he probably doesn’t want.

Wisconsin 3,000 Yard Passing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Yds
Cmp
Att
Cmp%
TD
Int
Rtng
1986 Was Rdskn
Jay Schroeder
4,109
276
541
51.0
22
22
72.9
1984 Sea Shwk
Dave Krieg
3,671
276
480
57.5
32
24
83.3
1985 Sea Shwk
Dave Krieg
3,602
285
532
53.6
27
20
76.2
1995 Ari Cards
Dave Krieg
3,554
304
521
58.3
16
21
72.6
1989 Sea Shwk
Dave Krieg
3,309
286
499
57.3
21
20
74.8
2013 SF 49ers
Colin Kaepernick
3,197
243
416
58.4
21
8
91.6
1990 Sea Shwk
Dave Krieg
3,194
265
448
59.2
15
20
73.6
1992 KC Chief
Dave Krieg
3,115
230
413
55.7
15
12
79.9
Source

17. New Jersey

Per Capita Score: 135

3,000 Yard Passing Performances: 12

Joe Flacco is certainly the most significant quarterback to come out of the state of New Jersey. Thus far in his career, he has taken the Ravens to the playoffs every season save one, has won a Super Bowl, and garnered MVP honors.

Also of note for New Jersey is the career of Joe Theismann, who led the Washington Redskins to 2 Super Bowl appearances during his career, winning one. Theismann’s career was ended by Lawrence Taylor, who snapped his leg on a tackle that is considered one of the most gruesome injuries in NFL history.

Obscure State: Frank Tripucka was among three players to first break the 3,000 yard passing barrier in 1960.

New Jersey 3,000 Yard Passing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Yds
Cmp
Att
Cmp%
TD
Int
Rtng
2013 Bal Rav
Joe Flacco
3,912
362
614
59.0
19
22
73.1
2012 Bal Rav
Joe Flacco
3,817
317
531
59.7
22
10
87.7
1983 Was Rdskn
Joe Theismann
3,714
276
459
60.1
29
11
97.0
2010 Bal Rav
Joe Flacco
3,622
306
489
62.6
25
10
93.6
2008 Jax Jag
David Garrard
3,620
335
535
62.6
15
13
81.7
2009 Bal Rav
Joe Flacco
3,613
315
499
63.1
21
12
88.9
2011 Bal Ravens
Joe Flacco
3,610
312
542
57.6
20
12
80.9
2009 Jax Jag
David Garrard
3,597
314
516
60.9
15
10
83.5
1981 Was Rdskn
Joe Theismann
3,568
293
496
59.1
19
20
77.3
1984 Was Rdskn
Joe Theismann
3,391
283
477
59.3
24
13
86.6
1993 Pit Steel
Neil O?Donnell
3,208
270
486
55.6
14
7
79.5
1960 Den Bronc
Frank Tripucka
3,038
248
478
51.9
24
34
58.9

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      Larry Rankin 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Billy: you know, these databases I've done may not be that flashy, but I think they're very interesting for those of us that are curious about such things..

      Thanks so much for your support.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very cool read!

    • Larry Rankin profile imageAUTHOR

      Larry Rankin 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma

      For animal lovers like myself Vick is hard to forgive. I tell myself, He did his time and gets a second chance, because that is how it's supposed to work, but I don't have to cheer for him.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 years ago from USA

      I sure wish we could erase Michael Vick's name. Overall, history will judge him. Numbers are numbers.

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