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AFL/NFL 3,000 Yard Passers State by State Rank: Installment 4

Updated on November 27, 2014
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Larry Rankin analyzes sports, with an especially strong penchant for statistical breakdowns.

Installment 4 of our database gives in-depth statistical data for states 18-30 in our per capita ranking system, as well as statistical data for QBs to throw for over 3,000 yards that were born in Washington, DC or outside of the U.S.

In addition, at the end of this installment there will be a list of those states yet to have a quarterback throw for 3,000 yards or more..

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 via 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.

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18. Massachusetts

Per Capita Score: 120

3,000 Yard Passing Performances: 8

Matt Hasselbeck was a late round pick out of Boston College who wasn’t really expected to make a team. He has went on to have a stellar career.

Though Hasselbeck still plays, it would seem his career is winding down. Among his accomplishments: he has had 8 career 3,000 yard passing seasons, and was the first QB to lead the Seahawks to a Super Bowl appearance.

Massachusetts 3,000 Yard Passing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Yds
Cmp
Att
Cmp%
TD
Int
Rtng
2007 Sea Shwk
Matt Hasselbeck
3,966
352
562
62.6
28
12
91.4
2003 Sea Shwk
Matt Hasselbeck
3,841
313
513
61.0
26
15
88.8
2011 Tenn Ttn
Matt Hasselbeck
3,571
319
518
61.6
18
14
82.4
2005 Sea Shwk
Matt Hasselbeck
3,459
294
449
65.5
24
9
98.2
2004 Sea Shwk
Matt Hasselbeck
3,382
279
474
58.9
22
15
83.1
2002 Sea Shwk
Matt Hasselbeck
3,075
267
419
63.7
15
10
87.8
2009 Sea Shwk
Matt Hasselbeck
3,029
293
488
60.0
17
17
75.1
2010 Sea Shwk
Matt Hasselbeck
3,001
266
444
59.9
12
17
73.2
Source

19. New York

Per Capita Score: 117

3,000 Yard Passing Performances: 23

Boomer Esiason probably has had the best career of any New York born QB. In 1989 he led the Bengals to one of the most entertaining Super Bowls in NFL history, which the Bengals lost to the 49ers.

Ron Jaworski also had a distinguished career, leading the Eagles to a Super Bowl loss against the Raiders in 1981.

Also of note is Vinny Testaverde, a highly touted athlete out of college who had an up and down career that spanned 21 years. His over 46,000 career passing yards and 275 touchdowns ranks among some of the top performers in NFL history.

Dubious Distinction: Vinny Testaverde’s performance in 1988 is probably the worst overall performance of any QB with significant playing time in NFL history. His 35 interceptions that season are the most of any QB throwing for more than 3,000, but not the record. George Blanda threw 42 in 1962.

His 47.6% completion percentage is also not the worst ever, but close to it. But his QB Rating of 48.8 is the worst ever compiled by a QB throwing for more than 3,000 yards in a season.

Testaverde compiled these stats on a very poor Buccaneers team very early in his career. Though Testaverde experienced many ups and downs, he went on to have several quality seasons.

New York 3,000 Yard Passing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Yds
Cmp
Att
Cmp%
TD
Int
Rtng
1989 GB Pack
Don Majkowski
4,318
353
599
58.9
27
20
82.3
1996 Bal Rav
Vinny Testaverde
4,177
325
549
59.2
33
19
88.7
1986 Cin Beng
Boomer Esiason
3,959
273
469
58.2
24
17
87.7
1985 NY Jets
Ken O'Brien
3,888
297
488
60.9
25
8
96.2
2000 NY Jets
Vinny Testaverde
3,732
328
590
55.6
21
25
69.0
1986 NY Jets
Ken O'Brien
3,690
300
482
62.2
25
20
85.8
1988 Cin Beng
Boomer Esiason
3,572
223
388
57.5
28
14
97.4
2004 Dal Cwby
Vinny Testaverde
3,532
297
495
60.0
17
20
76.4
1980 Phi Eagles
Ron Jaworski
3,529
257
451
57.0
27
12
91.0
1989 Cin Beng
Boomer Esiason
3,525
258
455
56.7
28
11
92.1
1985 Phi Eagles
Ron Jaworski
3,450
255
484
52.7
17
20
70.2
1985 Cin Beng
Boomer Esiason
3,443
251
431
58.2
27
12
93.2
1993 NY Jets
Boomer Esiason
3,421
288
473
60.9
16
11
84.5
1989 NY Jets
Ken O'Brien
3,346
288
477
60.4
12
18
74.3
1987 Cin Beng
Boomer Esiason
3,321
240
440
54.5
16
19
73.1
1983 Phi Eagles
Ron Jaworski
3,315
235
446
52.7
20
18
75.1
1991 NY Jets
Ken O'Brien
3,300
287
489
58.7
10
11
76.6
2001 Mia Dlph
Jay Fiedler
3,290
273
450
60.7
20
19
80.3
1998 NY Jets
Vinny Testaverde
3,256
259
421
61.5
29
7
101.6
1988 TB Bucs
Vinny Testaverde
3,240
222
466
47.6
13
35
48.8
1989 TB Bucs
Vinny Testaverde
3,133
258
480
53.8
20
22
68.9
1981 Phi Eagles
Ron Jaworski
3,095
250
461
54.2
23
20
73.8
1990 Cin Beng
Boomer Esiason
3,031
224
402
55.7
24
22
77.0
Source

20. Texas

Per Capita Score: 110

3,000 Yard Passing Performances: 29

Drew Brees has thrown for over 5,000 yards 4 times in his career, a feat no other quarterback has accomplished more than once. He also has a Super Bowl victory and MVP.

Texas is also the birth state of Y.A. Tittle, a Hall of Fame quarterback who played before the passing game was so open and evolved. Though his stats pale in comparison to those of Brees, the career he had during the period in which he played is arguably as significant.

As for the future of Texas QBs, Andy Dalton and Ryan Tannehill have made strong showings early in their careers.

Obscure Stats: Drew Brees’ 468 completions and 71.2% completion percentage in 2011 are both current NFL records.

Texas 3,000 Yard Passing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Yds
Cmp
Att
Cmp%
TD
Int
Rtng
2011 NO Saints
Drew Brees
5,476
468
657
71.2
46
14
110.6
2012 NO Saints
Drew Brees
5,177
422
670
63.0
43
19
96.3
2013 NO Saints
Drew Brees
5,162
446
650
68.6
39
12
104.7
2008 NO Saints
Drew Brees
5,069
413
635
65.0
34
17
96.2
2010 NO Saints
Drew Brees
4,620
448
658
68.1
33
22
90.9
2007 NO Saints
Drew Brees
4,423
440
652
67.5
28
18
89.4
2006 NO Saints
Drew Brees
4,418
356
554
64.3
26
11
96.2
2009 NO Saints
Drew Brees
4,388
363
514
70.6
34
11
109.6
2013 Cin Beng
Andy Dalton
4,293
363
586
61.9
33
20
88.8
2013 Mia Dlph
Ryan Tannehill
3,913
355
588
60.4
24
17
81.7
1981 Min Vik
Tommy Kramer
3,912
322
593
54.3
26
24
72.6
2012 Cin Beng
Andy Dalton
3,669
329
528
62.3
27
16
87.4
1981 Buf Bills
Joe Ferguson
3,652
252
498
50.6
24
20
74.1
1980 Min Vik
Tommy Kramer
3,582
299
522
57.3
19
23
72.2
2005 SD Chrg
Drew Brees
3,576
323
500
64.6
24
15
89.2
1979 Buf Bills
Joe Ferguson
3,572
238
458
52.0
14
15
74.4
1985 Min Vik
Tommy Kramer
3,522
277
506
54.7
19
26
67.8
2011 Cin Beng
Andy Dalton
3,398
300
516
58.1
20
13
80.4
1979 Min Vik
Tommy Kramer
3,397
315
566
55.7
23
24
69.3
2012 Mia Dlph
Ryan Tannehill
3,294
282
484
58.3
12
13
76.1
1979 NE Pats
Steve Grogan
3,286
206
423
48.7
28
20
77.4
2002 SD Chrg
Drew Brees
3,284
320
526
60.8
17
16
76.9
1963 Stl Cards
Charley Johnson
3,280
222
423
52.5
28
21
79.5
1986 GB Pack
Randy Wright
3,247
263
492
53.5
17
23
66.2
1962 NY Gia
Y.A. Tittle
3,224
200
375
53.3
33
20
89.5
2004 SD Chrg
Drew Brees
3,159
262
400
65.5
27
7
104.8
1963 NY Gia
Y.A. Tittle
3,145
221
367
60.2
36
14
104.8
1964 Stl Cards
Charley Johnson
3,045
223
420
53.1
21
24
69.4
1986 Min Vik
Tommy Kramer
3,000
208
372
55.9
24
10
92.6
Source

21. Arizona

Per Capita Score: 106

3,000 Yard Passing Performances: 7

Danny White had a quality career and went to two Super Bowls, winning one, though he was a backup to Roger Staubach in both games. He would never take a team to the Super Bowl while at the helm, but he did win a lot of games as starting QB for the Cowboys.

Ryan Fitzpatrick is an interesting story, a Harvard graduate picked late in the NFL Draft, he has went on to exceed all expectations and become a solid professional quarterback.

Arizona 3,000 Yard Passing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Yds
Cmp
Att
Cmp%
TD
Int
Rtng
1984 Dal Cwby
Danny White
3,980
334
533
62.7
29
23
85.6
2011 Buf Bills
Ryan Fitzpatrick
3,832
353
569
62.0
24
23
79.1
2012 Buf Bills
Ryan Fitzpatrick
3,400
306
505
60.6
24
16
83.3
1980 Dal Cwby
Danny White
3,287
260
436
59.6
28
25
80.7
1985 Dal Cwby
Danny White
3,157
267
450
59.3
21
17
80.6
1981 Dal Cwby
Danny White
3,098
223
391
57.0
22
13
87.5
2010 Buf Bills
Ryan Fitzpatrick
3,000
255
441
57.8
23
15
81.8
Source

22. Illinois

Per Capita Score: 93

3,000 Yard Passing Performances: 12

Donovan McNabb had a tremendous career with the Philadelphia Eagles, leading them to a Super Bowl in 2004. Though they lost to the Patriots, it was one of the more exciting Super Bowls in recent memory.

Also of note is Ken Anderson, who had a standout career with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Illinois 3,000 Yard Passing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Yds
Cmp
Att
Cmp%
TD
Int
Rtng
2008 Phi Eagles
Donovan McNabb
3,916
345
571
60.4
23
11
86.4
2004 Phi Eagles
Donovan McNabb
3,875
300
469
64.0
31
8
104.7
1981 Cin Beng
Ken Anderson
3,754
300
479
62.6
29
10
98.4
2009 Phi Eagles
Donovan McNabb
3,553
267
443
60.3
22
10
92.9
2010 Was Rdskn
Donovan McNabb
3,377
275
472
58.3
14
15
77.1
2000 Phi Eagles
Donovan McNabb
3,365
330
569
58.0
21
13
77.8
2007 Phi Eagles
Donovan McNabb
3,324
291
473
61.5
19
7
89.9
2001 Phi Eagles
Donovan McNabb
3,233
285
493
57.8
25
12
84.3
2003 Phi Eagles
Donovan McNabb
3,216
275
478
57.5
16
11
79.6
1975 Cin Beng
Ken Anderson
3,169
228
377
60.5
21
11
93.9
1978 Stl Cards
Jim Hart
3,121
240
477
50.3
16
18
66.7
1967 Stl Cards
Jim Hart
3,008
192
397
48.4
19
30
58.4
Source

23. Georgia

Per Capita Score: 90

3,000 Yard Passing Performances: 9

Cam Newton is the most promising QB to come out of Georgia, but he is still early in his career and only time will tell.

Brad Johnson was an afterthought draft pick who wound up having a solid career.

Georgia 3,000 Yard Passing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Yds
Cmp
Att
Cmp%
TD
Int
Rtng
2011 Car Pan
Cam Newton
4,051
310
517
60.0
21
17
84.5
1999 Was Rdskn
Brad Johnson
4,005
316
519
60.9
24
13
90.0
2012 Car Pan
Cam Newton
3,869
280
485
57.7
19
12
86.2
2003 TB Buc
Brad Johnson
3,811
354
570
62.1
26
21
81.5
2001 TB Bucs
Brad Johnson
3,406
340
559
60.8
13
11
77.7
2013 Car Pan
Cam Newton
3,379
292
473
61.7
24
13
88.8
2003 Dal Cwby
Quincy Carter
3,302
292
505
57.8
17
21
71.4
2002 TB Bucs
Brad Johnson
3,049
281
451
62.3
22
6
92.9
1997 Min Vik
Brad Johnson
3,036
275
452
60.8
20
12
84.5
Source

24. Oklahoma

Per Capita Score: 78

3,000 Yard Passing Performances: 3

Both Oklahoma QBs to break the 3,000 yard barrier are recent draft picks. Sam Bradford was a top pick who has shown great promise when healthy, but with a series of season ending injuries, a positive outcome seems doubtful.

Brandon Weeden is a first round pick the likes of Chris Weinke. He played pro baseball for several years before pursuing a football career, and was almost 30 by the time of his rookie season. Though he was given a chance with the Browns, inconsistent play and injuries have him currently as a backup for the Cowboys.

Oklahoma 3,000 Yard Passing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Yds
Cmp
Att
Cmp%
TD
Int
Rtng
2012 Stl Rams
Sam Bradford
3,702
328
551
59.5
21
13
82.6
2010 Stl Rams
Sam Bradford
3,512
354
590
60.0
18
15
76.5
2012 Cle Brwn
Brandon Weeden
3,385
297
517
57.4
14
17
72.6
Source

25. Florida

Per Capita Score: 66

3,000 Yard Passing Performances: 13

Matthew Stafford has been a top yardage passer for several years, though his accuracy and consistency at times comes up short.

Daunte Culpepper was perhaps the most physically intimidating QB to ever play the game. At 6’4” and almost 270 pounds, he was also mobile. In 2004 he had one of the better seasons recorded in NFL history, but sadly his window of effectiveness as a player was short-lived.

Obscure Stats: Matthew Stafford’s 727 attempts in 2011 are the most ever in a season by an NFL QB.

Florida 3,000 Yard Passing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Yds
Cmp
Att
Cmp%
TD
Int
Rtng
2011 Det Lions
Matthew Stafford
5,038
421
663
63.5
41
16
97.2
2012 Det Lions
Matthew Stafford
4,967
435
727
59.8
20
17
79.8
2004 Min Vik
Daunte Culpepper
4,717
379
548
69.2
39
11
110.9
2013 Det Lions
Matthew Stafford
4,650
371
634
58.5
29
19
84.2
2000 Min Vik
Daunte Culpepper
3,937
297
474
62.7
33
16
98.0
2002 Min Vik
Daunte Culpepper
3,853
333
549
60.7
18
23
75.3
1995 Cin Beng
Jeff Blake
3,822
326
567
57.5
28
17
82.1
1996 Cin Beng
Jeff Blake
3,624
308
549
56.1
24
14
80.3
2003 Min Vik
Daunte Culpepper
3,479
295
454
65.0
25
11
96.4
2002 Den Bronc
Brian Griese
3,214
291
436
66.7
15
15
85.6
1993 TB Bucs
Craig Erickson
3,054
233
457
51.0
18
21
66.4
2013 NY Jets
Geno Smith
3,046
247
443
55.8
12
21
66.5
1999 Den Bronc
Brian Griese
3,032
261
452
57.7
14
14
75.6
Source

26. Tennessee

Per Capita Score: 62

3,000 Yard Passing Performances: 4

Chad Pennington’s story is one of elite football I.Q. largely negated by inferior physical talent. Had Pennington had a strong arm, he may well have been one of the best to ever play the game.

Tennessee 3,000 Yard Passing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Yds
Cmp
Att
Cmp%
TD
Int
Rtng
2008 Mia Dlph
Chad Pennington
3,653
321
476
67.4
19
7
97.4
2006 NY Jets
Chad Pennington
3,352
313
485
64.5
17
16
82.6
1962 Chi Bears
Billy Wade
3,172
225
412
54.6
18
24
70.0
2002 NY Jets
Chad Pennington
3,120
275
399
68.9
22
6
104.2
Source

27. North Carolina

Per Capita Score: 61

3,000 Yard Passing Performances: 6

Sonny Jurgensen is a Hall of Famer who put up big time stats before quarterbacks put up big time stats, and though he never played in a Super Bowl, his over 32,000 career passing yards and 255 TDs are epic accomplishments for the time-period in which he played.

North Carolina 3,000 Yard Passing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Yds
Cmp
Att
Cmp%
TD
Int
Rtng
1967 Was Rdskn
Sonny Jurgensen
3,747
288
508
56.7
31
16
87.3
1961 Phi Eagles
Sonny Jurgensen
3,723
235
416
56.5
32
24
88.1
1962 Phi Eagles
Sonny Jurgensen
3,261
196
366
53.6
22
26
74.3
1973 Phi Eagles
Roman Gabriel
3,219
270
460
58.7
23
12
86.0
1966 Was Rdskn
Sonny Jurgensen
3,209
254
436
58.3
28
19
84.5
1969 Was Rdskn
Sonny Jurgensen
3,102
274
442
62.0
22
15
85.4
Source

28. Missouri

Per Capita Score: 50

3,000 Yard Passing Performances: 3

Josh Freeman’s career started out very promising, but via some bad breaks, he is currently an unsigned free agent.

Missouri 3,000 Yard Passing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Yds
Cmp
Att
Cmp%
TD
Int
Rtng
2012 TB Bucs
Josh Freeman
4,065
306
558
54.8
27
17
81.6
2011 TB Bucs
Josh Freeman
3,592
346
551
62.8
16
22
74.6
2010 TB Bucs
Josh Freeman
3,451
292
474
61.4
25
6
95.9
Source

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29. Maryland

Per Capita Score: 34

3,000 Yard Passing Performances: 2

Doug Flutie will never be in the NFL Hall of Fame, but he had one on the most interesting careers in NFL history, or rather 3 careers.

Undersized, during Flutie’s first attempt at the NFL, he wasn’t given much of an opportunity, so after 4 years he went to the CFL where he won 3 Grey Cups and 3 Grey Cup MVPs. Eventually he would be inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame.

After 8 seasons in the CFL, he decided to give the NFL another shot. This time he would stick around for 8 years, lead a team to the playoffs, and earn a Pro Bowl.

Almost in keeping with the theme of being the player who could play but that nobody wanted, in his 1999 season with the Bills, Flutie would lead his team to the playoffs only to be benched for a more prototypical QB.

The Bills subsequently lost.

Maryland 3,000 Yard Passing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Yds
Cmp
Att
Cmp%
TD
Int
Rtng
2001 SD Chrg
Doug Flutie
3,464
294
521
56.4
15
18
72.1
1999 Buf Bills
Doug Flutie
3,171
264
478
55.2
19
16
75.1
Source

30. Michigan

Per Capita Score: 30

3,000 Yard Passing Performances: 3

Michigan has not produced much in the way of QBs. Gary Danielson and Craig Morton combined for a few 3,000 yard seasons in the early 1980s.

Michigan 3,000 Yard Passing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Yds
Cmp
Att
Cmp%
TD
Int
Rtng
1980 Det Lions
Gary Danielson
3,223
244
417
58.5
13
11
82.4
1981 Den Bronc
Craig Morton
3,195
225
376
59.8
21
14
90.5
1984 Det Lions
Gary Danielson
3,076
252
410
61.5
17
15
83.1

Washington, DC

3,000 Yard Passing Performances: 2

Washington, DC is our nation’s capital, but it is also its own entity, and as a result, not affiliated with any state.

It is also the birth place of Andrew Luck, thought by many to be the most promising young quarterback in all of professional football. Thus far he has led the Colts to 2 playoff appearances in 2 seasons, and has performed well.

Washington, DC 3,000 Yard Passing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Yds
Cmp
Att
Cmp%
TD
Int
Rtng
2012 Ind Colts
Andrew Luck
4,374
339
627
54.1
23
18
76.5
2013 Ind Colts
Andrew Luck
3,822
343
570
60.2
23
9
87.0

Canada

3,000 Yard Passing Performances: 3

Mark Rypien is a Canadian born former NFL quarterback. Though his window as an effective player was not very long, in the short time he was effective he accomplished a great deal.

Among Rypien’s accomplishments, leading the Washington Redskins to a Super Bowl victory and winning the game’s MVP.

Canada 3,000 Yard Passing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Yds
Cmp
Att
Cmp%
TD
Int
Rtng
1989 Was Rdskn
Mark Rypien
3,768
280
476
58.8
22
13
88.1
1991 Was Rdskn
Mark Rypien
3,564
249
421
59.1
28
11
97.9
1992 Was Rdskn
Mark Rypien
3,282
269
479
56.2
13
17
71.7

Japan

3,000 Yard Passing Performances: 2

Robert Griffin III is the son of U.S. Army Sergeants and was born while his parents were stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

Griffin’s early career has been statistically promising, and in his rookie campaign he led the Redskins to the playoffs, but in Griffin’s second year in the league, the team finished with a record of 3-13.

Japan 3,000 Yard Passing Performances

Year/Team
Name
Yds
Cmp
Att
Cmp%
TD
Int
Rtng
2013 Was Rdskn
Robert Griffin
3,203
274
456
60.1
16
12
82.2
2012 Was Rdskn
Robert Griffin
3,200
258
393
65.6
20
5
102.4

States Yet to Have a 3,000 Yard Passer

There are 20 states that have not produced a 3,000 yard passer. They are as follows: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawai'i, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

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      Larry Rankin 21 months ago from Oklahoma

      Billy: thanks so much for the support.

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well that was interesting. Now I must read the other in this series.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for the positive comments.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      This really seems to be your forte. Stick with it. Some of my best hubs get virtually no comments but all traffic from Google. It takes a few months.