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Chicago Bears’ All-Time Passing TD Leaders
The Bears are one of the NFL’s oldest franchises, beginning play with the league in 1922. The team has won nine championships, including one out of two in the Super Bowl era. The Bears have always been a run/defense-minded team, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t had some great quarterbacks play for them over the years. Here is a short list of the Bears’ all-time leaders in passing touchdowns:
Sid Luckman (137)—In Chicago, every quarterback that starts for the Bears is compared to Sid Luckman. The guy led the Bears to several championships, and is still an icon in the city. Luckman played his entire career from 1939 to 1950, and leads the Bears all-time with 137 touchdown passes. Luckman’s best season was 1943, one of four seasons in which he was named as a first team All Pro. That year, Luckman threw for 2194 yards and a career high 28 touchdown passes (both led the NFL that year) with 12 interceptions.
Billy Wade (68)—Billy Wade played for Chicago from 1961 to 1966, and he ranks second in franchise history with 68 TD passes. Wade had arguably his best season in 1961, when he threw for 2258 yards, and had a career best 22 touchdown passes with 13 picks.
Jim McMahon (67)—Jim McMahon led the Bears to their only Super Bowl win, and he played for them from 1982 to 1988. McMahon ranks third in team history with 67 touchdown passes, and his best season was, not surprisingly, the Super Bowl year of 1985. That year, McMahon threw for career highs in yards (2392) and touchdowns (15) with 11 interceptions, on his way to making the Pro Bowl for the only time in his career.
Ed Brown (63)—Ed Brown played for Chicago from 1954 to 1961, and he ranks fourth in the team’s history with 63 TD passes. Brown had a career high 21 touchdown passes for Pittsburgh in 1963, but his best season with the Bears was 1959. That year, Brown threw for 1881 yards with 13 touchdown passes and 10 picks.
Erik Kramer (63)—Erik Kramer played for the Bears from 1994 to 1998, and he ranks tied for fourth in franchise history with 63 touchdown passes, tied with Brown. Kramer had his best season by far in 1995. That year, he had career best numbers in passing yards (3838) and touchdown passes (29) with 10 interceptions.