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Denver Broncos’ All-Time Passing TD Leaders
The Denver Broncos began play in the AFL in 1960 and merged into the NFL in 1970. They played in their first Super Bowl in the late ‘70’s, losing to Dallas, and went on to six more Super Bowls, winning twice behind the great John Elway. So it’s no surprise that Elway tops this list of the Broncos’ current all-time passing touchdown leaders. Here is the short list to date:
John Elway (300)—Hall of Famer John Elway played for the Broncos his entire career, from 1983 to 1998, and he ranks first in team history by a long ways, with 300 touchdown passes. Elway really was one of the all-time greats, so his 300 TDs ranks fifth in NFL history behind Brett Favre, Dan Marino, Peyton Manning and Fran Tarkenton and ahead of Warren Moon, Johnny Unitas and Joe Montana. Whew. Anyway, Elway threw for a career high 27 TDs in 1997, but his best overall season was arguably 1993. That year, Elway threw for a career best 4030 yards (NFL high) with 25 touchdowns and just 10 picks.
Craig Morton (74)—Craig Morton played for Dallas, had a couple of basically lost seasons with the Giants and then resurrected his career with Denver in 1977, playing there until 1982 before giving way to Elway. Morton ranks second in franchise history with 74 touchdown passes, and his best season was arguably his 1981 season with Denver. That year, Morton had a career high 3195 passing yards and tied a career best with 21 TD passes, and 14 interceptions.
Jake Plummer (71)—Jake Plummer played for the Broncos from 2003 to 2006, and he ranks tied for third in touchdown passes for Denver with 71. And despite 20 interceptions, Plummer’s best overall season was 2004 with the Broncos. That year, he also had career highs in passing yards (4089) and TD passes (27).
Brian Griese (71)—Brian Griese, son of legendary Dolphins’ QB Bob Griese, played for Denver from 1998 to 2002, and ranks tied for third in team history along with Plummer with 71 TD passes. Griese had an interception problem as well, and despite 19 of them in 2001, had his best overall season with 2827 passing yards and a career high 23 touchdown tosses.
Jay Cutler (54)—Jay Cutler played just three seasons in Denver, yet ranks fifth in franchise history with 54 touchdown passes. Cutler had a career high 27 TD passes with Chicago in 2009, but his best overall season so far was his lone Pro Bowl season of 2008 with Denver. That year, Cutler had a career high 4526 passing yards, with 25 touchdowns and 18 picks.