New York Giants’ All-Time Passing TD Leaders
The New York Giants are one of the NFL’s oldest and most storied franchises, and while they have always been considered a defense-first and run-second team, they have had some great quarterbacks play for them over the years. Here is a short list of the Giants’ all-time leaders in passing touchdowns to date:
Phil Simms (199)—Phil Simms played his entire career for the Giants, from 1979 to 1993, and he has two Super Bowl rings, though he didn’t play in the second one. He was the MVP of the first one with one of the greatest Super Bowl performances ever for a QB—22 of 25 for 268 yards and 3 TDs with no picks. Anyway, Simms leads the Giants all-time with 199 touchdown passes, but Eli Manning is closing in and should pass him eventually. Simms’ best season was arguably 1984, when he had a career high 4044 passing yards and tied a career best with 22 touchdown passes (and 18 interceptions).
Charlie Conerly (173)—Charlie Conerly also played for the Giants his whole career, from 1948 to 1961, and he ranks second in franchise history with 173 TD passes. Conerly had his best season in his rookie year of 1948, when he had career high numbers in passing yards (2175) and touchdown passes (22), with 13 picks.
Eli Manning (128)—Eli Manning has been with the Giants his entire career so far, from 2004 until now as I write this in 2010. Manning ranks third in Giants’ history with 128-career touchdown passes, and assuming he stays healthy and stays with the Giants, he may shatter Simms’ record in a few years. Manning’s best season so far was 2009, when he had career best numbers in yards (4021) and passing TDs (27) with 14 interceptions. Like Simms, Manning also has a Super Bowl ring and a Super Bowl MVP trophy.
Fran Tarkenton (103)—Fran Tarkenton played for the Giants from 1967 to 1971, sandwiched between two long stints with Minnesota. Tarkenton ranks fourth in team history with 103 touchdown passes, and he had arguably his best season while with the Giants in 1967. That year, Tarkenton had a career high 29 touchdown passes, and added 3088 passing yards en route to making the Pro Bowl.
Y.A. Tittle (96)—YA Tittle only played for the Giants for four seasons, from 1961 to 1964, but he ranks fifth in franchise history with 96 touchdown passes. Tittle had his best season as a Giant, in 1963. That year, he had a career high 36 touchdown passes (led the NFL) with 3145 passing yards and just 14 interceptions, on his way to being a first team All Pro.