New York Jets’ All-Time Passing TD Leaders
The New York Jets began play in the AFL in 1960 as the Titans, became the Jets in 1963, and moved into the NFL in 1970 with the merger. The Jets have fielded some awfully talented teams over the years, but have just one Super Bowl title to their collective name—Joe Namath’s 1968 team. What follows here is a short list of the Jets’ all-time leaders in passing touchdowns to date:
Joe Namath (170)—Joe Namath was and is one of the most storied figures in the game. He boldly proclaimed his Jets would upset the Colts in Super Bowl III and he was right. But Namath played 12 years for the Jets (1965 to 1976), so there is a lot more to his AFL and NFL career. Namath ranks first in Jets’ history with 170 touchdown passes, but he also threw 220 interceptions. Namath’s best season was 1967, when, despite 22 picks, he had career highs in passing yards (4007, led the AFL) and touchdown passes (26).
Ken O’Brien (124)—Ken O’Brien played for the Jets from 1984 to 1993, and he ranks second in franchise history with 124 TD passes. O’Brien had his best season in 1985, when he made the Pro Bowl by tying a career high with 25 touchdown passes. O’Brien also threw for a career high 3888 yards that season with just 8 interceptions, and his 96.2 QB rating was an NFL-high.
Richard Todd (110)—Richard Todd played for New York from 1976 to 1983, and he ranks third in Jets’ history with 110 touchdown passes. Todd had his best season in 1981, when he had a career best 25 TD passes, with 3231 passing yards and 13 picks.
Chad Pennington (82)—Chad Pennington played for the Jets from 2000 to 2007, and he ranks fourth in the team’s history with 82 touchdown passes. Pennington’s best season was arguably 2002, when he threw for 3120 yards, and had a career high 22 touchdown passes with just 6 interceptions, for a league best 104.2 QB rating.
Vinny Testaverde (77)—Vinny Testaverde played for the Jets from 1998 to 2003, and again in 2005. Testaverde ranks fifth in franchise history with 77 touchdown passes, and while he had a career high 33 TD passes for Baltimore in 1996, Testaverde’s best overall season was arguably the 1998 campaign while he was with the Jets. That year, Testaverde threw for 3256 yards with 29 TDs and just 7 picks for a career best 101.6 quarterback rating.