San Francisco 49ers All-Time Passing TD Leaders
The San Francisco 49ers are a storied NFL franchise, and have been to the Super Bowl 5 times, winning each time. But the team has not won since the mid-90’s with Steve Young and Jerry Rice. They have, however, fielded some of the all-time great quarterbacks, including Young and of course, Joe Montana, the latter being one of the NFL’s best of all-time. Here is a short list of the 49ers’ all-time passing touchdown leaders to date:
Joe Montana (244)—Joe Montana played most of his career in San Francisco, from 1979 to 1992, and he ranks first in team history with 244 touchdown passes. Montana also has an incredible 100-39 record as the QB. That speaks volumes. Montana led the NFL in touchdown passes in 1987 with a career high 31. But his best season was arguably 1989, along with 1987 and 1990 the three years Montana was a first team All Pro. Anyway, in 1989, Montana threw for 3521 yards with an NFL best 70.2 completion percentage, with 26 touchdown passes and just 8 interceptions, for an NFL high 112.4 QB rating.
Steve Young (221)—Steve Young played for the Niners from 1987 to 1999, but he didn’t become the starter until 1992. Young ranks second in franchise history with 221 touchdown passes, and he also was a first team All Pro three times. Young’s best season was 1998, when he had career highs in passing yards (4170) and TD passes (36, led the NFL) with 12 picks. Oh, and his record as the starting QB wasn’t shabby either, at 91-33.
John Brodie (214)—John Brodie played his entire career in San Francisco, from 1957 to 1973, and he ranks third in 49ers’ history with 214 touchdown passes. Brodie’s best season was 1965, when he led the NFL with career highs in both passing yards (3112) and touchdown passes (30) with 16 interceptions.
Frankie Albert (115)—Frankie Albert played for the 49ers from 1946 to 1952, and he ranks fourth in the team’s history with 115 touchdown passes. Albert’s best season was 1948, when he had career highs in passing yards (1990 and TD tosses (29, led the NFL) with just 10 picks.
Jeff Garcia (113)—Jeff Garcia played in San Francisco from 1999 to 2003, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 113 TD passes. Garcia had a career high 32 touchdown passes in 2001, but his best overall season was 2000, when he had a career high 4278 passing yards with 31 TD passes and 10 interceptions. Garcia did make the Pro Bowl three straight years with the Niners—from 2000 to 2002.