NFL Quarterback’s Moving Up The All-Time List In 2017

Coming into the 2017 NFL season, there are a number of active quarterbacks ranked either in or near the top ten all-time in a number of statistical categories. Who can move up, and how far, on the list of all time greats though?

Pass Completions
Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Eli Manning, and Philip Rivers all sit in the top ten all-time in career pass completions. Brees is in 3rd place, a little less than 300 behind Peyton Manning. Brady is in 4th place, over 500 behind Brees. Eli Manning is in 7th place all time, less than 100 behind John Elway. Rivers is in 10th place currently, just seven completions ahead of Ben Roethlisberger, 28 behind Drew Bledsoe, and 177 behind Warren Moon.

Passing Yards
Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Eli Manning, and Ben Roethlisberger are all ranked in the top ten all-time in passing yards, and also all still active in the NFL. Brees sits in third place all-time with 66,111 passing yards and would need 5,728 yards to move past Brett Favre into second place. The most yards he’s ever thrown for in a season was 5,476 he threw for in 2011. Brady sits a little over 4,500 yards behind Brees and just over 10,000 behind Favre. If Eli Manning, currently sitting in 8th place all time with 48,218 passing yards, has a 3,000 yard season, he would leap past Warren Moon and John Elway into 6th place. Likewise, if Ben Roethisberger in 10th place with 46,814 career passing yards had a 3,000 yard season, he would leap up two places on the list, past Fran Tarkenton and Warren Moon, not to mention Eli Manning if his season doesn’t go as planned.

Touchdown Passes
Five active quarterbacks are in the top ten all-time on the list of touchdown passes in the NFL: Drew Brees (3rd), Tom Brady (4th), Eli Manning (7th), Philip Rivers (8th), and Ben Roethlisberger (9th). The bottom three there all being separated by just 19 TD passes. Within their sights ahead of them is Fran Tarkenton, currently ranked 6th, while Dan Marino in 7th place remains a little too far away. Tom Brady threw 50 touchdown passes back in 2007. Even if he duplicated that mark this year he would fall short of passing Brett Favre, though Brees would be a possibility depending on his season. Brees sits 43 touchdown passes behind Favre who owns the number two spot on the list. He’s reached that mark twice during his career.

No one wants to excel at throwing interceptions. It happens though, especially if you play for a long time. On the top ten all-time list for NFL quarterbacks in career interceptions, there are no active quarterbacks found. The closest is Drew Brees in 18th place with 220, 28 behind Y.A. Tittle in 10th place.

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