In week 2 of the 2009 season, Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Kevin Kolb, who was filling in for Donovan McNabb, threw for 391 yards. This set a record for the most passing yards by a quarterback making their first start. This got us thinking though about other passing yardage marks by rookie quarterbacks (since 1960 and through the 2008 NFL season).
-Only five quarterbacks that are now in the Hall of Fame have thrown 300 yards games during their rookie seasons: Troy Aikman, John Elway, Jim Kelly, Dan Marino, and Warren Moon. All of them had their rookie seasons during the 1980s.
-The record for the most 300 yard passing performances in one season as a rookie is four and is held by two players, Warren Moon and Peyton Manning.
-The most 300 yard games by rookie quarterbacks in one season is six and it happened in 2002. The rookie quarterbacks who did it that year were Joey Harrington, Patrick Ramsey, Chad Hutchinson, and Marc Bulger (3 times).
-Through the 2008 season, four rookie quarterbacks since 1960 have thrown for more than 400 yards in a game. They are Marc Bulger, Aaron Brooks, Jeff Garcia, and Matt Leinart.
-There are four quarterbacks who managed to have games during their rookie season where they threw for more than 300 yards but weren’t able to get a touchdown. This happened to Cliff Stoudt (Pittsburgh 1980), Warren Moon (Houston 1984), Jay Schroeder (Washington 1985), and Carson Palmer (Cincinnati 2004).