Okay, let’s take a look at the year-by-year interception leaders. No one wants to lead the league in interceptions, but sadly someone must. Here are some interception leader facts you may not know.
Q. Who has thrown the most interceptions in one season?
A. George Blanda, who at the age of 35 threw 42 interceptions as quarterback for the Houston Oilers.
Q. Who has thrown the fewest interceptions but still managed to lead the league in interceptions?
A. Benny Friedman, the quarterback of Brooklyn threw just 10 interceptions in the NFL‘s first year in 1932. The answer for the same question since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger is Joe Ferguson, who in 1982 threw 16 interceptions for the Buffalo Bills, but this was a strike-shortened year. Since the AFL-NFL merger, the quarterback who threw the fewest interceptions to lead the league in interceptions was another Buffalo Bills quarterback. Jim Kelly in 1992 threw 19 interceptions to lead the league.
Only three quarterbacks have lead the league in interceptions in back-to-back years, and they’re both in the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame. George Blanda (1964 & 1965), Joe Namath (1974 & 1975), and Vinny Testaverde (1988 & 1989).
Vinny Testaverde holds another distinction on the interception leaders list. He is the only quarterback to have lead the league in interceptions in four different seasons.
The youngest player ever to lead the league in interceptions was future Supreme Court Justice Byron “Whizzer” White who did it at the age of 21.
The oldest player to ever lead the league in interceptions was Vinny Testaverde who threw 20 interceptions as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys in 2004.