Quite often a player’s final year in the NFL is not always their best, or even very good. This could be because they have come to the end of their career and their skills have diminished, they are splitting time with a younger player, or they could’ve even gotten injured. Some players do finish their careers strong, or even on top. Here is a look at quarterbacks who have thrown for 3,000 or more yards in their final season in the NFL.
Only eight quarterbacks have managed to do this out of all of the quarterbacks to ever play. Three of them are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
1. Roger Staubach – Dallas Cowboys – 1979 – 3,586 yards – Hall of Fame
2. Brian Sipe – Cleveland Browns – 1983 – 3,566 yards
3. Fran Tarkenton – Minnesota Vikings – 1978 – 3,468 yards – Hall of Fame
4. Neil Lomax – Phoenix Cardinals – 1988 – 3,395 yards
5. Joe Montana – Kansas City Chiefs – 1994 – 3,283 yards – Hall of Fame
6. Bobby Hebert – Atlanta Falcons – 1996 – 3,152 yards
7. Phil Simms – New York Giants – 1993 – 3,038 yards
8. Elvis Grbac – Baltimore Ravens – 2001 – 3,033 yards
A few interesting facts about this list:
-No quarterback has thrown for more yards in their final season in the league than Roger Staubach.
-The first quarterback to throw for more than 3,000 yards in a season and then retire was Fran Tarkenton.
-Half of the players on the list played their entire careers with just one team: Roger Staubach, Brian Sipe, Neil Lomax, and Phil Simms.
-Only three players on the list played in all 16 games during their final season when they accomplished this feat: Roger Staubach, Fran Tarkenton, and Phil Simms.
-Three players on the list had more interceptions than touchdowns in their final season: Fran Tarkenton, Bobby Hebert, and Elvis Grbac.