One of the things many people use to assess how effective an NFL quarterback was is checking out how many touchdown passes he threw. The best quarterbacks usually end up at the top of the leaderboard for passes thrown for touchdowns during the season. What quarterbacks have put together consecutive years as the leader in TD passes thrown?
Here is a look at every quarterback in NFL history that has led the league in touchdown passes during consecutive years.
1941,1942 – Cecil Isbel
Cecil Isbel led the league in touchdown passes as quarterback of the Green Bay Packers in 1941 and 1942. He finished 1941 with 15 touchdown passes and then threw 24 in 1942.
1955, 1956 – Tobin Rote
Tobin Rote, another Green Bay quarterback, tied Y.A. Tittle for the lead in touchdown passes with 17 in 1955, and then in 1956 he held the top spot all by himself with 18.
1957, 1958, 1959, 1960 – Johnny Unitas
Johnny Unitas led the NFL in touchdown passes for four consecutive years, from 1957 through 1960, as the future Hall of Fame quarterback of the Baltimore Colts. He threw for 24 touchdowns in 1957, 19 in 1958, 32 in 1959, and 25 in 1960.
1962, 1963 – Y.A. Tittle
As the quarterback for the New York Giants, Y.A. Tittle would lead the league in TD passes with 33 in 1962 and then 36 in 1963.
1962, 1963, 1965, 1966 – Len Dawson
As the quarterback of the American Football League’s Kansas City Chiefs, Len Dawson would lead the league in touchdowns in back to back years twice. First he threw 29 in 1962 and 26 in 1963, then he would do it again by throwing 21 in 1965 and then 26 in 1966.
1981, 1982 – Dan Fouts
As the quarterback of the high powered San Diego Chargers, Dan Fouts would lead the NFL in touchdown passes by throwing for 33 in 1981. He would then tie for the lead with Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana in the strike shortened 1982 season by throwing 17 touchdown passes.
1984, 1985, 1986 – Dan Marino
Dan Marino burst onto the NFL scene in the mid 1980s by leading the league in touchdown passes thrown for three consecutive years. He threw 48 in 1984, 30 in 1985, and then 44 in 1986.
1988, 1989 – Jim Everett
A young Jim Everett would take his turn leading the league in TD passes at the end of the 1980s when he threw 31 in 1988 and followed that up with 29 in 1989.
1992, 1993, 1994 – Steve Young
Steve Young led the league in touchdown passes for three straight years in the early 1990’s. He threw 25 of them in 1992, 29 in 1993, and 35 in 1994.
1995, 1996, 1997 – Brett Favre
Brett Favre took over where Steve Young left off by leading the league in TD passes the next three straight years. He threw 38 in 1995, 39 in 1996, and 35 in 1997.
2008, 2009 – Drew Brees
Drew Brees would lead the NFL in passes thrown for touchdowns in back to back years at the end of the 2000’s. In 2008 he would tie Philip Rivers of the Chargers by throwing 34 touchdown passes, he would then hold the top spot all alone when he again threw 34 touchdown passes in 2009.