Leading the league in touchdown passes thrown during a season is one of the statistical high points of any quarterback’s career. Quarterbacks typically mature later in their careers than other players, many of them achieving great success much later in their careers. With that in mind, who are the oldest players, by decade, to lead the league in touchdown passes thrown?
Oldest Players To Lead The League In TD Passes, By Decade
1930s: At the ripe old age of 28, Bob Monnett (Green Bay Packers) led the league in touchdown passes with nine.
1940s: In 1947, at the age of 33, NFL legend Sammy Baugh (Washington Redskins) tied for the league lead in touchdown passes with 25. He was tied with another NFL legend, Otto Graham, who was only 26 at the time.
1950s: Otto Graham (Cleveland Browns) would accomplish the feat himself later in 1952 when he would tie for the league lead in touchdown passes with 20. Interestingly he would tie a man who would go on to make a name for himself in the front office in the NFL, Jim Finks.
1960s: At the age of 37, Y.A. Tittle (New York Giants) would lead the league in tourchdown passes in 1963 with 36.
1970s: Two players would lead the league in touchdown passes during the 1970s at the age of 35. John Brodie (San Francisco 49ers) would do it first in 1970 when he threw 24 touchdowns. Five years later, Fran Tarkenton (Minnesota Vikings) would himself do it when he threw 25 touchdown passes in 1975.
1980s: The 1980s saw two players lead the league in touchdown passes at the age of 34. Terry Bradshaw (Pittsburgh Steelers) would do so during the strike shortened season of 1982 when he completed 17 touchdown passes. Bradshaw actually tied for the lead that year with Dan Fouts who was 31 and Joe Montana who was 26 at the time. The very next season, 1983, a 34 year old Lynn Dickey (Green Bay Packers) would lead the league in touchdown passes thrown with 32.
1990s: At the age of 37, Steve Young (San Francisco 49ers) led the league in touchdown passes for the fourth and final time of his career in 1998 when he racked up 36 of them.
2000s: Brett Favre (Green Bay Packers) led the league in touchdowns passes at the age of 34 in 2003 when he threw 32 of them.