In the National Football League (NFL), the highest official passer rating that a quarterback can achieve is 158.3, which is called a "perfect passer rating". To qualify, during a single game a quarterback must attempt at least 10 passes, have zero interceptions, have a minimum completion percentage of a 77.5%, have a minimum of 11.88% of their passes score touchdowns, and have a minimum of 12.5 yards per attempt. The passer rating was developed in 1971.
Applying the formula to pre and post-1971 quarterbacks, as of November 2018, there have been 60 different players, playing in 72 distinct games, who have achieved a perfect passer rating. Four of these games have occurred in the post-season. Seven quarterbacks have achieved the feat more than once: Ben Roethlisberger and Peyton Manning have four; Kurt Warner has three; and Craig Morton, Dave Krieg, Ken O'Brien, and Tom Brady have two.
Ben Roethlisberger is the only quarterback with multiple perfect ratings in a single regular season, when he achieved the feat twice in 2007. The San Francisco 49ers had two different quarterbacks achieve a perfect rating in the same season, with Steve Young (week 7) and Joe Montana (week 10) both earning perfect ratings. Peyton Manning had one perfect rating in the 2003 regular season and one in the post-season.
Drew Bledsoe, Robert Griffin III, and Marcus Mariota are the only quarterbacks to achieve a perfect passer rating in their rookie seasons, with Mariota being the only quarterback to post one in his NFL debut.
Five of these performances were in a losing cause, though Chad Pennington is the only quarterback to play from start to finish and earn both a loss and a perfect rating. Twelve quarterbacks have had a game where they earned a perfect 158.3 passer rating and also a game where they earned a 0.0 the lowest possible passer rating during their careers: Otto Graham, Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Terry Bradshaw, Len Dawson, Bob Griese, James Harris, Bob Lee, Craig Morton, Dan Fouts, Eli Manning, and Peyton Manning.
|1||Ray Mallouf||October 17, 1948||Chicago Cardinals||New York Giants||W 63–35||14||18||252||4|
|2||Sammy Baugh||October 16, 1949||Washington Redskins||New York Bulldogs||W 38–14||16||20||254||4|
|3||Otto Graham||October 10, 1954||Cleveland Browns||Chicago Cardinals||W 31–7||14||18||266||3|
|4||George Ratterman||November 7, 1954||Cleveland Browns||Washington Redskins||W 62–3||10||11||208||3|
|5||Milt Plum||October 5, 1958||Cleveland Browns||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 45–12||13||14||197||2|
|6||M.C. Reynolds||December 6, 1959||Chicago Cardinals||Detroit Lions||L 45–21||8||10||170||2|
|7||Len Dawson||September 7, 1963||Kansas City Chiefs||Denver Broncos||W 59–7||12||15||278||4|
|8||Y.A. Tittle||November 10, 1963||New York Giants||Philadelphia Eagles||W 42–14||16||20||261||3|
|9||Frank Ryan||December 12, 1964||Cleveland Browns||New York Giants||W 52–20||12||13||202||5|
|10||Sonny Jurgensen||October 24, 1965||Washington Redskins||St. Louis Cardinals||W 24–20||12||14||195||3|
|11||Joe Namath||October 22, 1967||New York Jets||Miami Dolphins||W 33–14||13||15||199||2|
|12||Johnny Unitas||November 12, 1967||Baltimore Colts||Atlanta Falcons||W 49–7||17||20||370||4|
|13||Don Meredith||December 24, 1967||Dallas Cowboys||Cleveland Browns||W 52–14||10||12||212||2|
|14||Craig Morton (1)||October 5, 1969||Dallas Cowboys||Philadelphia Eagles||W 38–7||14||18||261||3|
|15||Fran Tarkenton||October 25, 1970||New York Giants||St. Louis Cardinals||W 35–17||15||18||280||5|
|16||Daryle Lamonica||September 17, 1972||Oakland Raiders||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 34–28||8||10||172||2|
|17||Dick Shiner||September 16, 1973||Atlanta Falcons||New Orleans Saints||W 62–7||13||15||227||3|
|18||Bob Lee||October 14, 1973||Atlanta Falcons||Chicago Bears||W 46–6||11||13||181||2|
|19||James Harris||October 20, 1974||Los Angeles Rams||San Francisco 49ers||W 37–14||12||15||276||3|
|20||Ken Anderson||November 3, 1974||Cincinnati Bengals||Baltimore Colts||W 24–14||17||21||297||3|
|21||Jim Hart||November 23, 1975||St. Louis Cardinals||New York Jets||W 37–6||11||13||242||2|
|22||Dan Fouts||September 26, 1976||San Diego Chargers||St. Louis Cardinals||W 43–24||15||18||259||4|
|23||Scott Hunter||October 31, 1976||Atlanta Falcons||New Orleans Saints||W 23–20||10||11||138||2|
|24||Terry Bradshaw||December 19, 1976||Pittsburgh Steelers||Baltimore Colts||W 40–14||14||18||264||3|
|25||Steve Grogan||October 29, 1978||New England Patriots||New York Jets||W 55–21||15||19||281||4|
|26||Brian Sipe||October 29, 1978||Cleveland Browns||Buffalo Bills||W 41–20||12||15||217||3|
|27||Bob Griese||December 18, 1978||Miami Dolphins||New England Patriots||W 23–3||12||13||171||2|
|28||Vince Evans||December 7, 1980||Chicago Bears||Green Bay Packers||W 61–7||18||22||316||3|
|29||Craig Morton (2)||September 27, 1981||Denver Broncos||San Diego Chargers||W 42–24||17||18||308||4|
|30||Dave Krieg (1)||December 24, 1983||Seattle Seahawks||Denver Broncos||W 31–7||12||13||200||3|
|31||Steve Bartkowski||September 23, 1984||Atlanta Falcons||Houston Oilers||W 42–10||11||13||195||3|
|32||Ken O'Brien (1)||November 2, 1986||New York Jets||Seattle Seahawks||W 38–7||26||32||431||4|
|33||Steve Young||October 22, 1989||San Francisco 49ers||New England Patriots||W 37–20||11||12||188||3|
|34||Joe Montana||November 12, 1989||San Francisco 49ers||Atlanta Falcons||W 45–3||16||19||270||3|
|35||Ken O'Brien (2)||December 23, 1990||New York Jets||New England Patriots||W 42–7||11||12||210||2|
|36||Rich Gannon||October 15, 1992||Minnesota Vikings||Detroit Lions||W 31–14||8||10||146||2|
|37||Bobby Hebert||September 12, 1993||Atlanta Falcons||New Orleans Saints||L 34–31||14||18||243||3|
|38||Mike Buck||October 17, 1993||New Orleans Saints||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 37–14||10||11||164||2|
|39||Drew Bledsoe||December 26, 1993||New England Patriots||Indianapolis Colts||W 38–0||9||11||143||2|
|40||Craig Erickson||September 11, 1994||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Indianapolis Colts||W 24–10||19||24||313||3|
|41||Dave Krieg (2)||November 24, 1994||Detroit Lions||Buffalo Bills||W 35–21||20||25||351||3|
|42||Chris Chandler||September 25, 1995||Houston Oilers||Cincinnati Bengals||W 38–28||23||26||352||4|
|43||Jeff Blake||October 19, 1995||Cincinnati Bengals||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 27–9||18||22||275||3|
|44||Kurt Warner (1)||October 3, 1999||St. Louis Rams||Cincinnati Bengals||W 38–10||17||21||310||3|
|45||Kurt Warner (2)||October 1, 2000||St. Louis Rams||San Diego Chargers||W 57–31||24||30||390||4|
|46||Peyton Manning (1)||October 22, 2000||Indianapolis Colts||New England Patriots||W 30–23||16||20||268||3|
|47||Doug Flutie||December 24, 2000||Buffalo Bills||Seattle Seahawks||W 42–23||20||25||366||3|
|48||Peyton Manning (2)||November 10, 2002||Indianapolis Colts||Philadelphia Eagles||W 35–13||18||23||319||3|
|49||Kerry Collins||December 22, 2002||New York Giants||Indianapolis Colts||W 44–27||23||29||366||4|
|50||Peyton Manning (3)||September 28, 2003||Indianapolis Colts||New Orleans Saints||W 55–21||20||25||314||6|
|51||Chad Pennington||November 16, 2003||New York Jets||Indianapolis Colts||L 38–31||11||14||219||3|
|52||Trent Green||December 14, 2003||Kansas City Chiefs||Detroit Lions||W 45–17||20||25||341||3|
|53||Peyton Manning (4)||January 4, 2004||Indianapolis Colts||Denver Broncos||W 41–10||22||26||377||5|
|54||Ben Roethlisberger (1)||September 11, 2005||Pittsburgh Steelers||Tennessee Titans||W 34–7||9||11||218||2|
|55||Donovan McNabb||September 23, 2007||Philadelphia Eagles||Detroit Lions||W 56–21||21||26||381||4|
|56||Tom Brady (1)||October 21, 2007||New England Patriots||Miami Dolphins||W 49–28||21||25||354||6|
|57||Ben Roethlisberger (2)||November 5, 2007||Pittsburgh Steelers||Baltimore Ravens||W 38–7||13||16||209||5|
|58||Ben Roethlisberger (3)||December 20, 2007||Pittsburgh Steelers||St. Louis Rams||W 41–24||16||20||261||3|
|59||Kurt Warner (3)||September 14, 2008||Arizona Cardinals||Miami Dolphins||W 31–10||19||24||361||3|
|60||Eli Manning||October 11, 2009||New York Giants||Oakland Raiders||W 44–7||8||10||173||2|
|61||Drew Brees||November 30, 2009||New Orleans Saints||New England Patriots||W 38–17||18||23||371||5|
|62||Tom Brady (2)||November 25, 2010||New England Patriots||Detroit Lions||W 45–24||21||27||341||4|
|63||Robert Griffin III||November 18, 2012||Washington Redskins||Philadelphia Eagles||W 31–6||14||15||200||4|
|64||Nick Foles||November 3, 2013||Philadelphia Eagles||Oakland Raiders||W 49–20||22||28||406||7|
|65||Alex Smith||December 15, 2013||Kansas City Chiefs||Oakland Raiders||W 56–31||17||20||287||5|
|66||Geno Smith||December 28, 2014||New York Jets||Miami Dolphins||W 37–24||20||25||358||3|
|67||Marcus Mariota||September 13, 2015||Tennessee Titans||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 42–14||13||16||209||4|
|68||Ryan Tannehill||October 25, 2015||Miami Dolphins||Houston Texans||W 44–26||18||19||282||4|
|69||Kirk Cousins||November 15, 2015||Washington Redskins||New Orleans Saints||W 47–14||20||25||324||4|
|70||Jared Goff||September 27, 2018||Los Angeles Rams||Minnesota Vikings||W 38–31||26||33||465||5|
|71||Russell Wilson||October 28, 2018||Seattle Seahawks||Detroit Lions||W 28–14||14||17||248||3|
|72||Ben Roethlisberger (4)||November 8, 2018||Pittsburgh Steelers||Carolina Panthers||W 52–21||22||25||328||5|
Only three quarterbacks have accomplished a perfect passer rating with 30 or more attempts. Ken O'Brien threw 26-for-32 in his perfect game for a completion rate of 81%, while Kurt Warner threw 24 of 30 in his perfect game for a completion rate of 80% and Jared Goff threw 26 of 33 in his perfect game for a completion rate of 78.8%. Ryan Tannehill holds the record for completion rate in a perfect game, throwing 18 of 19 for 94.7% in his 2015 perfect game. Chris Chandler has the best rate for a game with at least 20 pass attempts (23 of 26) for 88% completed in his 1995 perfect game.
Only Nick Foles has accomplished a perfect passer rating with seven touchdowns thrown. Two quarterbacks have accomplished a perfect passer rating with six touchdowns thrown: Peyton Manning was the first to achieve the record on September 28, 2003 against the New Orleans Saints, while Tom Brady matched the feat on October 21, 2007 against the Miami Dolphins. Thirteen quarterbacks have accomplished a perfect game with only two touchdowns thrown. It is impossible to achieve a perfect game with only one touchdown because of the 10 passing attempt minimum to qualify, combined with the minimum 11.875% touchdown-to-attempted-pass ratio.
Three quarterbacks have accomplished a perfect passer rating with more than 400 passing yards. Ken O'Brien threw for 431 yards on November 2, 1986 against the Seattle Seahawks. Nick Foles threw for 406 yards on November 3, 2013 against the Oakland Raiders. Jared Goff threw for 465 yards on September 27, 2018 against the Minnesota Vikings. Only three quarterbacks have accomplished a perfect game with fewer than 150 passing yards. Scott Hunter threw for 138 yards on October 31, 1976 against the New Orleans Saints, Drew Bledsoe threw for 143 yards on December 26, 1993 against the Indianapolis Colts, and Rich Gannon threw for 146 yards on October 15, 1992 against the Detroit Lions.
Only three quarterbacks have accomplished a perfect passer rating in their rookie season. Drew Bledsoe of the New England Patriots achieved it against the Indianapolis Colts on December 26, 1993; Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins did it against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 18, 2012; and Marcus Mariota of the Tennessee Titans did it against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 13, 2015, the first quarterback to do so in his professional debut. Only one QB, Ben Roethlisberger, has accomplished a perfect passer rating twice in one season, against the Ravens on November 5, 2007; and against the St. Louis Rams on December 20, 2007.. Peyton Manning had one perfect rating in the 2003 regular season and one in the post-season.
Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger Sr. (; born March 2, 1982), nicknamed Big Ben, is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Miami University, and was drafted by the Steelers in the first round (11th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft.
Roethlisberger earned the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award in 2004 and his first Pro Bowl selection in 2007. He became the youngest Super Bowl-winning quarterback in NFL history, leading the Steelers, in only his second professional season, to a 21–10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL at the age of 23. Roethlisberger led the Steelers to a second Super Bowl title in four seasons as they defeated the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII, 27–23, after completing a game-winning touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes with 35 seconds left in the game. He appeared in his third Super Bowl in Super Bowl XLV, but the team would fall by a score of 31–25 to the Green Bay Packers.
Roethlisberger has been one of the most efficient passers in NFL history. He currently ranks 9th all-time in NFL passer rating (94.0), tied for 6th in yards per attempt (7.93), and tied for 10th in completion percentage (63.85%) among quarterbacks with a minimum of 1,500 career attempts. He has the fourth highest career winning percentage (.710) as a starter in the regular season among quarterbacks with a minimum of 100 starts. He is one of six quarterbacks in NFL history to have beaten at least 31 of the current NFL teams.
Known for playing outside the pocket in what he calls "backyard football", Roethlisberger grew up idolizing John Elway, and has often been compared to him. Roethlisberger wears number 7 in Elway's honor.Boomer Esiason
Norman Julius "Boomer" Esiason (; born April 17, 1961) is a retired American football quarterback and former network color commentator. During his 14-year career in the National Football League (NFL), Esiason played for the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, and Arizona Cardinals. Since retiring from playing, he has worked as a football analyst for ABC, HBO and Westwood One, and currently for CBS Sports on The NFL Today and Showtime's Inside the NFL. Esiason also hosts the morning sports radio program Boomer and Gio on WFAN in New York.Dan Marino
Daniel Constantine Marino Jr. (born September 15, 1961) is a former American football quarterback who played seventeen seasons for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). After a successful college career at Pittsburgh and being named First-team All-American in 1981, Marino was the last quarterback taken in the first round of the quarterback class of 1983. Marino held or currently holds dozens of NFL records associated with the quarterback position, and despite never being on a Super Bowl-winning team, he is recognized as one of the greatest quarterbacks, and generally considered to be among the best pure passers in American football history.Best remembered for his quick release and powerful arm, Marino helped the Dolphins become consistent postseason contenders, leading them to the playoffs ten times and one Super Bowl appearance in XIX, although a title victory ultimately eluded him during his career. Marino is considered by many to be one of the greatest players to never win a Super Bowl and has the most career victories of quarterbacks to not win a title at 155 (147–93 in regular season and 8–10 in playoffs).
A nine-time Pro Bowl selection, eight-time first or second team All-Pro, and All-AFC six times, Marino was voted NFL Rookie of the Year by several media outlets. The following season in 1984, Marino was the NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP), when he set single season records of 5,084 passing yards, 48 touchdown passes, nine 300-yard passing games, and four 400-yard passing games. He was voted the 1994 NFL Comeback Player of the Year, and the 1998 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. At the time of his retirement, Marino held more than 40 NFL single season and career passing records (many of which have since been surpassed), including career passing attempts (8,358), completions (4,967), passing yards (61,361), and touchdown passes (420). Marino was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005 in his first year of eligibility, and is currently one of only three former Miami Dolphins to have his jersey number (no. 13) retired.Donovan McNabb
Donovan Jamal McNabb (born November 25, 1976) is an American former football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons, primarily with the Philadelphia Eagles. Before his NFL career, he played football and basketball for Syracuse University. The Eagles selected him with the second overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft, and McNabb went on to play 11 seasons with the team, followed by a year each with the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings.McNabb was the Eagles' starting quarterback from 1999 to 2009. During his tenure with the Eagles, he led the team to eight playoff appearances (2000-2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009), five NFC East division championships (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2006), five NFC Championship games (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2008), and Super Bowl XXXIX, which the Eagles lost to the New England Patriots 24-21. He also became the Eagles' all-time leader in pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns.McNabb is the fourth quarterback in NFL history to amass more than 30,000 passing yards, 200 TD passes, 3,000 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns in his career. The first three quarterbacks to accomplish this feat were Fran Tarkenton, John Elway, and Steve Young. His 3,469 career yards rushing ranks sixth all-time for NFL quarterbacks.Drew Bledsoe
Drew McQueen Bledsoe (born February 14, 1972) is a former American football quarterback who played 14 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the New England Patriots. He served as New England's starting quarterback from 1993 to 2001 and was considered the face of the Patriots franchise during his eight seasons with the team.The first overall pick in 1993 NFL Draft, Bledsoe helped improve the fortunes of the Patriots, who had fallen on hard times. Under his tenure as starting quarterback, the Patriots ended a seven-season postseason drought, qualified for the playoffs four times, and made one Super Bowl appearance in XXXI. He was also named to three Pro Bowls and became the youngest quarterback to play in the NFL's all-star game at the time with his 1995 appearance.
Following a period of declining success and two consecutive seasons where the Patriots missed the playoffs, Bledsoe suffered a near-fatal injury early in the 2001 season and was replaced as starter by backup Tom Brady. Bledsoe was unable to regain his starting position after he was medically cleared to play due to Brady's success with the team, which culminated with the franchise's first Super Bowl title in XXXVI. Bledsoe subsequently retired after short stints with the Buffalo Bills, where he made a fourth Pro Bowl appearance, and the Dallas Cowboys.
While his tenure with the Patriots would ultimately be eclipsed by Brady, Bledsoe is recognized for helping rebuild the franchise, including leading the team to victory in the 2001 AFC Championship after Brady was injured en route to their first Super Bowl win. For his accomplishments in New England, he was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2011.Drew Brees
Drew Christopher Brees (; born January 15, 1979), is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). After a successful college football career at Purdue University, he was chosen by the San Diego Chargers with the first pick in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He left college as one of the most decorated players in Purdue and Big Ten Conference history, establishing two NCAA records, 13 Big Ten Conference records, and 19 Purdue University records. As of 2018, he remains the Big Ten record-holder in several passing categories, including completions (1,026), attempts (1,678), and yards (11,792). For his many career accomplishments and records, Brees has been hailed as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.Brees earned the starting job with the Chargers in 2002 and made the Pro Bowl in 2004. Nine months after suffering a dislocation in his right shoulder joint and a tear of the labrum and rotator cuff, Brees signed with the Saints as a free agent in 2006. He had immediate success in New Orleans, eventually leading the Saints to their first Super Bowl in Super Bowl XLIV, resulting in a 31–17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
Since joining the Saints, he has led all NFL quarterbacks in touchdowns, passing yards, and 300-yard games. Brees holds the NFL records for career pass completions, career completion percentage, career passing yards, is second in career touchdown passes, third in regular season career passer rating, and fourth in postseason career passer rating. In 2012, he broke Johnny Unitas' long-standing record of consecutive games with a touchdown pass. He has passed for over 5,000 yards in a season five times—no other NFL quarterback has done so more than once. He has led the NFL in passing yards a record seven times and in passing touchdowns a record-tying four times. He was the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year in 2004, the Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 and 2011, and the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV. Sports Illustrated named Brees its 2010 Sportsman of the Year.Eli Manning
Elisha Nelson Manning IV
(born January 3, 1981) is an American football quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Mississippi from 2000 to 2003. He was drafted as the first overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers and was immediately traded to the Giants who in return gave up a package, highlighted by fourth overall selection Philip Rivers. Manning is the son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and the younger brother of former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning.
Manning holds Giants franchise records for most passing yards, touchdown passes, and completed passes in a career. In 2012, in a 41–34 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he threw for 510 yards, 3 yards short of Phil Simms' record of 513. He led the Giants to victory in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI, defeating the New England Patriots in both games. Manning was named Most Valuable Player in both Super Bowls, becoming one of five players to have multiple Super Bowl MVP awards (Bart Starr and Terry Bradshaw also have two, Joe Montana three and Tom Brady four).
Manning started 210 straight games from 2004 to 2017, the second-longest consecutive starts streak by a quarterback in NFL history. He is the seventh all-time leader in passing yards and eighth in touchdowns. Though lacking his brother's regular-season consistency and high-caliber performances, Manning is known for his two improbable Super Bowl-winning postseason runs in 2007 and 2011, in which he led an underdog Giants squad to Super Bowl victories twice against the Patriots.Joe Montana
Joseph Clifford Montana Jr. (born June 11, 1956), nicknamed Joe Cool and The Comeback Kid, is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 16 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs. After winning a national championship at Notre Dame, Montana started his NFL career in 1979 with San Francisco, where he played for the next 14 seasons. While a member of the 49ers, Montana started and won four Super Bowls and was the first player ever to have been named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player three times. He also holds Super Bowl career records for most passes without an interception (122 in 4 games) and the all-time highest passer rating of 127.8. In 1993, Montana was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs where he played his final two seasons, and led the franchise to its first AFC Championship Game in January 1994. Montana was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, his first year of eligibility.In 1989, and again in 1990, the Associated Press named Montana the NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP), and Sports Illustrated magazine named Montana the 1990 "Sportsman of the Year". Four years earlier, in 1986, Montana won the AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award. Montana was elected to eight Pro Bowls, as well as being voted 1st team All-Pro by the AP in 1987, 1989, and 1990. Montana had the highest passer rating in the National Football Conference (NFC) five times (1981, 1984, 1985, 1987, and 1989); and, in both 1987 and 1989, Montana had the highest passer rating in the NFL.Among his career highlights, "The Catch" (the game-winning touchdown pass vs. Dallas in the 1981 NFC Championship Game) and a Super Bowl-winning 92-yard drive against the Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII are staples of NFL highlight films.
The 49ers retired the number 16, the jersey number Montana wore while with the team. In 1994, Montana earned a spot on the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team; he is also a member of the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team. In 1999, editors at The Sporting News ranked Montana third on their list of Football's 100 Greatest Players. Also in 1999, ESPN named Montana the 25th greatest athlete of the 20th century. In 2006, Sports Illustrated rated him the number-one clutch quarterback of all time.Ken O'Brien
Kenneth John O'Brien, Jr. (born November 27, 1960) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles. When he retired he was the only Jets quarterback to have ever been the top ranked passer in a season. He held the team record for most consecutive pass completions (17) in a game. O'Brien was one of the six quarterbacks in the famed Quarterback class of 1983 and in 1997 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.Kurt Warner
Kurtis Eugene Warner (born June 22, 1971) is a former American football quarterback. He played for three National Football League (NFL) teams: the St. Louis Rams, the New York Giants, and the Arizona Cardinals. He was originally signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 1994 after playing college football at Northern Iowa. Warner went on to be considered the best undrafted NFL player of all time, following a 12-year career regarded as one of the greatest stories in NFL history. Warner was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017, and is the only person inducted into both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Arena Football Hall of Fame.
Warner first attained stardom while playing for the St. Louis Rams from 1998 to 2003, where he won NFL MVP awards in 1999 and 2001 as well as the Super Bowl MVP award in Super Bowl XXXIV when he and the Rams beat the Tennessee Titans. He led the 2008 Arizona Cardinals to Super Bowl XLIII (the franchise's first Super Bowl berth), and owns three of the top five highest single-game passing yardage totals in Super Bowl history. Warner is one of only two quarterbacks to win the Super Bowl in their first season as a starter, the other being Tom Brady. Warner currently holds the tenth-highest career passer rating of all-time (93.7), and the fourth-highest career completion percentage in NFL history with 65.5%.In 13 career playoff games, Warner ranks 5th all-time in completion percentage (66.5%), 10th in yards per attempt (8.55), and 10th in passer rating (102.8). He announced his retirement after the conclusion of the 2009 season.List of 500-yard passing games in the National Football League
In the history of the National Football League (NFL), 18 different quarterbacks have passed for at least 500 yards in a single game 22 times, a feat also referred to as the "500 Club". Norm Van Brocklin was the first to do so in 1951, whose performance remains the league record for most passing yards in a game with 554. Only three quarterbacks have ever thrown for over 500 more than once in their career; Drew Brees and Tom Brady did so twice and Ben Roethlisberger did so three times. Brady is the only quarterback to have thrown for over 500 in a postseason game, doing so in Super Bowl LII. Quarterbacks throwing for 500 yards have amassed 13 wins and 9 losses by doing so, with 12 of the 22 total games occurring in the 2010s.List of NFL quarterbacks who have posted a passer rating of zero
In the National Football League (NFL), the lowest official passer rating that a quarterback (QB) can achieve is 0.0. To achieve a passer rating of 0.0 in a game, a QB must have no touchdowns, complete no more than 30% of his pass attempts, average less than 3 yards per attempt, throw an interception on at least 9.5% of attempts and attempt at least 10 passes. The NFL does not count such games by QBs who attempt fewer than 10 passes in a game.Terry Bradshaw posted a zero rating on a record three occasions, while seven other QBs have two games of 0.0. Gary Keithley is the only QB ever to post zero ratings two straight weeks (1973). There have been two occasions where a starting QB, and his mid-game replacement, have both earned a zero rating in the same game: starter Joe Namath and replacement Richard Todd with the New York Jets (1976), and starter Terry Bradshaw and replacement Cliff Stoudt with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1982). Only once have opposing QBs both posted a zero rating: Gary Keithley and the St. Louis Cardinals defeated Bob Lee and the Atlanta Falcons (1973). No starting QB with a passer rating that low has won the game since Norm Snead in 1976.Twelve QBs have had a zero passer rating and also earned a perfect (158.3) passer rating during their careers: Otto Graham, Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Terry Bradshaw, Len Dawson, Bob Griese, James Harris, Bob Lee, Dan Fouts, Craig Morton, Eli Manning, and Peyton Manning.List of NFL quarterbacks with seven touchdown passes in a game
In the National Football League (NFL), eight quarterbacks share the record of having thrown seven touchdown passes in a single game. Sid Luckman was the first player to accomplish the feat, doing so on November 14, 1943, while playing for the Chicago Bears. The most recent seven-touchdown game occurred on November 1, 2015, when Drew Brees did so with the New Orleans Saints. During that game the two teams' quarterbacks combined for 13 passing touchdowns, setting another NFL record. Three quarterbacks on the list are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Luckman, George Blanda, and Y. A. Tittle. There was a 44-year gap between seven-touchdown games from Joe Kapp's in 1969 until 2013, when Peyton Manning and Nick Foles each did so just two months apart. Manning also holds the NFL records for touchdown passes in a season and in a career, with 55 and 539, respectively.Passer rating
Passer rating (also known as quarterback rating, QB rating, or passing efficiency in college football) is a measure of the performance of passers, primarily quarterbacks, in American football and Canadian football. There are two formulae currently in use: one used by both the National Football League (NFL) and Canadian Football League (CFL), and the other used in NCAA football. Passer rating is calculated using a player's passing attempts, completions, yards, touchdowns, and interceptions. Since 1973, passer rating has been the official formula used by the NFL to determine its passing leader.
Passer rating in the NFL is on a scale from 0 to 158.3. Passing efficiency in college football is on a scale from −731.6 to 1261.6.Peyton Manning
Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976) is a former American football quarterback who played 18 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the Indianapolis Colts. Considered to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time due to his numerous career achievements, he spent 14 seasons with the Colts and was a member of the Denver Broncos in his last four seasons. Manning played college football for the University of Tennessee, leading the Tennessee Volunteers to the 1997 SEC Championship in his senior season. He is the second son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and older brother of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
Manning was selected by the Colts as the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. From 1998 to 2010, he improved the fortunes of the struggling Colts franchise and helped transform them into consistent playoff contenders. During his tenure as starting quarterback, Manning led the team to eight division championships, two AFC championships, and one Super Bowl title, the franchise's first in over three decades, as well as their first since relocating to Indianapolis.
After undergoing neck surgery that forced him to miss the entire 2011 season, Manning was released by the Colts and signed with the Broncos. Serving as the team's starting quarterback from 2012 to 2015, he contributed to the Broncos reaching the top of their division each year and his playing career concluded with a victory in Super Bowl 50.
Manning holds many NFL records, including touchdown passes (539), AP MVP awards (5), Pro Bowl appearances (14), 4,000-yard passing seasons (14), single-season passing yards (5,477 in 2013), single-season passing touchdowns (55 in 2013), tied for most First-Team All Pros for a quarterback with 7, and is second in career passing yards (71,940). A two-time Super Bowl winner and the most valuable player of Super Bowl XLI, Manning is also the only quarterback to start the Super Bowl for two franchises more than once each, with different coaches at each Super Bowl start (Dungy, Caldwell, Fox, Kubiak), and the only starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl with two franchises. At 39 years of age, Manning was the oldest quarterback to start in and win a Super Bowl until Tom Brady surpassed him by winning a Super Bowl at 41.During a 2009 Monday Night Football game, Manning received the nickname "The Sheriff" from color commentator Jon Gruden due to his tendency to audible prior to the snap, and he was one of the most recognizable and parodied players in the NFL. Teams led by Manning typically utilized the hurry-up offense in place of the standard huddle.Richard Todd (American football)
Richard Todd (born November 19, 1953) is a former professional American football quarterback for the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints from 1976 to 1985. Todd, like former Jets quarterback Joe Namath and Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, played for the University of Alabama's Crimson Tide under coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.Steve Young
Jon Steven Young (born October 11, 1961) is a former professional American football quarterback who played 15 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) and is best known for his 13 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. He also played for the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Los Angeles Express of the United States Football League (USFL). Young played college football for Brigham Young University, setting school and NCAA records en route to being runner-up for the 1983 Heisman Trophy.
Young was named the AP's NFL Most Valuable Player in 1992 and 1994, and was the MVP of Super Bowl XXIX. During his 1994 MVP campaign, he set a new NFL record for passer rating at 112.8. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Young was an efficient passer—leading the league in passer rating a record six times, and completion percentage and yards per attempt five times. At the time of his retirement, he had the highest passer rating among NFL quarterbacks with at least 1,500 passing attempts (96.8). As of the end of the 2016 season, he is ranked fifth all-time in passer rating, and is ranked second highest amongst retired players, behind only Tony Romo. His 43 career rushing touchdowns are second among quarterbacks, while his 4,239 rushing yards ranks third all time.
NFL quarterbacks with a perfect passer rating game
Names in bold are still active
National Football League records and leaders