Passing for 5,000 yards in a single regular season is a rare achievement in the National Football League (NFL). Seven different quarterbacks have accomplished the feat, Dan Marino was the first when he set an NFL record with 5,084 yards passing in 1984. Marino's record remained intact for over a decade after his retirement in 1999. Peyton Manning currently holds the record with 5,477 passing yards in 2013, with Drew Brees being exactly one yard short of this mark. Drew Brees is the only NFL quarterback to reach 5,000 yards more than once, having done so five times. In 2011 three different players, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Matt Stafford threw for over 5,000 yards. Patrick Mahomes and Ben Roethlisberger are the most recent to do so, both accomplishing it in 2018. NFL quarterbacks have passed for 5,000 yards in a season 11 times. However, only two of these quarterbacks also threw for 50 touchdowns in the same season, Peyton Manning in 2013 and Patrick Mahomes in 2018. Marino and Mahomes both turned 23 in September of the years they threw for 5,000 yards making them tied for the youngest quarterbacks to throw for 5,000 yards. Despite the rarity of a 5,000 yard season, only three quarterbacks were named MVP the year of their 5,000 season, Marino, Manning, and Mahomes.
|Quarterback||Team||Passing yards||Regular Season||Notes|
|Dan Marino*||Miami Dolphins||5,084||1984||1st in NFL history, Tied for youngest to achieve 5,000 yards|
|Drew Brees||New Orleans Saints||5,069||2008||Offensive Player of the Year|
|Drew Brees||New Orleans Saints||5,476||2011||2nd 5,000-yard season, Offensive Player of the Year|
|Tom Brady||New England Patriots||5,235||2011|||
|Matthew Stafford||Detroit Lions||5,038||2011||Comeback Player of the Year|
|Drew Brees||New Orleans Saints||5,177||2012||3rd 5,000-yard season, 2nd consecutive|
|Peyton Manning*||Denver Broncos||5,477||2013||NFL record|
|Drew Brees||New Orleans Saints||5,162||2013||4th 5,000-yard season, 3rd consecutive|
|Drew Brees||New Orleans Saints||5,208||2016||5th 5,000-yard season|
|Ben Roethlisberger||Pittsburgh Steelers||5,129||2018|||
|Patrick Mahomes*||Kansas City Chiefs||5,097||2018||Tied for youngest to achieve 5,000 yards |
4,000 yards passing in a season was once considered a very rare feat but has lost a bit of significance over the years. During the 14 game era, only Joe Namath passed for over 4,000 yards in a season with 4,007 yards passing in the 1967 AFL season. During the 1980s and 1990s, 4,000 yards became the standard for the league leaders in the NFL. Over the last decade, 4,000 yards has become almost commonplace in the NFL. In the 2016 season alone, thirteen quarterbacks passed for over 4,000 yards. Peyton Manning has had the most 4,000 yard seasons (14).
Patrick Lavon Mahomes II (born September 17, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He is the son of former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher Pat Mahomes.
Mahomes played college football and college baseball at Texas Tech University. Following his sophomore year, he quit baseball to focus solely on football. Mahomes' junior year, he led all NCAA Division 1 players in multiple categories including passing yards (5,052 yards) and passing touchdowns (53 touchdowns). He then entered the 2017 NFL Draft where he was the tenth overall selection by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Mahomes spent his rookie season as the backup to Alex Smith. After the Chiefs traded Smith to the Washington Redskins the following season, Mahomes was named the starter. That season, Mahomes threw for 5,097 yards, 50 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He became the only quarterback in history to throw for over 5,000 yards in a season in both college and the NFL. He also joined Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as the only players in NFL history to throw at least 50 touchdown passes in a single season. For his performance in his first season as starter, he was named to the Pro Bowl, First Team All-Pro and won NFL Offensive Player of the Year and NFL Most Valuable Player.
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