List of National Football League annual passer rating leaders

This is a list of National Football League quarterbacks who have led the regular season in passer rating each year. The record for highest passer rating in a season is held by Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers who had 122.5 in 2011. Steve Young is the only quarterback to lead the NFL in passer rating in six different seasons. Len Dawson achieved the same feat in the AFL.

Passer rating leaders

As per the Pro Football Reference and Cold Hard Football Facts.[1][2]

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Bart Starr led the league in passer rating 5 times during the 1960s.
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Steve Young led the league in passer rating for a record 4 consecutive times and a record 6 overall times.
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Peyton Manning led the league for 3 consecutive times during the 2000s.
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Aaron Rodgers set the single-season NFL record for passer rating at 122.5 in 2011.
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Alex Smith was the NFL leader in passer rating in 2017.
Set record*
Season Player Rating Team
1936 Arnie Herber 58.9* Green Bay Packers
1937 Ed Danowski 72.8* New York Giants
1938 Ed Danowski (2) 66.9 New York Giants
1939 Parker Hall 57.5 Cleveland Rams
1940 Sammy Baugh 85.6* Washington Redskins
1941 Sid Luckman 95.3* Chicago Bears
1942 Cecil Isbell 87.0 Green Bay Packers
1943 Sid Luckman (2) 107.5* Chicago Bears
1944 Frank Filchock 86.0 Washington Redskins
1945 Sammy Baugh (2) 109.9* Washington Redskins
1946 Sid Luckman (3) 71.0 Chicago Bears
1947 Sammy Baugh (3) 92.0 Washington Redskins
1948 Tommy Thompson 98.4 Philadelphia Eagles
1949 Tommy Thompson (2) 84.4 Philadelphia Eagles
1950 Norm Van Brocklin 85.1 Los Angeles Rams
1951 Bob Waterfield 81.8 Los Angeles Rams
1952 Tobin Rote 85.6 Green Bay Packers
1953 Otto Graham 99.7 Cleveland Browns
1954 Adrian Burk 80.4 Philadelphia Eagles
1955 Otto Graham (2) 94.0 Cleveland Browns
1956 Ed Brown 83.1 Chicago Bears
1957 Tommy O'Connell 93.3 Cleveland Browns
1958 Johnny Unitas 90.0 Baltimore Colts
1959 Charlie Conerly 102.7 New York Giants
1960 Milt Plum 110.4* Cleveland Browns
1961 Billy Wade 93.7 Chicago Bears
1962 Bart Starr 90.7 Green Bay Packers
1963 Y. A. Tittle 104.8 New York Giants
1964 Bart Starr (2) 97.1 Green Bay Packers
1965 Johnny Unitas (2) 97.4 Baltimore Colts
1966 Bart Starr (3) 105.0 Green Bay Packers
1967 Sonny Jurgensen 87.3 Washington Redskins
1968 Bart Starr (4) 104.3 Green Bay Packers
1969 Bart Starr (5) 89.9 Green Bay Packers
1970 John Brodie 93.8 San Francisco 49ers
1971 Roger Staubach 104.8 Dallas Cowboys
1972 Earl Morrall 91.0 Miami Dolphins
1973 Roger Staubach (2) 94.6 Dallas Cowboys
1974 Ken Anderson 95.7 Cincinnati Bengals
1975 Ken Anderson (2) 93.9 Cincinnati Bengals
1976 Ken Stabler 103.4 Oakland Raiders
1977 Bob Griese 87.8 Miami Dolphins
1978 Roger Staubach (3) 84.9 Dallas Cowboys
1979 Roger Staubach (4) 92.3 Dallas Cowboys
1980 Brian Sipe 91.4 Cleveland Browns
1981 Ken Anderson (3) 98.4 Cincinnati Bengals
1982 Ken Anderson (4) 95.3 Cincinnati Bengals
1983 Steve Bartkowski 97.6 Atlanta Falcons
1984 Dan Marino 108.9 Miami Dolphins
1985 Ken O'Brien 96.2 New York Jets
1986 Tommy Kramer 92.6 Minnesota Vikings
1987 Joe Montana 102.1 San Francisco 49ers
1988 Boomer Esiason 97.4 Cincinnati Bengals
1989 Joe Montana (2) 112.4* San Francisco 49ers
1990 Jim Kelly 101.2 Buffalo Bills
1991 Steve Young 101.8 San Francisco 49ers
1992 Steve Young (2) 107.0 San Francisco 49ers
1993 Steve Young (3) 101.5 San Francisco 49ers
1994 Steve Young (4) 112.8* San Francisco 49ers
1995 Jim Harbaugh 100.7 Indianapolis Colts
1996 Steve Young (5) 97.2 San Francisco 49ers
1997 Steve Young (6) 104.7 San Francisco 49ers
1998 Randall Cunningham 106.0 Minnesota Vikings
1999 Kurt Warner 109.2 St. Louis Rams
2000 Brian Griese 102.9 Denver Broncos
2001 Kurt Warner (2) 101.4 St. Louis Rams
2002 Chad Pennington 104.2 New York Jets
2003 Steve McNair 100.4 Tennessee Titans
2004 Peyton Manning 121.1* Indianapolis Colts
2005 Peyton Manning (2) 104.1 Indianapolis Colts
2006 Peyton Manning (3) 101.0 Indianapolis Colts
2007 Tom Brady 117.2 New England Patriots
2008 Philip Rivers 105.5 San Diego Chargers
2009 Drew Brees 109.6 New Orleans Saints
2010 Tom Brady (2) 111.0 New England Patriots
2011 Aaron Rodgers 122.5* Green Bay Packers
2012 Aaron Rodgers (2) 108.0 Green Bay Packers
2013 Nick Foles 119.2 Philadelphia Eagles
2014 Tony Romo 113.2 Dallas Cowboys
2015 Russell Wilson 110.1 Seattle Seahawks
2016 Matt Ryan 117.1 Atlanta Falcons
2017 Alex Smith 104.7 Kansas City Chiefs
2018 Drew Brees (2) 115.7 New Orleans Saints
  • Minimum 100 attempts

Top 25 Single Season Passer Rating

List includes qualifying players only[3]. Click on heading to sort.

Season Minimum:

Prior to 1976, 10 pass attempts per team game
1978-now, 14 pass attempts per team game - 14 x 16 = 224 attempts for the season
*NFL RECORD
Updated through the 2018 season
Rank Player Team Season Rating Att. Comp. Pct. Yds. Yds.
Avg.
TD TD
Pct.
Int. Int.
Pct.
1 Aaron Rodgers Green Bay 2011 *122.5 502 343 68.3 4,643 9.25 45 9.0 6 1.2
2 Peyton Manning Indianapolis 2004 121.1 497 336 67.6 4,557 9.17 49 9.9 10 2.0
3 Nick Foles Philadelphia 2013 119.2 317 203 64.0 2,891 9.12 27 8.5 2 0.6
4 Tom Brady New England 2007 117.2 578 398 68.9 4,806 8.31 50 8.7 8 1.4
5 Matt Ryan Atlanta 2016 117.1 534 373 69.9 4,944 9.26 38 7.1 7 1.3
6 Drew Brees New Orleans 2018 115.7 489 364 *74.4 3,992 8.16 32 6.5 5 1.0
7 Peyton Manning (2) Denver 2013 115.1 659 450 68.3 *5,477 8.31 *55 8.3 10 1.5
8 Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 2018 113.8 580 383 66.0 5,097 8.79 50 8.6 12 2.1
9 Tony Romo Dallas 2014 113.2 435 304 69.9 3,705 8.52 34 7.8 9 2.1
10 Steve Young San Francisco 1994 112.8 461 324 70.2 3,969 8.61 35 7.6 10 2.2
11 Joe Montana San Francisco 1989 112.4 386 271 70.2 3,521 9.12 26 6.7 8 2.1
12 Aaron Rodgers (2) Green Bay 2014 112.2 520 341 65.6 4,381 8.43 38 7.3 5 1.0
Tom Brady (2) New England 2016 432 291 67.4 3,554 8.23 28 6.5 2 0.5
14 Tom Brady (3) New England 2010 111.0 492 324 65.9 3,900 7.93 36 7.3 4 0.8
15 Daunte Culpepper Minnesota 2004 110.9 548 379 69.2 4,717 8.61 39 7.1 11 2.0
Russell Wilson Seattle 2018 427 280 65.6 3,448 8.07 35 8.2 7 1.6
17 Drew Brees (2) New Orleans 2011 110.6 657 468 71.2 5,476 8.33 46 7.0 14 2.1
18 Milt Plum Cleveland 1960 110.4 250 151 60.4 2,297 9.19 21 8.4 5 2.0
19 Russell Wilson (2) Seattle 2015 110.1 483 329 68.1 4,024 8.33 34 7.0 8 1.7
20 Sammy Baugh Washington 1945 109.9 182 128 70.3 1,669 9.17 11 6.0 4 2.2
21 Drew Brees (3) New Orleans 2009 109.6 514 363 70.6 4,388 8.54 34 6.6 11 2.1
22 Kurt Warner St. Louis Rams 1999 109.2 499 325 65.1 4,353 8.72 41 8.2 13 2.6
23 Josh McCown Chicago 2013 109.0 224 149 66.5 1,829 8.17 13 5.8 1 0.4
24 Dan Marino Miami 1984 108.9 564 362 64.2 5,084 9.01 48 8.5 17 3.0
25 Matt Ryan (2) Atlanta 2018 108.1 608 422 69.4 4,924 8.10 35 5.8 7 1.2
Rank Player Team Season Rating Att. Comp. Pct. Yds. Yds.
Avg.
TD TD
Pct.
Int. Int.
Pct.

Other leagues

All-America Football Conference (AAFC)

Year Player Rating Team
1946 Otto Graham 112.1 Cleveland Browns
1947 Otto Graham 109.2 Cleveland Browns
1948 Frankie Albert 102.9 San Francisco 49ers
1949 Otto Graham 97.5 Cleveland Browns

American Football League (AFL)

Year Player Rating Team
1960 Tom Flores 71.8 Oakland Raiders
1961 George Blanda 91.3 Houston Oilers
1962 Len Dawson 98.3 Dallas Texans
1963 Tobin Rote 86.7 San Diego Chargers
1964 Len Dawson 89.9 Kansas City Chiefs
1965 Len Dawson 81.3 Kansas City Chiefs
1966 Len Dawson 101.7 Kansas City Chiefs
1967 Len Dawson 83.7 Kansas City Chiefs
1968 Len Dawson 98.6 Kansas City Chiefs
1969 Greg Cook 88.3 Cincinnati Bengals

Most titles

Player Titles Years Team
Steve Young 6 19911994, 1996, 1997 San Francisco 49ers
Bart Starr 5 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1969 Green Bay Packers
Roger Staubach 4 1971, 1973, 1978, 1979 Dallas Cowboys
Ken Anderson 1974, 1975, 1981, 1982 Cincinnati Bengals

See also

References

  1. ^ Kerry Byrne, "Yearly league-wide passer rating & passer rating leaders", Cold Hard Football Facts, January 24, 2008
  2. ^ "NFL Year-by-Year Passer Rating Leaders", Pro Football Reference, January 1, 2015
  3. ^ "Official 2017 National Football League Record & Fact Book" (PDF). NFL. p. 310. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
List of National Football League annual pass completion percentage leaders

This is a list of National Football League quarterbacks who have led the regular season in pass completion percentage each year. The record for completion percentage in a season is held by Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints who completed 74.4% of his passes in 2018. Five quarterbacks have led the NFL in completion percentage in four different seasons (Sammy Baugh, Bart Starr, Joe Montana, Steve Young, Drew Brees), and one player (Len Dawson) achieved the same feat in the AFL. Otto Graham led the AAFC in 1947 and the NFL three times (1953-1955).

List of National Football League career passer rating leaders

The NFL rates its passers for statistical purposes against a fixed performance standard based on statistical achievements of all qualified pro passers since 1960. The current passer rating system, which was adopted in 1973, removes inequities that existed in the former method and, at the same time, provides a means of comparing passing performances from one season to the next.

It is important to remember that the system is used to rate passers, not quarterbacks. Statistics do not reflect leadership, play-calling, and other intangible factors that go into making a successful professional quarterback.

Four categories are used as a basis for compiling a rating:

Percentage of completions per attempt

Average yards gained per attempt

Percentage of touchdown passes per attempt

Percentage of interceptions per attemptThe average standard is 1.000. The bottom is .000. To earn a 2.000 rating, a passer must perform at exceptional levels, i.e., 70 percent in completions, 10 percent in touchdowns, 1.5 percent in

interceptions, and 11 yards average gain per pass attempt. In order to make the rating more understandable, the point rating is then converted into a scale of 100, with 158.3 being the

highest rating a passer can achieve. In cases where statistical performance has been superior, it is possible for a passer to surpass a 100 rating.

Quarterbacks are required to throw at least 1,500 passes before their ratings qualify for NFL career statistics for the regular season, and 150 attempts for the postseason.

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