List of National Football League annual passing touchdowns leaders

This is a list of National Football League quarterbacks who have led the regular season in passing touchdowns each year. The record for touchdown passes in a season is held by Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos who threw 55 in 2013. Six quarterbacks have led the NFL in passing touchdowns in four different seasons (Johnny Unitas, Steve Young, Brett Favre, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady), and one player (Len Dawson) achieved the same feat in the American Football League, the AFL.

Peyton Manning throwing
Peyton Manning holds the single season passing touchdown record, throwing 55 touchdowns in 2013.

Passing touchdown leaders

Set record*
Year Player TDs Team
1932 Arnie Herber 9* Green Bay Packers
1933 Harry Newman 11* New York Giants
1934 Arnie Herber (2) 8 Green Bay Packers
1935 Ed Danowski 10 New York Giants
1936 Arnie Herber (3) 11 Green Bay Packers
1937 Bernie Masterson 9 Chicago Bears
1938 Bob Monnett 9 Green Bay Packers
1939 Frank Filchock 11 Washington Redskins
1940 Sammy Baugh 12* Washington Redskins
1941 Cecil Isbell 15* Green Bay Packers
1942 Cecil Isbell (2) 24* Green Bay Packers
1943 Sid Luckman 28* Chicago Bears
1944 Frank Filchock (2) 13 Washington Redskins
1945 Sid Luckman (2) 14 Chicago Bears
Bob Waterfield Cleveland Rams
1946 Sid Luckman (3) 17 Chicago Bears
Bob Waterfield (2) Los Angeles Rams
1947 Sammy Baugh (2) 25 Washington Redskins
1948 Tommy Thompson 25 Philadelphia Eagles
1949 Johnny Lujack 23 Chicago Bears
1950 George Ratterman 22 New York Yanks
1951 Bobby Layne 26 Detroit Lions
1952 Jim Finks 20 Pittsburgh Steelers
Otto Graham Cleveland Browns
1953 Bobby Thomason 21 Philadelphia Eagles
1954 Adrian Burk 23 Philadelphia Eagles
1955 Y. A. Tittle 17 San Francisco 49ers
Tobin Rote Green Bay Packers
1956 Tobin Rote (2) 18 Green Bay Packers
1957 Johnny Unitas 24 Baltimore Colts
1958 Johnny Unitas (2) 19 Baltimore Colts
1959 Johnny Unitas (3) 32* Baltimore Colts
1960 Johnny Unitas (4) 25 Baltimore Colts
1961 Sonny Jurgensen 32 Philadelphia Eagles
1962 Y. A. Tittle (2) 33* New York Giants
1963 Y. A. Tittle (3) 36* New York Giants
1964 Frank Ryan 25 Cleveland Browns
1965 John Brodie 30 San Francisco 49ers
1966 Frank Ryan (2) 29 Cleveland Browns
1967 Sonny Jurgensen (2) 31 Washington Redskins
1968 Earl Morrall 26 Baltimore Colts
1969 Roman Gabriel 24 Los Angeles Rams
1970 John Brodie (2) 24 San Francisco 49ers
1971 John Hadl 21 San Diego Chargers
1972 Billy Kilmer 19 Washington Redskins
Joe Namath New York Jets
1973 Roman Gabriel (2) 23 Philadelphia Eagles
Roger Staubach Dallas Cowboys
1974 Ken Stabler 26 Oakland Raiders
1975 Fran Tarkenton 25 Minnesota Vikings
Joe Ferguson Buffalo Bills
1976 Ken Stabler (2) 27 Oakland Raiders
1977 Bob Griese 22 Miami Dolphins
1978 Terry Bradshaw 28 Pittsburgh Steelers
1979 Steve Grogan 28 New England Patriots
Brian Sipe Cleveland Browns
1980 Steve Bartkowski 31 Atlanta Falcons
1981 Dan Fouts 33 San Diego Chargers
1982 Dan Fouts (2) 17 San Diego Chargers
Terry Bradshaw (2) Pittsburgh Steelers
Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers
1983 Lynn Dickey 32 Green Bay Packers
1984 Dan Marino 48* Miami Dolphins
1985 Dan Marino (2) 30 Miami Dolphins
1986 Dan Marino (3) 44 Miami Dolphins
1987 Joe Montana (2) 31 San Francisco 49ers
1988 Jim Everett 31 Los Angeles Rams
1989 Jim Everett (2) 29 Los Angeles Rams
1990 Warren Moon 33 Houston Oilers
1991 Jim Kelly 33 Buffalo Bills
1992 Steve Young 25 San Francisco 49ers
1993 Steve Young (2) 29 San Francisco 49ers
1994 Steve Young (3) 35 San Francisco 49ers
1995 Brett Favre 38 Green Bay Packers
1996 Brett Favre (2) 39 Green Bay Packers
1997 Brett Favre (3) 35 Green Bay Packers
1998 Steve Young (4) 36 San Francisco 49ers
1999 Kurt Warner 41 St. Louis Rams
2000 Peyton Manning 33 Indianapolis Colts
Daunte Culpepper Minnesota Vikings
2001 Kurt Warner (2) 36 St. Louis Rams
2002 Tom Brady 28 New England Patriots
2003 Brett Favre (4) 32 Green Bay Packers
2004 Peyton Manning (2) 49* Indianapolis Colts
2005 Carson Palmer 32 Cincinnati Bengals
2006 Peyton Manning (3) 31 Indianapolis Colts
2007 Tom Brady (2) 50* New England Patriots
2008 Drew Brees 34 New Orleans Saints
Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers
2009 Drew Brees (2) 34 New Orleans Saints
2010 Tom Brady (3) 36 New England Patriots
2011 Drew Brees (3) 46 New Orleans Saints
2012 Drew Brees (4) 43 New Orleans Saints
2013 Peyton Manning (4) 55* Denver Broncos
2014 Andrew Luck 40 Indianapolis Colts
2015 Tom Brady (4) 36 New England Patriots
2016 Aaron Rodgers 40 Green Bay Packers
2017 Russell Wilson 34 Seattle Seahawks
2018 Patrick Mahomes 50 Kansas City Chiefs

Other leagues

All-America Football Conference (AAFC)

Year Player TDs Team
1946 Otto Graham 17 Cleveland Browns
1947 Otto Graham 25 Cleveland Browns
1948 Frankie Albert 29 San Francisco 49ers
1949 Frankie Albert 27 San Francisco 49ers

American Football League (AFL)

Year Player TDs Team
1960 Al Dorow 26 New York Titans
1961 George Blanda 36 Houston Oilers
1962 Len Dawson 29 Dallas Texans
1963 Len Dawson 26 Kansas City Chiefs
1964 Babe Parilli 31 Boston Patriots
1965 Len Dawson 21 Kansas City Chiefs
1966 Len Dawson 26 Kansas City Chiefs
1967 Daryle Lamonica 30 Oakland Raiders
1968 John Hadl 27 San Diego Chargers
1969 Daryle Lamonica 34 Oakland Raiders

Most titles

Titles Player Years Team
4 Johnny Unitas 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960 Baltimore Colts
Steve Young 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998 San Francisco 49ers
Brett Favre 1995, 1996, 1997, 2003 Green Bay Packers
Drew Brees 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 New Orleans Saints
Peyton Manning 2000, 2004, 2006, 2013 Indianapolis Colts/Denver Broncos
Tom Brady 2002, 2007, 2010, 2015 New England Patriots
3 Arnie Herber 1932, 1934, 1936 Green Bay Packers
Dan Marino 1984, 1985, 1986 Miami Dolphins
Sid Luckman 1943, 1945, 1946 Chicago Bears
Y.A. Tittle 1955, 1962, 1963 San Francisco 49ers/New York Giants

Johnny Unitas is the only player to win four titles in a row. Three players (Steve Young, Dan Marino and Brett Favre) have won three in a row.

See also

References

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 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.

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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