Passing for 5,000 yards is a rare achievement in the NFL. Dan Marino was the first player to reach the 5,000 mark 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. Drew Brees is the only NFL quarterback to reach 5,000 yards more than once and in consecutive seasons.
NFL players with 5,000 passing yards in a season
NFL players with 4,000 passing yards in a season
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 2012 season, eleven quarterbacks passed for over 4,000 yards.Peyton Manning has had the most 4,000 yard seasons (13).