List of pro quarterbacks with 5,000 passing yards in a season

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This is a list of professional quarterbacks in American football who have passed for 5,000 yards or more during a regular season.

NFL[edit]

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.[1] Marino's record remained intact for over a decade after his retirement in 1999.[2] 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.[3]

NFL players with 5,000 passing yards in a season[edit]

Quarterback Team Passing Yards Season Date Notes
Dan Marino[4] Miami Dolphins 5,084 1984 December 17, 1984 1st player in NFL history, 1984 MVP & Offensive Player of the Year
Drew Brees[5] New Orleans Saints 5,069 2008 December 28, 2008 2008 Offensive Player of the Year
Drew Brees New Orleans Saints 5,476 2011 December 26, 2011 2nd 5,000 yard season, 2011 Offensive Player of the Year
Tom Brady[6] New England Patriots 5,235 2011 January 1, 2012 2011 MVP
Matthew Stafford[7] Detroit Lions 5,038 2011 January 1, 2012 2011 Comeback Player of the Year
Drew Brees New Orleans Saints 5,177 2012 December 30, 2012 3rd 5,000 yard season, 2nd consecutive
Peyton Manning Denver Broncos 5,477 2013 December 29, 2013 NFL record, 2013 MVP & Offensive Player of the Year
Drew Brees New Orleans Saints 5,162 2013 December 29, 2013 NFL record 4th 5,000 yard season & 3rd consecutive

NFL players with 4,000 passing yards in a season[edit]

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.[8] Peyton Manning has had the most 4,000 yard seasons (14).[9]

USFL[edit]

Quarterback League Team Passing Yards Season Notes
Jim Kelly USFL Houston Gamblers 5,219 1984

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