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.


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 5084 1984 December 17, 1984 1st player in NFL history
Drew Brees[5] New Orleans Saints 5069 2008 December 28, 2008
Drew Brees New Orleans Saints 5476 2011 December 26, 2011 NFC Record
Tom Brady[6] New England Patriots 5235 2011 January 1, 2012
Matthew Stafford[7] Detroit Lions 5038 2011 January 1, 2012
Drew Brees New Orleans Saints 5177 2012 December 30, 2012
Peyton Manning Denver Broncos 5477 2013 December 29, 2013 NFL record (AFC Record)
Drew Brees New Orleans Saints 5162 2013 December 29, 2013

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 (13).[9]


Quarterback League Team Passing Yards Season Notes
Jim Kelly USFL Houston Gamblers 5219 1984