List of National Football League career passer rating leaders

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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 attempt

The 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.[1]

Regular season[edit]

Players in bold and green are currently active in the NFL.
Names in italics and red represent members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Active Player
Hall of Fame

Updated through the 2017 season.[2][3]

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Below 1,500 attempts[edit]

Updated through the 2017 season.

Postseason[edit]

Updated through the 2017 season.

Below 150 attempts[edit]

Updated through the 2017 season.

Active QBs below minimum attempts needed
Rank if
qualified
Quarterback Rating Attempts
1 Nick Foles 113.2 139
2 Dak Prescott 105.2 38
10 Marcus Mariota 93.9 68
13 Blake Bortles 91.0 85
16 Matthew Stafford 87.8 117
16 Matt Schaub 87.5 89
19 Teddy Bridgewater 86.5 21
29 Connor Cook 83.4 21
31 Kirk Cousins 82.4 56
35 Jared Goff 77.9 45
47 Case Keenum 73.5 88
56 AJ McCarron 68.3 41
60 Brock Osweiler 63.9 65
67 Joe Webb 54.9 30
72 Tyrod Taylor 44.2 37
74 Matt Cassel 20.4 18
74 Brian Hoyer 15.9 34

All-time rankings in the 4 categories[edit]

These are the top 10 quarterbacks in each statistic that determine the NFL passer rating.[1]
Minimum: 1,500 Attempts
Records through the 2017 season.

Active Player
Hall of Fame

Top 25 Single Season Passer Rating[edit]

List includes qualifying players only[4].

Season Minimum:

Prior to 1976, 10 pass attempts per team game
1978-now, 14 pass attempts per team game
*NFL RECORD
Updated through the 2017 season
Player Team Season Rating Att. Comp. Pct. Yds. Yds.
Avg.
TD TD
Pct.
Int. Int.
Pct.
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay 2011 *122.5 502 343 68.3 4,643 9.25 45 9.0 6 1.2
Peyton Manning Indianapolis 2004 121.1 497 336 67.6 4,557 9.17 49 9.9 10 2.0
Nick Foles Philadelphia 2013 119.2 317 203 64.0 2,891 9.12 27 8.5 2 0.6
Tom Brady New England 2007 117.2 578 398 68.9 4,806 8.31 50 8.7 8 1.4
Matt Ryan Atlanta 2016 117.1 534 373 69.9 4,944 9.26 38 7.1 7 1.3
Peyton Manning (2) Denver 2013 115.1 659 450 68.3 *5,477 8.31 *55 8.3 10 1.5
Tony Romo Dallas 2014 113.2 435 304 69.9 3,705 8.52 34 7.8 9 2.1
Steve Young San Francisco 1994 112.8 461 324 70.2 3,969 8.61 35 7.6 10 2.2
Joe Montana San Francisco 1989 112.4 386 271 70.2 3,521 9.12 26 6.7 8 2.1
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 112.2 432 291 67.4 3,554 8.23 28 6.5 2 0.5
Tom Brady (3) New England 2010 111.0 492 324 65.9 3,900 7.93 36 7.3 4 0.8
Daunte Culpepper Minnesota 2004 110.9 548 379 69.2 4,717 8.61 39 7.1 11 2.0
Drew Brees New Orleans 2011 110.6 657 468 71.2 5,476 8.33 46 7.0 14 2.1
Milt Plum Cleveland 1960 110.4 250 151 60.4 2,297 9.19 21 8.4 5 2.0
Russell Wilson Seattle 2015 110.1 483 329 68.1 4,024 8.33 34 7.0 8 1.7
Sammy Baugh Washington 1945 109.9 182 128 70.3 1,669 9.17 11 6.0 4 2.2
Drew Brees (2) New Orleans 2009 109.6 514 363 70.6 4,388 8.54 34 6.6 11 2.1
Kurt Warner St. Louis Rams 1999 109.2 499 325 65.1 4,353 8.72 41 8.2 13 2.6
Josh McCown Chicago 2013 109.0 224 149 66.5 1,829 8.17 13 5.8 1 *0.4
Dan Marino Miami 1984 108.9 564 362 64.2 5,084 9.01 48 8.5 17 3.0
Aaron Rodgers (3) Green Bay 2012 108.0 552 371 67.2 4,295 7.78 39 7.1 8 1.4
Sid Luckman Chicago 1943 107.5 202 110 54.5 2,194 *10.86 28 *13.9 12 5.9
Brett Favre Minnesota 2009 107.2 531 363 68.4 4,202 7.91 30 5.6 7 1.3
Steve Young (2) San Francisco 1992 107.0 402 268 66.7 3,465 8.62 25 6.2 7 1.7

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Official 2017 National Football League Record & Fact Book" (PDF). NFL. p. 311. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  2. ^ NFL Career Passing Rating Leaders Pro-Football-Reference.com
  3. ^ "Career Passer Rating", Pro Football Hall of Fame.com
  4. ^ "Official 2017 National Football League Record & Fact Book" (PDF). NFL. p. 310. Retrieved 9 June 2018. 

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