- Oct 19, 2003
- Canton, Ohio
Had no idea that Matty Ice was that high on the list. Brady needs a comeback so he can get to 90KThis card shows just how much the game has changed. Tark broke Unitas's all time passing yardage mark with 47,003 yards which was a huge deal at the time. Below is the list of the current top 20 career yardage leaders and only Tark and Fouts played in what I'd call the vintage card era. The game has made it much easier for QBS to accumulate massive passing stats due to favorable rules to offenses, pristine field conditions,, more games, better equipment etc., etc Hard to believe Tark accomplished this in the coldest, harshest enviornment in outdoor Metropolitan stadium in Minnesota.
While there are a lot of legendary names on this list there are a bunch who would hardly be considered HOFers but whose gaudy stats were a product of the modern game.
*Active players are in CAPS.
YARDS 1 Tom Brady 89,214 2 Drew Brees 80,358 3 Peyton Manning 71,940 4 Brett Favre 71,838 5 Ben Roethlisberger 64,088 6 Philip Rivers 63,440 7 Matt Ryan 62,792 8 Dan Marino 61,361 9 AARON RODGERS 59,055 10 Eli Manning 57,023 11 MATTHEW STAFFORD 54,152 12 John Elway 51,475 13 Warren Moon 49,325 14 Fran Tarkenton 47,003 15 Carson Palmer 46,247 16 Vinny Testaverde 46,233 17 Drew Bledsoe 44,611 18 Dan Fouts 43,040 19 RUSSELL WILSON 42,389 20 JOE FLACCO 42,320