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"We are spoiled because we are seeing so many great quarterbacks," says JOE HORRIGAN, the Pro
Football Hall of Fame’s vice president of communications and exhibits. "There are quarterbacks who
were perceived as great 20 years ago who wouldn't even come close to making a team today. The
talent level coming into pro football right now is unprecedented."
NFL quarterbacks can beat you in a variety of ways, and utilizing a variety of different receivers. In
2007, there were 81 300-yard passing games, tying 2004 for the most in a season.
"All of these guys can win throwing to a variety of people," says former Vikings wide receiver CRIS
CARTER, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2008. "And in a big game, many of
them have that ability to make that one throw that can change the game in the favor of their team."
New England quarterback TOM BRADY was named Associated Press NFL
Most Valuable Player in 2007 after a record-shattering regular season which saw
him lead the Patriots to a 16-0 record and set or tie nine NFL records, including most
touchdowns passes (50) and most games with three or more touchdown passes
Tom Brady led the NFL with 4,806 passing yards, 50 touchdown passes, 68.9 completion percentage (398 of 578)
and a passer rating of 117.2.
In addition to leading the Patriots to an undefeated regular season, he set an
NFL record with at least three touchdowns in each of his first eight games, set a franchise record against
Miami on 10/21 with six passing touchdowns, broke the single-season record of Dan Marino (10) for most games
with at least three touchdown passes by throwing at least three touchdown passes in 12 games, and passed
Peyton Manning (49; 2004) for most touchdown passes in a season with 50.
Augmented by the addition of wide receivers RANDY MOSS, DONTE’
STALLWORTH and WES WELKER last season, Brady silenced critics who didn’t
think he was capable of setting individual records to go along with his three Super
Bowl rings and 98-26 overall record (including playoffs), the best of any starting
quarterback in the Super Bowl era.
"I have thought for a long time that there is no past or present quarterback I'd rather
coach than Tom Brady and I am more certain of that every year he plays," says
Patriots head coach BILL BELICHICK.
But in typical Brady fashion, the ninth-year quarterback is looking forward to the
2008 season after failing to win Super Bowl XLII.
"There’s a lot of time from February to when we start in July," says Brady. "A lot of
players come and a lot of players go and we have to worry about how to get all the
new guys incorporated. This team is going to take on an entire different appearance
and I hope what we put out there on the field is up to the championship level that
we’ve put up in the past."
New York Jets Quarterback, led the Green Bay Packers to a 13 – 3 record and to the number two seed in the
NFC. Favre completed 66.5 percent of his passes (356 of 535) for 4,155 yards (fourth in the league), and
threw 28 touchdown passes. In 2007, Favre passed John Elway (148) for the most wins by a quarterback with
160, passed Dan Marino (420) for most career touchdown passes with 442, passed DAN MARINO (62) for the
most career games with three-or-more touchdowns passes with 63 career games.
Favre also eclipsed the all-time career passing yards mark set by Dan Marino (61,361) with 61,655. His
82-yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings against Denver on 10/29 was the second-longest overtime touchdown
in NFL history, tying Tom Brady and Troy Brown on 10/19/03. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski
and wide receiver Mike Quick combined on a 99-yard play on 11/10/85.
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
In 2007, led the Dallas Cowboys to the top of the NFC with a 13 – 3 record and home field advantage
throughout the playoffs. Romo came in second in the NFC and third in the NFL in passing yards with 4,211,
third in the NFC completing 64.4 of his passes (335 of 520), and first in the NFC (second in the NFL)
with 36 touchdown passes.
Romo also set the franchise record for most touchdown passes in a season with 36, passing Danny
Quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes and most games with three or more
touchdown passes in a season include Tom Brady (2007), Peyton Manning (2004), Dan Marino (1984, 1986),
George Blanda (1961) Kurt Warner (1999)
The other seven NFL records Brady broke or tied in 2007:
Highest touchdown-interception differential in a single season (+42).
Most consecutive games with three or more touchdown passes (10).
Most touchdown passes in a single month (20, October).
Most consecutive games with completion pct. of 75% or higher in a single season (4 games from 9/9/07 to 10/1/07).
Most completions in first 100 passes of a season (79).
Most touchdown passes in a game since 1970 AFL-NFL Merger (6 on 10/21/07; tied with 11 others).
Highest single-game passer rating (perfect 158.3 rating, 10/21/07; 17th time since 1970).
The top five seasons with the most 4,000-yard passers in NFL history:
2007 7 Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Brett Favre, Jon Kitna, Peyton Manning, Carson Palmer, Tony Romo
2006 5 Marc Bulger, Drew Brees, Jon Kitna, Peyton Manning, Carson Palmer
2004 5 Daunte Culpepper, Brett Favre, Trent Green, Peyton Manning, Jake Plummer
1999 5 Steve Beuerlein, Brett Favre, Brad Johnson, Peyton Manning, Kurt Warner
1995 4 Brett Favre, Jeff George, Scott Mitchell, Warren Moon
2002 4 Drew Bledsoe, Kerry Collins, Rich Gannon, Peyton Manning
Below is a look at the most consecutive seasons with 25 or more touchdown passes by an NFL quarterback in league history:
CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 25+ TD PASSES
The most 4,000-yard passing seasons by an NFL quarterback in league history:
PLAYER 4,000-YARD Plus PASSING SEASONS
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN 2008
PEYTON MANNING, Indianapolis, has led the league in touchdown passes three times in his 10-year career and can tie Brett
Favre, Johnny Unitas, Len Dawson and Steve Young (4) for the most seasons leading the league in touchdown passes.
Manning has passed for 400 yards in a game seven times in his 10-year NFL career. Manning needs one 400-yard passing game
to surpass Joe Montana and Warren Moon (7) for the second-most games with 400 yards passing in NFL history (Dan Marino,
Manning needs 37 touchdown passes to surpass Fran Tarkenton (342) to move into third place all-time. In 10 seasons, Manning
has thrown 306 touchdown passes.
Manning needs 2,986 passing yards to surpass Dan Fouts (43,040) and Drew Bledsoe (44,611) to move into seventh place alltime.
In 10 seasons, Manning has passed for 41,626 yards.
Manning needs 32 completions to become the eighth player in NFL history with 3,500 passes completed. In 10 seasons, Manning
has completed 3,468 passes.
STREAKING INTO 2008
PEYTON MANNING, Indianapolis, needs 4,000 passing yards to become the first quarterback in NFL history with nine 4,000-yard
seasons. Manning is the only quarterback to accomplish the feat in eight seasons.
Manning needs 25 touchdown passes to become the first player in NFL history to throw 25 touchdown passes in 11 consecutive
seasons. Manning is the only player to have 10 consecutive seasons with 25 touchdown passes.
Manning has passed for 3,000 yards in each of the past 10 seasons and owns the second-longest streak of consecutive 3,000-
yard seasons (Brett Favre, 16). Manning is the only player in NFL history to start a career with 10 consecutive 3,000-yard
Jon Kitna, Detroit Lions
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
PROTECTING THE QUARTERBACK
As the two Super Bowl XLII participants, the New York Giants and New England Patriots, can
attest, being able to sack the quarterback is a big key to success.
The Giants and Patriots ranked
first and second in the league in sacks. Conversely, protecting the QB is paramount. That has
been the case since the vertical passing game became such an integral part of today’s NFL.
With such a premium placed on keeping the quarterback out of harm’s way, it is no surprise that an
NFL-record eight offensive tackles were taken in the first round in the 2008 NFL Draft. The first
overall selection was former Michigan left tackle JAKE LONG (right) who is expected to solidify the
left side of the Miami Dolphins line for the foreseeable future.
"You have to be able to protect the passer on offense, your big people have to be able to move and
play physical and you have to be able to run the ball on offense," says Dolphins head coach TONY
SPARANO, a former offensive lineman who spent the past three seasons coaching the offensive
line for the Dallas Cowboys.
With 18 total tackles being selected in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft over the last three years, more than half of the teams
in the league have made significant tackle decisions since 2006.
"Left tackle is a 'must' position in this league," says Houston Texans head coach GARY KUBIAK, whose team selected left tackle
DUANE BROWN in the first round of the 2008 Draft. "You've got to protect your quarterback; you've got to protect your franchise,
so to speak. And those guys are hard to find. They don't fall off of trees. You don't make one. They're a special breed."
NFL 2008 Week 1: The NFL Kicks Off Its 2008 Season
Defending Super Bowl Champion Giants start the NFL 2008 Season Against the Redskins
The National Football League roars back into action this Thursday night in the first game of NFL Kickoff 2008
Weekend. In an NFC East Division battle of 2007 playoff teams, the Super Bowl XLII champion New York Giants
host the Washington Redskins at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
"We're ready to roll," says Jacksonville Jaguars QB DAVID GARRARD. "Everybody is excited. It's time to stop just practicing and playing for fun and start playing for real."
A full preview, analysis and notes dedicated to NFL 2008 Week 1 (Kickoff Weekend)
NFL 2008: Peyton Manning Colts QB Continues Rising to Top of NFL Record Books
Peyton Manning can become 1st to throw 25 TDs 11 years in a row & pass for 4,000 yards in 9 different seasons.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback PEYTON MANNING continues to rise to the top of
the NFL’s record books. In 2008, Manning can become the first QB in NFL annals to
throw 25 touchdowns in 11 years in a row as well as become the first to pass for 4,000
yards in nine different seasons. Manning’s success has been attributed to his superior
work ethic, preparation, focus, dedication and competitive spirit.
Brett Favre - Career Statistics
2008 NFL Football
NFL 2008: Quarterbacks Past Performances and Records
NFL Quarterback Records
Los Angeles Rams quarterback NORM "THE DUTCHMAN" VAN BROCKLIN owns the most prolific passing performance in NFL history. Van Brocklin threw for an NFL record 554 yards in a 54-14 rout of the Yanks at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback tossed five touchdowns and completed 27 of 41 passes.
Matt Ryan Aims to Have Atlanta Falcons Flying High
2008 NFL Football Draft
We're not starting a new chapter here," said Atlanta Falcons owner ARTHUR BLANK. "We're starting a new book."
The new Falcons book opened with a first-year general manager in THOMAS DIMITROFF, a rookie head coach in MIKE SMITH and the No. 3 overall pick in the draft – Boston College quarterback MATT RYAN.
"We had options picking at No. 3," says Dimitroff. "But looking at the skill-set that Matt Ryan possessed, along with his intelligence and leadership ability, we were excited about going in that direction.
"This guy is a prototypical quarterback."
Super Bowl XLII Champion New York Giants Aim to Repeat After Super Season
2008 NFL Football
The NFL's 2008 Kickoff Weekend begins on Thursday, September 4 this season
when the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants host the Washington Redskins. Last season's win
over the Redskins is the game that propelled the Giants all the way to Super Bowl victory.
Brett Favre - Best Ever QB? Look Beyond the Stats. The Answer Is Yes!
2008 NFL Football
This week Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre formally announced his retirement. And with that started the Great Debate -- Who is the NFL's best quarterback of all time?
Granted it's a great debate -- Brady, Manning, Montana, Elway, Marino, Bradshaw, Tarkenton, Unitas, Graham, Baugh, Starr, Title. I'm sure I missed one. Who do you pick? As Number 2 to Brett Favre
Super Bowl XLII: "One of the Greatest Games of All Time"
NFL Super Bowl XLII
He ought to know. He?s a player in the NFL who knows its history. He?s another Manning maybe you?ve heard of -- Peyton -- and that was his summary of Super Bowl XLII last Sunday night in Glendale, Arizona:
"One of the greatest games of all time."
In the game, his brother, New York Giants quarterback ELI MANNING, engineered one of the most memorable
late-game-winning drives in Super Bowl history for a 17-14 victory over the New England Patriots at University
of Phoenix Stadium. That drive included what many are calling the greatest play in Super Bowl history.
Super Bowl XLII: Giants 17 Patriots 14
NFL Super Bowl XLII
Road Warrior Giants Bring It Home
Undefeated Destiny Disrupted for the 18 -1 New England Patriots
With 2:49 left in Super Bowl XLII it seemed to be yet another perfectly scripted comeback victory for the
New England Patriots as Tom Brady connected with Randy Moss for a 7-yard TD completion. However, the
Giants went off script as Eli Manning drove the Giants 83 yards for the game winning touchdown.
Super Bowl XLII MVP Eli Manning ended the 12 play 83 yard winning drive when he found Plaxico Burress (17)
in the corner of the end zone with 35 seconds to play.