7 Quarterbacks With the Most Touchdown Passes in NFL History
It’s easy to forget now, but 2014 was a historic season in the annals of the National Football League, as future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning threw the 500th touchdown pass of his legendary career. Currently, another Manning stands on the cusp of a similar career milestone, as Eli Manning has managed to find himself with 298 career touchdowns to his name, just two away from something that only seven other NFL quarterbacks have managed to do before. Who are they (aside from Peyton, of course)? Lets take a look back at the top of the record books and see what kind of famous and familiar names we find.
- John Elway – 300
Our list begins with another one-time face of the Denver Bronco, former quarterback, and current general manager John Elway. Elway, the man who brought Peyton Manning to the Mile High City, threw for 300 touchdowns in his 16-year Hall of Fame career, all of them with the same franchise. He was known for bringing the Broncos late, leading his team to 47 fourth quarter comeback wins, and finished his playing days with a pair of Super Bowl rings.
- Fran Tarkenton – 342
Fran Tarkenton threw for double-digit touchdowns in 17 of the 18 years he played professional football, including a career-high 29 in 1967. Tarkenton finished with 342 scoring passes in all while playing for the Vikings, the Giants, and then the Vikings again. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1986.
- Dan Marino – 420
Dan Marino threw 420 scoring passes during his 17-year career, all of them for the Miami Dolphins. Marino was a star from the get-go, leading the league in passing touchdowns in his second, third, and fourth campaigns (48, 30, and 44 touchdowns, respectively). He never threw more than 30 in a year again. Marino was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
- Tom Brady – 428
One of just two active quarterbacks among the top five all time touchdown leaders, Patriots signal-caller Tom Brady has thrown for 428 touchdown passes (and counting, now that he’s officially back from his suspension). The four-time champion has won 77% of his regular-season starts, has started all 16 games in 11 of the Pats’ last 12 full seasons, and has guided New England to a winning season in each of those years. He threw 50 scoring strikes in the 2007 campaign, when the Patriots didn’t lose a regular sesason game.