NFL Yearly Leaders - Passer Rating

The following is a list of the NFL yearly passing leaders ranked by passer rating. Statistics are current through the 2018 NFL season and include stats accrued in NFL, AFL and APFA games.

Leaders based on 224 pass attempts

      Passing
Year Player Team Att Cmp Pct Yds Int TD Lg Rating
2018 D. Brees NO 415 314 75.7 3,463 4 31 72t 120.8
2017 A. Smith KC 505 341 67.5 4,042 5 26 79t 104.7
2016 M. Ryan Atl 534 373 69.9 4,944 7 38 76t 117.1
2015 R. Wilson Sea 483 329 68.1 4,024 8 34 80t 110.1
2014 T. Romo Dal 435 304 69.9 3,705 9 34 68t 113.2
2013 N. Foles Phi 317 203 64.0 2,891 2 27 63t 119.2
2012 A. Rodgers GB 552 371 67.2 4,295 8 39 73 108.0
2011 A. Rodgers GB 502 343 68.3 4,643 6 45 93t 122.5
2010 T. Brady NE 492 324 65.9 3,900 4 36 79t 111.0
2009 D. Brees NO 514 363 70.6 4,388 11 34 75t 109.6
2008 P. Rivers SD 478 312 65.3 4,009 11 34 67 105.5
2007 T. Brady NE 578 398 68.9 4,806 8 50 69t 117.2
2006 P. Manning Ind 557 362 65.0 4,397 9 31 68t 101.0
2005 P. Manning Ind 453 305 67.3 3,747 10 28 80t 104.1
2004 P. Manning Ind 497 336 67.6 4,557 10 49 80t 121.1
2003 S. McNair Ten 400 250 62.5 3,215 7 24 73 100.4
2002 C. Pennington NYJ 399 275 68.9 3,120 6 22 47 104.2
2001 K. Warner Stl 546 375 68.7 4,830 22 36 65t 101.4
2000 B. Griese Den 336 216 64.3 2,688 4 19 61 102.9
1999 K. Warner Stl 499 325 65.1 4,353 13 41 75t 109.2
1998 R. Cunningham Min 425 259 60.9 3,704 10 34 67t 106.0
1997 S. Young SF 356 241 67.7 3,029 6 19 82 104.7
1996 S. Young SF 316 214 67.7 2,410 6 14 52 97.2
1995 J. Harbaugh Ind 314 200 63.7 2,575 5 17 52 100.7
1994 S. Young SF 461 324 70.3 3,969 10 35 69t 112.8
1993 S. Young SF 462 314 68.0 4,023 16 29 80t 101.5
1992 S. Young SF 402 268 66.7 3,465 7 25 80t 107.0
1991 S. Young SF 279 180 64.5 2,517 8 17 97t 101.8
1990 J. Kelly Buf 346 219 63.3 2,829 9 24 71 101.2
1989 J. Montana SF 386 271 70.2 3,521 8 26 95t 112.4
1988 B. Esiason Cin 388 223 57.5 3,572 14 28 86t 97.4
1987 J. Montana SF 398 266 66.8 3,054 13 31 57t 102.1
1986 T. Kramer Min 372 208 55.9 3,000 10 24 76t 92.6
1985 K. O'Brien NYJ 488 297 60.9 3,888 8 25 96t 96.2
1984 D. Marino Mia 564 362 64.2 5,084 17 48 80t 108.9
1983 S. Bartkowski Atl 432 274 63.4 3,167 5 22 76t 97.6
1982 K. Anderson Cin 309 218 70.6 2,495 9 12 56t 95.3
1981 K. Anderson Cin 479 300 62.6 3,754 10 29 74t 98.4
1980 B. Sipe Cle 554 337 60.8 4,132 14 30 65 91.4
1979 R. Staubach Dal 461 267 57.9 3,586 11 27 75t 92.3
1978 R. Staubach Dal 413 231 55.9 3,190 16 25 91t 84.9
1977 B. Griese Mia 307 180 58.6 2,252 13 22 73t 87.8
1976 K. Stabler Oak 291 194 66.7 2,737 17 27 88t 103.4
1975 K. Anderson Cin 377 228 60.5 3,169 11 21 55 93.9
1974 K. Anderson Cin 328 213 64.9 2,667 10 18 77t 95.7
1973 R. Staubach Dal 286 179 62.6 2,428 15 23 53 94.6
1972 B. Kilmer Was 225 120 53.3 1,648 11 19 89t 84.8
1971 B. Griese Mia 263 145 55.1 2,089 9 19 86t 90.9
1970 J. Brodie SF 378 223 59.0 2,941 10 24 79t 93.8
1969 D. Lamonica (AFL) Oak 426 221 51.9 3,302 25 34 80t 79.8
  F. Tarkenton (NFL) NYG 409 220 53.8 2,918 8 23 65 87.2
1968 L. Dawson (AFL) KC 224 131 58.5 2,109 9 17 92t 98.6
  E. Morrall (NFL) Bal 317 182 57.4 2,909 17 26 84 93.2
1967 L. Dawson (AFL) KC 357 206 57.7 2,651 17 24 71t 83.7
  S. Jurgensen (NFL) Was 508 288 56.7 3,747 16 31 86t 87.3
1966 L. Dawson (AFL) KC 284 159 56.0 2,527 10 26 89 101.7
  B. Starr (NFL) GB 251 156 62.2 2,257 3 14 83t 105.0
1965 L. Dawson (AFL) KC 305 163 53.4 2,262 14 21 67 81.3
  J. Unitas (NFL) Bal 282 164 58.2 2,530 12 23 61 97.4
1964 L. Dawson (AFL) KC 354 199 56.2 2,879 18 30 72t 89.9
  B. Starr (NFL) GB 272 163 59.9 2,144 4 15 73 97.1
1963 T. Rote (AFL) SD 286 170 59.4 2,510 17 20 85t 86.7
  Y. Tittle (NFL) NYG 367 221 60.2 3,145 14 36 70t 104.8
1962 L. Dawson (AFL) DalT 310 189 61.0 2,759 17 29 92t 98.3
  B. Starr (NFL) GB 285 178 62.5 2,438 9 12 83t 90.7
1961 G. Blanda (AFL) Hou 362 187 51.7 3,330 22 36 80t 91.3
  B. Wade (NFL) Chi 250 139 55.6 2,258 13 22 98t 93.7
1960 T. Flores (AFL) Oak 252 136 54.0 1,738 12 12 61 71.8
  M. Plum (NFL) Cle 250 151 60.4 2,297 5 21 86t 110.4
1959 J. Unitas Bal 367 193 52.6 2,899 14 32 71 92.0
1958 J. Unitas Bal 263 136 51.7 2,007 7 19 77t 90.0
1957 J. Unitas Bal 301 172 57.1 2,550 17 24 82t 88.0
1956 T. Rote GB 308 146 47.4 2,203 15 18 66 70.6
1955 N. Van Brocklin LA 272 144 52.9 1,890 15 8 74 62.0
1954 A. Burk Phi 231 123 53.2 1,740 17 23 84 80.4
1953 O. Graham Cle 258 167 64.7 2,722 9 11 70 99.7
1952 O. Graham Cle 364 181 49.7 2,816 24 20 68 66.6
1951 O. Graham Cle 265 147 55.5 2,205 16 17 81 79.2
1950 N. Van Brocklin LA 233 127 54.5 2,061 14 18 58 85.1