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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.

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 seasonEdit

^ Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
* Active player

Quarterbacks must have at least 1500 career attempts to qualify for this list. Updated through November 11, 2019.[2][3]


Quarterbacks must have at least 150 career postseason attempts to qualify for this list. Updated through the 2018 season.

All-time rankings in the 4 categoriesEdit

These are the top 10 quarterbacks in each statistic that determine the NFL passer rating.[1]
Minimum: 1,500 Attempts
Records through November 3, 2019.

^ Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
* Active player

See alsoEdit


  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
  3. ^ "Career Passer Rating", Pro Football Hall of

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