Can You Name These NFL Quarterbacks Who’ve Thrown 4000+ Yards in a Season?

By: J.P. Naomi
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Calling all NFL buffs! It's time to see just how well you know the greatest quarterbacks of all time. And no, we're not just talking about Tom Brady! OK, we are a little bit. But aside from Brady, there have been dozens of NFL leaders who have thrown for more than 4,000 in a season, some even multiple years. Take Peyton Manning for example. Did you know that he holds the NFL record for most number of 4,000-yard passing seasons? We won't keep you in suspense too long - that number is 14. While others like Tony Romo, Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger have logged their fair share, there are plenty of quarterbacks who've had just one. But one is victory enough to land you on this list. So we want to know, do you have what it takes to name them all? 

It's time to get your head in the game and put your hands where the ball is headed. This quarterbacks quiz is sure to take you through time from the days of Steve Young and Dan Fouts, to Cam Newton and Matthew Stafford. Do you think you're up for the challenge? 

Good luck and get ready for the play action pass! More yards are coming your way!

Did you know that Peyton Manning holds the record for the highest number of 4,000-yard passing seasons? He achieved this feat 14 times during his 18-year career. He was selected to the Pro Bowl 14 times as well.

Did you know that Andrew Luck was the first quarterback of the 2014 season to reach 4,000 passing yards? Later that year, he became the starting quarterback for Team Carter in the Pro Bowl.

Nicknamed Broadway Joe, Joe Namath played for the New York Jets for 11 years before finishing his career with the Los Angeles Rams. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

Tom Brady is no stranger to throwing more than 4,000 yards in a season. Since 2001, he has accomplished this feat 10 times and has been named the NFL passing yards leader three times.

Aaron Rodgers began his NFL career by backing up Brett Favre. In 2008, he became the starter for the Packers and just two years later, led the team to Super Bowl victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Did you know that Cam Newton was the No. 1 draft pick of 2011? He not only threw for 4,000 yards in his first season, he threw for 400 yards in his first game! His career passer rating thus far is 86.4.

Did you know that during his 17-year career with the Miami Dolphins, Dan Marino threw for 4,000 yards six times? He finished his career with a total of 61,361 passing yards and a passer rating of 86.4.

Eli Manning was the No. 1 draft pick in the 2004 NFL draft. He was selected by the New York Giants and led them to Super Bowl Victories in 2007 and 2011. He has thrown for 4,000 yards seven times in his 14-year career.

Not only did John Elway play his entire 16-year career with the Denver Broncos, he is currently the general manager and President of Football Operations for the team. The Broncos retired his No. 7 in 1999.

Did you know that Carson Palmer won the Heisman Trophy in 2002 while playing at USC? He was selected first overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2003 and retired from the Arizona Cardinals in 2017 with a career total of 46,247 passing yards.

Matt Ryan threw for 4,000 yards in each of four consecutive years from 2011 - 2014. He has a total of 46,720 passing yards with a rating of 94.9 and is still going strong. He was named the NFL MVP in 2016.

Drew Brees threw 4,000 passing yards every year for nine straight years between 2006 - 2014. He currently sits at No. 2 on the all time list of 4,000 yard season quarterbacks, behind Peyton Manning and ahead of Tom Brady.

Andrew Gregory Dalton played college football at Texas Christian University. In 2011, he was selected 35th overall in the NFL draft and signed a 4-year $5.2 million contract with the Bengals. To date, he has thrown 4,000 passing yards twice - once in 2013 and again in 2016.

A three-time Super Bowl champion, Steve Young threw for 4,000 yards in 1993 and 1998. He was selected to the Pro Bowl seven consecutive years from 1992 - 1998. His No. 8 was retired by the 49ers in 2008.

Matthew Stafford threw for 4,000 yards from 2011 - 2017. He currently holds the Detroit Lions' franchise record for most consecutive seasons with 4,000 passing yards. Since 2009, he has a career total of 34,749 passing yards.

Tony Romo is a former quarterback who played with the Dallas Cowboys for his entire 14-season career. He retired in 2016 following a back injury, but was quickly hired by CBS Sports as the lead color analyst for NFL broadcasts - a fan favorite today.

Kerry Collins played in the NFL for 17 seasons before retiring in 2011. As quarterback, he defeated every team in the NFL, except the Miami Dolphins. He finished his career with a total of 40,922 passing yards.

Daunte Culpepper played with the Minnesota Vikings from 1999 - 2005. In 2004, he recorded his best year yet with 4,717 passing yards, 39 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions. He was the NFL passing yards leader in 2004.

Drew Bledsoe played 14 seasons in the NFL and retired with a career total of 44,611 passing yards. He is often remembered for paving the way for Tom Brady who replaced him following a severe injury in 2001.

After 20 seasons in the NFL, Brett Favre retired with a career total of 71,838 passing yards. During his time with the Packers, he recorded five 4,000+ yard seasons and one more with the Vikings!

Ryan Tannehill has been with the Miami Dolphins since 2012. In 2014 and 2015, he recorded more than 4,000 passing yards and, to date, has a total of 20,434 yards. He has a career passing rating of 87.

Big Ben was the 11th pick of the 2004 NFL draft. In 2006, he became the youngest Super Bowl-winning quarterback in NFL history at the age of 23. He has more than 56,000 yards under his belt and still going!

Kurt Warner is considered one of the best undrafted NFL players of all time. After playing college football at Northern Iowa, Warner went on to play 12 years in the NFL and ended with a career passer rating of 107.84!

He may not have been to the Super Bowl yet, but Philip Rivers has thrown for more than 4,000 yards in eight of his 15 seasons in the NFL. He has been with the Chargers since 2004!

Jon Kitna went undrafted in 1996. He landed with the Seahawks, Bengals and Lions before heading to the Dallas Cowboys where he finished his career. During his career, he completed 2,677 passes for a total of 29,745 yards.

Phil Simms led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl victories in the 1986 and 1990 seasons. He may have had only one 4,000+ yard season during his 15-year career, but does that matter if you have two Super Bowl rings?!

Trent Green was an eighth round pick of the 1993 NFL draft. During his 15-year career, he played with the Chargers, Redskins, Rams, Chiefs and Dolphins. He is one of the only quarterbacks to pass for more than 4,000 yards in three consecutive seasons.

2009 was a great year for Matt Schaub. Not only was he named Pro Bowl MVP, he was also the NFL passing yards leader with 4,770 yards. He has played with four different teams in his 15-year career thus far.

Scott Mitchell played 12 seasons in the NFL for the Dolphins, Lions, Ravens and Bengals. Throughout his career, he completed 1,301 passes for a total of 15,692 yards and had a quarterback rating of 75.3.

Standing 6 feet, 5 inches tall, James Samuel Everett III played 12 seasons in the NFL from 1986 - 1997. He is the Los Angeles Rams' career leader in passing yards with 23,758 yards.

Mark Brunell began his NFL career with the Green Bay Packers in 1993. He was soon traded to Jacksonville where he recorded 4,367 yards in one season! He was selected to the Pro Bowl three times during his tenure with the Jaguars.

Josh Freeman was a right-handed quarterback who not only played for the Buccaneers, but also the Vikings, Giants, Dolphins and Colts. He finished his NFL career with 81 touchdowns, 68 interceptions, and 13,873 passing yards.

Rich Gannon began his NFL career in 1987. Nearly 15 years later, he would have his best season yet, throwing 4,689 yards in 2002. Needless to say, he was the NFL passing yards leader that year.

Jay Cutler played for the Broncos, Bears and Dolphins during his 12 seasons in the NFL. Throughout his career, he recorded 3,048 pass completions for more than 35,000 yards, including 4,526 yards in 2008.

After winning the Heisman Trophy in 1986, Vinny Testaverde went on to become one of the longest-playing quarterbacks in the NFL. He threw for 4,177 yards in 1996 while playing for the Baltimore Ravens.

In 1999, Steve Beuerlein recorded 4,436 passing yards while playing with the Carolina Panthers. He threw for more than 24,000 yards in his 17-season career and retired with a passer rating of 80.3.

Jake Plummer played 10 seasons in the NFL beginning in 1997 with the Arizona Cardinals and later with the Denver Broncos. He threw for 4,089 yards in 2004. That same year, he recorded 27 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.

Marc Bulger played the majority of his career with the St. Louis Rams from 2000 - 2009. He recorded his best year in 2006 with 4,301 passing yards and a 92.9 rating. He was the 2003 Pro Bowl MVP.

Although Warren Moon went undrafted in 1978, he went on to become a nine-time Pro Bowler, NFL Offensive Player of the Year, Pro Bowl MVP, NFL Man of the Year, and two-time NFL passing yards leader! He recorded 4,689 yards in 1990 and 4,690 yards in 1991 while playing for the Houston Oilers.

Dan Fouts became the first player in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards in three consecutive seasons, 1979 - 1981. He was the NFL passing yards leader for four consecutive seasons, but he threw "just" 2,883 yards in 1982.

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