In the entire history of the NFL, there have only been 77 instances of 4,000 yard passing seasons. There have been 29 seasons since the merger. In 1970, 26 teams played 14 games. It was difficult to throw for 4,000 yards back then, unless you were an AFL holdover. When the schedule expanded to 16 games in 1978, the league also had two more teams: the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Since 1978, the league has continued to grow and more players have had a chance to add to the record. Today, 32 teams play 16 games over the course of 17 weeks. (No, I didn’t do the math!)
27 quarterbacks have thrown for 4,000 yards at least once in their careers (really 26, if you exclude Namath’s accomplishment in the old AFL). A mere 13 players have accomplished this feat more than once. They have produced 46 of those historic 77 seasons. 8 players had hit the 4,000 yard mark more than twice in their careers. Only 4 players have done it more than 3 times!
That’s top-heavy. Can you name the list?
Here’s #1. Who are the rest?
NOTE: 25 of those 77 seasons have occurred in the last five years.