The NFL’s Stat Kings

The NFL’s Stat Kings

Here’s a question you don’t get asked every day: How well do you know your all-time NFL statistical leaders? We took a glance at the the league’s all-time leaders in the three major offensive categories – passing yards, rushing yards and receiving yards – and, quite frankly, we were surprised. No John Elway or Warren Moon among the Top 7 passing leaders? No Jim Brown or Franco Harris on the Top 7 rushing yards list? And who knew a tight end would make the Top 7 list in career receiving yards? So here’s our challenge to you: From No. 1 to No. 7, match each statistical ranking with its correct owner. The answers are at the bottom of this page. Good luck!

TOP SEVEN PASSING YARDS:

Passing Yards Quarterback
No. 1 – 77,416 Peyton Manning
No. 2 – 74,571 Eli Manning
No. 3 – 71,940 Dan Marino
No. 4 – 71,838 Tom Brady
No. 5 – 61,361 Drew Brees
No. 6 – 59,271 Brett Favre
No. 7 – 57,023 Philip Rivers

 

TOP SEVEN RUSHING YARDS:

Rushing Yards Running Back
No. 1 – 18,355 Curtis Martin
No. 2 – 16,726 Barry Sanders
No. 3 – 15,347 Adrian Peterson
No. 4 – 15,269 LaDainian Tomlinson
No. 5 – 14,216 Frank Gore
No. 6 – 14,101 Emmitt Smith
No. 7 – 13,684 Walter Payton

 

TOP SEVEN RECEIVING YARDS:

Receiving Yards Wide Receiver/TE
No. 1 – 22,895 Larry Fitzgerald
No. 2 – 17,083 Isaac Bruce
No. 3 – 15,934 Tim Brown
No. 4 – 15,292 Jerry Rice
No. 5 – 15,208 Randy Moss
No. 6 – 15,127 Terrell Owens
No. 7 – 14,934 Tony Gonzalez

 

 

ANSWERS:

 

PASSING YARDS:

No. 1 – Drew Brees

No. 2 – Tom Brady

No. 3 – Peyton Manning

No. 4 – Brett Favre

No. 5 – Dan Marino

No. 6 – Philip Rivers

No. 7 – Eli Manning

 

RUSHING YARDS:

No. 1 – Emmitt Smith

No. 2 – Walter Payton

No. 3 – Frank Gore

No. 4 – Barry Sanders

No. 5 – Adrian Peterson

No. 6 – Curtis Martin

No. 7 – LaDainlian Tomlinson

 

RECEIVING YARDS:

No. 1 – Jerry Rice

No. 2 – Larry Fitzgerald

No. 3 – Terrell Owens

No. 4 – Randy Moss

No. 5 – Isaac Bruce

No. 6 – Tony Gonzalez

No. 7 – Tim Brown