All-Time Career Passing Yardage Leaders

All-Time Career Passing Yardage Leaders


January 5, 2020
Chad Henne (image via Twitter)

A few weeks ago, I posted the all-time single season passing yardage leaders (LINK). Here’s a look at the career passing yardage leaders:

  1. 9,715 yards – Chad Henne (2004-2007)
  2. 9,254 yards – John Navarre (2000-2003)
  3. 6,460 yards – Elvis Grbac (1989-1992)
  4. 6,336 yards – Devin Gardner (2010-2014)
  5. 6,250 yards – Denard Robinson (2009-2012)
  6. 5,858 yards – Todd Collins (1991-1994)
  7. 5,661 yards – Shea Patterson (2018-2019)
  8. 5,449 yards – Jim Harbaugh (1983-1986)
  9. 5,351 yards – Tom Brady (1996-1999)
  10. 4,860 yards – Steve Smith (1980-1983)
  11. 4,383 yards – Brian Griese (1995-1997)
  12. 4,284 yards – Rick Leach (1975-1978)
  13. 3,192 yards – Wilton Speight (2015-2017)
  14. 3,017 yards – Jake Rudock (2015)
  15. 2,994 yards – John Wangler (1976-1980)
  16. 2,946 yards – Drew Henson (1998-2000)
  17. 2,920 yards – Scott Dreisbach (1995-1998)
  18. 2,647 yards – Tate Forcier (2009-2010)
  19. 2,550 yards – Don Moorhead (1968-1970)
  20. 2,534 yards – Dennis Brown (1966-1968)
  21. 2,400 yards – Dick Widmer (1965-1967)
  22. 2,285 yards – Dennis Franklin (1972-1974)
  23. 2,194 yards – Michael Taylor (1987-1989)
  24. 2,026 yards – Demetrius Brown (1986-1988)
  25. 1,656 yards – Bob Timberlake (1962-1964)

It’s a sign of the modern passing era that two guys with just one season at Michigan (Jake Rudock and Shea Patterson) both made the top 18 (UPDATE: Patterson has since moved up to #7 all-time.)

This was originally posted on May 24, 2019.

5 comments

  1. Avatar
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    je93
    May 25, 2019 at 12:29 PM

    Don’t forget, Tate Forcier only started in 2009. His significant snaps in 2010 were against Bowling Green (I believe 10 of 10), and Indiana (4Q & OT)

    • Lanknows
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      Lanknows
      Jan 05, 2020 at 3:52 PM

      Straight up false. Who wrote this? Oh I see.

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        je93
        Jan 05, 2020 at 4:25 PM

        Relax Lank. I am wrong once in awhile, and always admit it

        Forcier was only the starter in 2009. That’s true. Not sure how I mixed up Indiana/Illinois, but it might be that the game was a decade ago

  2. DonAZ
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    DonAZ
    Jan 05, 2020 at 1:01 PM

    I love lists like this … it allows me to go back into my memory bank and resurrect thoughts of games gone by.

    Just one thing … “Rick Leach (1982-1984)” … Leach played 1975 – 1978 … I remember it was a relatively rare thing then for QBs to start as true freshmen, and especially so at Michigan. He played four seasons.

    Leach opted for a career in baseball rather than football, and didn’t do all that well. I wonder how it would have worked out for him in the NFL? He was drafted by the Denver Broncos. If he’d gone to the Broncos he might have re-united the Leach + Lytle combination at Michigan.

  3. GKblue
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    GKblue
    Jan 05, 2020 at 1:41 PM

    Got to remember that Leach was a southpaw and ran an option offense. I always thought he was better as an option guy running and kicking the ball out to the RB. Passed a football like it was a baseball and if I remember correctly did it pretty well on the move.

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