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The NFL is enjoying an era of quarterbacking prowess the likes of which has never before been seen. The top three quarterbacks in career passer ratings — Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson and Drew Brees — are all active and continuing to set new marks.

NFL PASSER RATING

Since 1973, passer rating has been the official formula used by the NFL to determine its passing leader. The stat is generated from a formula applied to a player’s passing attempts, completions, yards, touchdowns, and interceptions. The resultant number ranges from 0 to 158.3 — the latter being considered a “perfect” game from a passing perspective.

NFL Career Passer Rating Leaders: Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Tom Brady

Green Bay Packers quarterback Rodgers is the all-time career leader in passer rating, followed by the Seattle Seahawks’ Wilson, New Orleans Saints’ Brees and New England Patriots’ Brady.

UPDATED October 29, 2019

1) AARON RODGERS — 103.3

Rodgers career passer rating of 103.3 makes him the lone quarterback in league history to consistently have a number north of 100. His 2011 rating of 122.5 still holds as the benchmark for a season’s work, although that mark will likely fall to Brees this year. In 2009, Rodgers recorded his best single game rating of 155.4, which came in a 31-3 victory over the Cleveland Browns. In that game he racked up 246 yards and 3 touchdowns while completing 75 percent of his passes.

Statistical Overview

0
Games Started
0
Passing TDs
0
Rushing TDs

% Passes Completed

.648

% Wins As Starter

.645

2) RUSSELL WILSON — 101.4

Wilson’s career passer rating (101.4) edged back over 100 on the strength of last season’s numbers which produced his highest single-season rating to date (110.9) — a mark he’s on pace to top this year. In 2018, Wilson posted a perfect single game rating of 158.3 in a 28-14 victory over the Detroit Lions. Playing on the road at Ford Field, he tallied 248 yards and three touchdowns while completing 82.35 percent of his passes.

Statistical Overview

0
Games Started
0
Passing TDs
0
Rushing TDs

% Passes Completed

.645

% Wins As Starter

.675

3) DREW BREES — 97.8

Brees has edged ahead of Brady in career passer rating on the strength of a historic 2018 season in which he posted a single-season mark of 115.7. In 2009, the six-foot-oh play caller from Texas recorded a perfect game 158.3 in a 38-17 win over the New England Patriots, throwing for 371 yards and 5 touchdowns on 18-23 passing.

Statistical Overview

0
Games Started
0
Passing TDs
0
Rushing TDs

% Passes Completed

.674

% Wins As Starter

.590

4) TOM BRADY — 97.5

Brady’s career passer rating (97.5) inched up after he posted three consecutive seasons north of 100 from 2015-17. In 2007, he had his best season with a 117.2 rating while leading the Patriots to a 16-0 record. Brady has twice thrown for perfect passer ratings of 158.3, first in a 49-28 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in 2007, then again in a 45-24 victory over the Detroit Lions during the 2010 season.

Statistical Overview

0
Games Started
0
Passing TDs
0
Rushing TDs

% Passes Completed

.641

% Wins As Starter

.782

NFL CAREER PASSER RATING LEADERS

Aaron Rodgers, 103.3 100%
Russell Wilson, 101.4 98.2%
Drew Brees, 97.8 94.7%
Tom Brady, 97.5 94.4%
Tony Romo, 97.1 — 94.0%
Dak Prescott, 96.9 93.8%
Steve Young, 96.8 — 93.7%
Peyton Manning, 96.5 — 93.4%
Kirk Cousins, 96.5 93.4%
Philip Rivers, 95.5 92.4%

Incredibly, seven of the top ten leaders in career passer rating are active players. For a player to appear in the rankings they need a career minimum of 1,500 pass attempts. Watch for Kansas City Chiefs thrower Patrick Mahomes (112.1) to become a mainstay in the top-ten in upcoming years.