Only ten quarterbacks have surpassed 50,000 career passing yards. Before the end of the 2020 season, Aaron Rodgers will be number 11 on that list and the Green Bay Packers will be the only franchise to ever have two quarterbacks on that list.
- Dan Marino was the first quarterback to surpass the 50,000-yard mark in 1996. It took Dan Marino 196 games to reach the milestone.
- John Elway hit 50,000 yards in 229 games.
- Brett Favre became the third quarterback to eclipse the historic milestone in 2005. Brett Favre played in 211 games.
- Peyton Manning overtook Marino as the fastest quarterback to 50,000 by achieving the mark in five fewer games.
- Drew Brees was able to overtake Peyton Manning as the fastest quarterback to 50,000 in just 183 games.
- Tom Brady hit 50,000 yards, just one game under 200 total games.
- Even more incredible than the Packers eventually having two 50,000 passers on the list is having two quarterbacks from the same family. Eli Manning achieved the milestone in 209 career games.
- The 2017 NFL season was a banner year for quarterbacks surpassing 50,000 passing yards. Just one month later, Ben Roethlisberger joined the exclusive club in 195 games.
- Another 2004 NFL draft pick achieve 50,000 passing yards in 2017. Phillip Rivers miss out on tieing Big Ben by one game. He reached the milestone in 196 games.
- Matt Ryan is the most recent quarterback to join the 50,000-yard club in 2019. Matt Ryan is the second-fastest quarterback to reach 50,000 total yards in just 186 games.
December 7th, 2020
Aaron Rodgers will break the 50,000-yard mark five days after his 37th birthday. Aaron Rodgers only needs 3,054 yards to passing yards in 2020. Excluding injury years, Aaron Rodgers has never passed for fewer than 3,800 yards in a single season. If Aaron Rodgers maintains his 2019 per game average of 250.1 yards, Rodgers will exceed 50,000 yards against the Eagles in week 12. Week 12 will be Aaron Rodger’s 193 game, the third-fastest in NFL history. Aaron Rodgers is going to be the only quarterback on the list that spent three years of their career as a backup. If you subtract the three years Aaron Rodgers spent filling in for Brett Farve, Aaron Rodgers ties Matt Ryan as the second-fastest quarterback in NFL history to reach 50,000.
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