In a Week 12 matchup vs. the Carolina Panthers on November 27, Denver Broncos’ quarterback Russell Wilson threw his 300th career passing touchdown – becoming the 14th NFL quarterback to achieve the milestone. He’s also the fifth active QB to do so, the last quarterback being Matthew Stafford in 2021.
Wilson entered Week 12 with 299 passing touchdowns after being held without a TD in their previous game against the Las Vegas Raiders. The magic No. 300 came late in the fourth quarter with the Broncos down 23-3. He threw a one-yard TD pass to Brandon Johnson, but it was too late to mount a comeback.
Russell Wilson ultimately finished the game 19/35 for 142 yards and one touchdown, while adding eight yards rushing in what was a disappointing loss. His offensive woes have been obvious this season as he attempts to adjust to his new coaches, teammates, and city. Only time will tell if he can figure things out.
Russell Wilson Joins 13 Other NFL Quarterbacks With 300 Passing Touchdowns
Russell Wilson has had an illustrious and exceptional career since joining the league as a third round draft pick with the Seattle Seahawks in 2012. Whether or not you think he’s a future Hall of Famer and despite his recent play, you can’t deny or overlook the impact he has had on the quarterback position.
He’s one of the greatest mobile quarterbacks, meaning he can get it done both through the air and on the ground. Now in his 11th season, Wilson has accumulated 39,617 passing yards, 300 passing TDs, and just 92 interceptions. He also has 4,847 rushing yards and 24 rushing TDs and five catches for 21 yards.
The Broncos might be 3-8 under his leadership this season, but he’s a bonafide winner with a career 107-61-1 record as starting QB – 104 of those wins coming in Seattle. He’s a nine-time Pro Bowl QB, former Walter Payton Man of the Year and 2014 Super Bowl champion. He deserves his recognition.
And now, he’s the 14th quarterback to ever throw for 300 touchdowns – let’s take a look at the 13 others!
13. John Elway – 300
John Elway spent 16 seasons in the NFL between 1983 and 1998 – all with the Denver Broncos. During his illustrious career, he threw for 51,475 yards, 300 touchdowns, and 226 interceptions – he also ran for 3,407 yards and 33 touchdowns. He finished with at least 20 passing touchdowns on six occasions.
Elway was a nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback, two-time Super Bowl champion, one-time Super Bowl MVP, and had a 148-82-1 record as a starter. He had 38 fourth quarter comebacks, 40 game-winning drives, and a 79.7 passer rating throughout his career. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.
12. Matthew Stafford – 333 (and counting)
Matthew Stafford is currently playing in his 14th season in the NFL and second with the Los Angeles Rams – he was the No. 1 overall draft pick by the Detroit Lions in 2009. In 191 games played, he has thrown 52,082 yards, 333 touchdowns, and 169 interceptions – including another 15 TDs on the ground.
Stafford has thrown for at least 20 touchdowns on 10 occasions and at least 40 touchdowns on two occasions. He’s a one-time Pro Bowl quarterback with an 89-101-1 record as a starter. He won his first Super Bowl with the Rams last season and will likely be a Hall of Fame quarterback when he retires.
11. Fran Tarkenton – 342
Fran Tarkenton spent 18 seasons in the NFL with the Vikings and Giants between 1961 and 1978. During that time, he threw for 47,003 yards, 342 touchdowns, and 266 interceptions – he also ran for 3,674 yards and 32 touchdowns. He led the NFL with 25 TDs in 1975 en route to his only MVP win.
Tarkenton was a nine-time Pro Bowl and one-time All-Pro quarterback with a 124-109-6 record as a starter. In addition to his MVP in 1975, he was also named Offensive Player of the Year and was later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986. He’s one of the first mobile QBs in NFL history.
10. Eli Manning – 366
Eli Manning spent 16 seasons in the NFL between 2004 and 2019 – all of which with the New York Giants. During that time, he threw for 57,023 yards, 366 touchdowns, and 244 interceptions – he also ran for 567 yards and seven touchdowns. He threw at least 20 touchdowns on 12 occasions in his career.
Manning was a four-time Pro Bowl quarterback with a 117-117-0 record as a starter. He famously won two Super Bowl championships, both of which came against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. He was named the Super Bowl MVP both times and will likely be named to the Hall of Fame at some point.
9. Matt Ryan – 380 (and counting)
Matt Ryan is currently playing in his 15th season in the NFL and first with the Indianapolis Colts – he was the No. 3 overall pick in 2008. In 233 games played, Ryan has thrown for 62,610 yards, 380 touchdowns, and 183 interceptions – he has also ran for 1,539 yards and 13 touchdowns. He’ll likely retire very soon.
Ryan is a four-time Pro Bowl and one-time All-Pro quarterback with a 124-108-1 record as a starter. He’s a former Offensive Rookie of the Year and was named both the Offensive Player of the Year and MVP in 2016. He famously and tragically lost to Tom Brady and the Patriots in his lone Super Bowl appearance.
8. Ben Roethlisberger – 418
Ben Roethlisberger spent 18 seasons in the NFL between 2004 and 2021 – all of which with the Pittsburgh Steelers. They drafted him with the No. 11 overall pick and he gave them nearly two decades of quality football, throwing for 64,088 yards, 418 touchdowns, and 211 interceptions in 249 games.
Roethlisberger was a six-time Pro Bowl quarterback with a 165-81-1 record as a starter. The former Offensive Rookie of the Year won two Super Bowl championships with the Steelers. With at least 20 touchdowns in 12 seasons and 30 touchdowns in four seasons, Big Ben is a future Hall of Fame QB.
7. Dan Marino – 420
Dan Marino spent 17 seasons in the NFL between 1983 and 1999 – all of which with the Miami Dolphins. They drafted him with the No. 27 overall pick and he turned out to be one of the greatest of all-time. In 242 career games played, Marino threw for 61,361 yards, 420 touchdowns, and 252 interceptions.
Marino was a nine-time Pro Bowl and three-time All-Pro quarterback with a 147-93-0 record as a starter. He never won a Super Bowl, but he was a man ahead of his time with his ability to light up the scoreboard – touchdown after touchdown. In fact, he was the all-time leader in TDs before the modern era stepped in.
6. Philip Rivers – 421
Philip Rivers spent 17 seasons in the NFL between 2004 and 2020 – 16 of which with the Chargers before his lone season in Indianapolis. In 244 career games played, Rivers threw for 63,440 yards, 421 touchdowns, and 209 interceptions. He finished with at least 30 passing touchdowns on six occasions.
Rivers was an eight-time Pro Bowl quarterback with a 134-106-0 record as a starter. He was named the Comeback Player of the Year in 2013, but his lack of a Super Bowl and 5-7 record in the playoffs could keep him out of the Hall of Fame – though I personally believe he deserves to be elected at some point.
5. Aaron Rodgers – 471 (and counting)
Aaron Rodgers is currently playing in his 18th season in the NFL since being drafted by the Green Bay Packers with the No. 24 overall pick in 2005. He’s one of the all-time greats and continues to defy time with his ability. As of right now, he has 58,224 passing yards, 471 touchdowns, and just 102 interceptions.
Rodgers has led the NFL in touchdowns on two occasions. He’s a 10-time Pro Bowl and four-time All-Pro quarterback with a 144-74-1 record as a starter. He’s also a four-time MVP, one-time Super Bowl champion, and one-time Super Bowl MVP who will be in the Hall of Fame the first opportunity he gets.
4. Brett Favre – 508
Brett Favre spent 20 seasons in the NFL with the Packers, Vikings, Jets, and Falcons between 1991 and 2010. In 302 career games played, Favre threw for 71,838 yards, 508 touchdowns, and 336 interceptions – he also ran for 1,844 yards and 14 touchdowns. He led the NFL in passing TDs on four occasions.
Favre threw for at least 30 touchdowns on nine occasions. He was an 11-time Pro Bowl and three-time All-Pro quarterback with a 186-112-0 record as a starter. He’s the only player to win three consecutive MVPs and also led the Packers to a Super Bowl in 1997. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016.
3. Peyton Manning – 539
Peyton Manning spent 17 seasons in the NFL with the Colts and Broncos between 1998 and 2015 – he was the No. 1 overall pick and certainly lived up to the hype. In 266 career games played, Manning threw for 71,940 yards, 530 touchdowns, and just 251 interceptions. He led the NFL in passing TDs four times.
Manning was a 14-time Pro Bowl and seven-time All-Pro with a 186-79-0 record as a starter. He was also a five-time MVP (most all-time), two-time Super Bowl champion, one-time Super Bowl MVP, two-time Offensive Player of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, and current Hall of Famer – Class of 2021.
2. Drew Brees – 571
Drew Brees spent 20 seasons in the NFL with the Saints and Chargers between 2001 and 2020 – he was a second round draft pick who turned out to be one of the greatest of all-time. In 287 games played, Brees threw for 80,358 yards, 571 touchdowns, and 243 interceptions – he had a 172-114-0 record.
Brees was a 13-time Pro Bowl and one-time All-Pro quarterback who won a Super Bowl, Super Bowl MVP, Comeback Player of the Year, and was a two-time Offensive Player of the Year. He threw for at least 30 touchdowns on 10 occasions and at least 40 touchdowns in back-to-back seasons in 2011 and 2012.
1. Tom Brady – 638 (and counting)
Tom Brady is currently playing in his 23rd season in the NFL and third season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – he was a sixth round draft pick of the Patriots in 2000, where he spent the next two decades. In 330 games played, Brady has thrown for 87,852 yards, 640 TDs, and 206 interceptions.
Brady is a 15-time Pro Bowl and three-time All-Pro quarterback with a 249-79-0 record as a starter. His seven Super Bowl championships is more than any other player, coach, and/or franchise. He was named MVP three times and Super Bowl MVP five times and will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer when he retires.
Russell Wilson Won’t Be the Last QB to Throw 300 Touchdowns
Russell Wilson is now the fifth active NFL quarterback to throw for 300 passing touchdowns in their career, but he certainly won’t be the last. Especially with the way the game is played these days, we’re going to see a lot of QBs reach that mark in the near future – and they’ll do it quicker than ever before.
The four closest quarterbacks currently are Kirk Cousins (241 TDs), Andy Dalton (240 TDs), Derek Carr (213 TDs), and Ryan Tannehill (210 TDs). Dalton and Tannehill are unlikely to reach it, but Cousins and Carr have a real shot. Patrick Mahomes, who is just 27 years old, is already at 181 passing TDs.
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Other quarterbacks to keep an eye on include Dak Prescott (156), Jared Goff (145), Josh Allen (128), Deshaun Watson (104), Lamar Jackson (101), Justin Herbert (89), Kyler Murray (84), and Joe Burrow (72). Any of these quarterbacks – and perhaps all of them – should one day reach that 300 mark.
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