The New Orleans Saints’ all-time passing yards leaders include their two most recent starting quarterbacks. Since 2000, Drew Brees and Aaron Brooks have combined for more than 40,000 passing yards and 250 touchdown throws.
5. Jim Everett: 10,622 yards
Jim Everett spent his last three years as a starter with New Orleans to become one of the Saints’ all-time passing yards leaders. After eight seasons with the Rams, Everett took the helm with the Saints in 1994 en route to playing some of his best football. The one-time Pro Bowler set the Saints’ single-season passing yards record in 1994 with 3,855; he immediately broke that record with 3.970 yards in 1995, though he has since been passed by Drew Brees. In 47 starts for the Saints, Everett averaged 226.0 yards per game with 60 touchdowns in the air and a QB rating of 81.1.
4. Bobby Hebert: 14,630 yards
Ranking fourth on the New Orleans Saints’ all-time passing yards leaders list is Pro Bowl quarterback Bobby Hebert. From 1985 to 1992, Hebert made 75 starts for the Saints with 187.6 passing yards per game and 85 touchdowns. He led the charge to double-digit wins three times while twice eclipsing the 3,000 yard plateau. After four more seasons with the Falcons, Hebert topped 20,000 yards for his career.
3. Aaron Brooks: 19,156 yards
New Orleans’s starter for the first half of the 2000s, Aaron Brooks ranks third among the Saints’ all-time passing yards leaders. Brooks had four straight 3,000 yard seasons from 2001 to 2004, topping out with 3,832 passing yards in 2001. With 82 starts in New Orleans, he averaged 225.4 yards per game. His 120 touchdown throws are good for the second highest total in Saints’ history.
2. Drew Brees: 21,267 yards*
Ranking second on the list of New Orleans Saints’ all-time passing yards leaders is the latest Super Bowl MVP, Drew Brees. Brees joined the Saints in 2006 and he led the NFL in passing yards in two of his first three years with the team. In 2008, he became just the second player in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards in a single season, falling just 15 yards short of Dan Marino’s record. Brees followed that performance by leading the Saints to victory in Super Bowl XLIV in the 2009 campaign. Through 73 starts for New Orleans, he is averaging 291.3 yards per game and his career total is up to 33,615 which places him 20th and climbing on the NFL’s career leader board.
1. Archie Manning: 21,734 yards
The New Orleans Saints’ all-time passing yards leader is two-time Pro Bowl quarterback Archie Manning. The father of current quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning, Archie Manning was the Saints’ QB in the 1970s. He posted three 3,000 passing yard seasons with a career best of 3,716 in 1980. Manning left New Orleans as the team’s all-time leader in touchdown passes with 115, though he has since been surpassed by Drew Brees and Aaron Brooks.
*Indicates player is still active with the team