The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the NFL’s most successful franchises. Their six Super Bowl Championships are the most of any team in the league. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ all-time passing yards leaders include the two quarterbacks who led the team to all of their championship success, Terry Bradshaw and Ben Roethlisberger.
5. Bubby Brister: 10,104 yards
Bubby Brister started 57 games for Pittsburgh from 1986 to 1992 and he ranks fifth among the Steelers’ all-time passing yards leaders. Brister became just the second Steelers’ QB to reach the 10,000 yard threshold. He had his career year in 1990 with 2,725 yards in the air and 20 touchdowns.
4. Neil O’Donnell: 12,867 yards
One-time Pro Bowl quarterback Neil O’Donnell sits fourth on the list of Pittsburgh Steelers’ all-time passing yards leaders. O’Donnell started for the Steelers for the first half of the 1990s. He averaged 195.0 passing yards per game and never threw more than nine interceptions in any season. In 1992, Steward earned his first Pro Bowl selection and he followed it with a career-high 3,208 passing yards in 1993. He retired with 21,690 yards, 120 touchdown throws, and a QB rating of 81.8.
3. Kordell Stewart: 13,328 yards
Former top scrambling quarterback Kordell Stewart left Pittsburgh as one of the Steelers’ all-time passing yards leaders. Stewart was drafted by the Steelers in 1995 and he became the starter in 1997. He posted two 3,000 passing yard seasons with 70 touchdown throws in Pittsburgh. Stewart ran for 2,874 yards and scored 38 touchdowns on the ground, the second highest total among quarterbacks in NFL history. He even made five touchdowns catches with a total of 41 receptions in his career.
2. Ben Roethlisberger: 20,881 yards*
Current Pro Bowl quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is up to second on the list of Pittsburgh Steelers’ all-time passing yards leaders. As Pittsburgh’s first round pick in 2004, Roethlisberger quickly assumed the starting role and led the Steelers to a perfect 13-0 win-loss record as a rookie. He followed that performance by taking the Steelers to Super Bowl XL where they won their first championship since the 1970s. Knowing nothing but success, he helped Pittsburgh win a second Super Bowl in 2008. Roethlisberger set the Steelers’ single-season passing yards record with 4,328 in 2009. Seven seasons into his career, he is averaging 224.5 yards per game with 139 touchdown passes; his career QB rating of 92.5 ranks eighth in NFL history.
1. Terry Bradshaw: 27,989 yards
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ all-time passing yards leader is Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw. From 1970 to 1983, Bradshaw led the Steelers to a win-loss record of 107-51 in his starts. His Steelers won four Super Bowl Championships and he took home a pair of Super Bowl MVP trophies. Bradshaw won the 1978 NFL MVP Award as he led the NFL with 28 touchdowns and added 2,915 yards in the air. He is the Steelers’ career leader with 212 passing touchdowns and he is in their top five rushing touchdown leaders with another 32 scores on the ground. Bradshaw posted the first two 3,000 yard seasons in Steelers’ history including a career-high 3,724 passing yards in 1979.
*Indicates player is still active with the team
Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Career Register. Pro-Football-Reference.com