The San Diego Chargers all-time passing yards leaders include one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. Dan Fouts spent his entire Hall of Fame career in San Diego as one of the first three players to reach 40,000 passing yards.
5. Drew Brees: 12,348 yards
One of the top quarterbacks in the NFL today, Drew Brees ranks fifth on the list of San Diego Chargers’ all-time passing yards leaders. Brees spent his first five seasons in San Diego from 2001 to 2005 as he developed into a Pro Bowl regular. He averaged 209.3 passing yards per game with 80 touchdowns and a passer rating of 84.9 in 58 starts with the Chargers. Since joining the Saints in 2006, he has led the NFL in yards and touchdowns twice each, been named an All-Pro, and won the Super Bowl XLIV MVP. With 33,967 career passing yards and counting, Brees already ranks in the top 20 in NFL history.
4. Stan Humphries: 16,085 yards
San Diego’s starting quarterback of the mid-1990s, Stan Humphries sits fourth among the San Diego Chargers’ all-time passing yards leaders. After two years as a backup in Washington, Humphries joined the Chargers in 1992 and immediately helped them reach the playoffs. He topped the 3,000 yard plateau three times and averaged more than 200 passing yards per game in 76 starts. In 1994, Humphries posted a career-high QB rating of 81.6 with 3,209 yards as the Chargers reached Super Bowl XXIX.
3. Philip Rivers: 18,128 yards
Current starter Philip Rivers has climbed to third on the list of San Diego Chargers all-time passing yards leaders. Since 2006, Rivers has thrown for more than 3,000 yards in every season including a pair of 4,000 yard years. He led the NFL with 34 touchdown passes and a 105.5 QB rating in 2008. Through 74 starts, he owns the highest career QB rating in NFL history at 97.3. Rivers has led the Chargers to the playoffs in each of his first four years as the starter. The two-time Pro Bowler has a lifetime record of 51 wins and 23 losses.
2. John Hadl: 26,938 yards
Six-time Pro Bowler John Hadl remains second on the list of San Diego Chargers’ all-time passing yards leaders. As San Diego’s quarterback of the 1960s, Hadl became the first player in team history to throw more than 10,000 yards. At the time of his retirement, he was the franchise leader in passing yards and his 201 touchdowns were also a team record (both have since been broken). As the backup QB in 1963, Hadl threw for 132 yards and a touchdown as San Diego won the AFL Championship. He led the league in passing yards three times and touchdowns twice. In his 16-year career as a whole, Hadl racked up 33,503 passing yards and 244 TDs in the air; both are good for the NFL’s all-time top 25.
1. Dan Fouts: 43,040 yards
The San Diego Chargers’ all-time passing yards leader is prolific Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts. In his 15-year career with the Chargers, Fouts set every major team passing record. He led the NFL in passing yards four times and threw a career-high 4,802 yards in 1981, good for the Chargers’ single-season record and the fifth highest total in NFL history. The 1982 NFL MVP averaged 237.8 yards per game and posted a 80.2 passer rating for his career. Fouts ranks ninth on the NFL’s career passing yards list and 12th in touchdown throws with 254.
*Indicates player is still active with the team
San Diego Chargers Passing Career Register. Pro-Football-Reference.com