The San Francisco 49ers’ all-time passing yards leaders include four quarterbacks who racked up more than 30,000 yards each. Three of them are in the Football Hall of Fame and they are led by NFL legend Joe Montana.
5. Y.A. Tittle: 16,016 yards
San Francisco’s Hall of Fame quarterback of the 1950s, Y.A. Tittle remains one of the San Francisco 49ers’ all-time passing yards leaders. Tittle had a brilliant 17-year career with totals of 33,070 passing yards, 242 touchdown passes, and an additional 39 rushing touchdowns. When he retired in 1964, he was the NFL’s all-time passing yards leader. Tittle had nine seasons north of 2,000 yards and a pair of 3,000 yard campaigns. After his years in San Francisco, he won the 1963 NFL MVP Award.
4. Jeff Garcia: 16,408 yards
Recent four-time Pro Bowler Jeff Garcia reached fourth on the list of San Francisco 49ers’ all-time passing yards leaders. After going undrafted, Garcia broke into the NFL with the 49ers in 1999 and quickly became their starter. In 74 games, he averaged 221.7 passing yards, racked up 113 touchdown throws, and led the Niners to their last two playoff appearances in 2001 and 2002. Garcia owns the 49ers’ single-season passing yards record with 4,278 in 2000.
3. Steve Young: 29,907 yards
Hall of Fame lefty Steve Young ranks third on the San Francisco 49ers’ all-time passing yards leaders list. Young is a two-time NFL MVP who led the Niners to victory in Super Bowl XXIX for their latest NFL Championship. He succeeded Joe Montana as the starting quarterback in 1991 and didn’t disappoint, earning six straight Pro Bowl selections and a trio of All-Pro honors. Young posted six 3,000 yard seasons and two 4,000 yard years with remarkable efficiency, leading the NFL in completion percentage and QB rating five times each. His career 96.8 QB rating is the second best in NFL history.
2. John Brodie: 31,548 yards
Former NFL MVP John Brodie sits second among the San Francisco 49ers all-time passing yards leaders. Brodie spent his entire 17-year career with the 49ers from 1957 to 1973. While his teams experienced mixed results, Brodie was a consistent and reliable presence for the Niners. He was the NFL’s leader in passing yards three times, touchdowns twice, completion percentage twice, and passer rating once. The two-time Pro Bowl QB had his career year in 1965 with NFL leading marks of 3,112 passing yards and 30 touchdowns.
1. Joe Montana: 35,124 yards
The San Francisco 49ers’ all-time passing yards leader is Hall of Famer Joe Montana. One of the most successful players in NFL history, Montana led the 49ers to four Super Bowl Championships in the 1980s and he was named MVP of three of them. The eight-time Pro Bowl quarterback won two NFL MVP Awards and also holds the Niners’ passing touchdowns record with 244. Montana remains in the NFL’s all-time top ten in passing yards with 40,551, touchdown throws with 273, and QB rating at 92.3.
San Francisco 49ers Passing Career Register. Pro-Football-Reference.com