The Denver Broncos’ all-time passing yards leaders are topped by one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, John Elway. The Hall of Famer has more than four-times the number of yards tallied by his nearest follower on the Broncos’ leader board.
5. Jay Cutler: 9,024 yards
Current Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler ranks fifth among the Denver Broncos’ all-time passing yards leaders. Cutler was Denver’s first round pick in 2006 and he started 37 games through the 2008 season. In 2008, he set the Broncos’ single-season passing yards record with 4,526 to earn a spot in his first Pro Bowl. Through a 61 career games, he is up to 14,598 passing yards with 93 touchdowns and a passer rating of 84.1.
4. Jake Plummer: 11,631 yards
Former starting quarterback Jake Plummer finished his career in Denver to become one of the Broncos’ all-time passing yards leaders. Plummer spent the last four years of his ten-year NFL career in Denver, averaging 197.1 yards per game with the team. He posted his career-high of 4,089 yards with the Broncos in 2004 and earned his first and only Pro Bowl appearance in 2005. Plummer is also one of the top five passers in Arizona Cardinals’ history.
3. Brian Griese: 11,763 yards
One-time Pro Bowler Brian Griese spent his best seasons in Denver and ranks third on the Denver Broncos’ all-time passing yards leaders list. Griese averaged 221.9 passing yards per game in Denver with two seasons north of 3,000 yards. In 2000, he led the NFL with a 102.9 passer rating as he threw 19 touchdowns with only four interceptions in ten starts. Brian Griese’s father Bob Griese was a Hall of Fame quarterback with the Miami Dolphins.
2. Craig Morton: 11,895 yards
Longtime NFL quarterback Craig Morton ranks second among the Denver Broncos’ all-time passing yards leaders. Morton spent 18 seasons in the NFL and threw for more than 10,000 yards with both the Broncos and the Cowboys. From 1977 to 1982, he spent his last six years in Denver, starting 64 games and winning 41 of them. Morton set a career-high with 3,195 passing yards in 1981, his last full season as a starter. He retired with totals of 27,908 passing yards and 183 touchdowns.
1. John Elway: 51,475 yards
The Denver Broncos’ all-time passing yards leader is Hall of Fame legend John Elway. Elway is one of only four players to throw for more than 50,000 yards in NFL history. He is also fifth in league history with 300 passing touchdowns, easily making him the Broncos’ career leader in the category. From 1983 to 1998, Elway topped the 3,000 yard mark 12 times, topping out with 4,030 yards in 1993 to lead the NFL. Elway was the winner of the 1987 NFL MVP Award and he led the Broncos to consecutive Super Bowl Championships in 1997 and 1998.
Denver Broncos Passing Career Register. Pro-Football-Reference.com