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Rain Man
10-31-2006, 03:02 PM
http://profootballhof.com/history/release.jsp?release_id=1267

Interesting stat #1: 15 of the 20 highest-rated QBs of all time are active today. That kind of tells you something about the slanted rules, doesn't it?


Rank Player League Yrs. Att. Comp. Yards TD Int. Rating
1 (1) Steve Young * NFL 15 4,149 2,667 33,124 232 107 96.8
2 (3) PEYTON MANNING NFL 9 4,578 2,932 35,154 259 132 94.3
3 (2) KURT WARNER NFL 9 2,463 1,614 20,130 124 83 93.5
4 (4) Joe Montana * NFL 15 5,391 3,409 40,551 273 139 92.3
5 (6) MARC BULGER NFL 5 1,766 1,142 13,878 83 52 91.1
6 (5) DAUNTE CULPEPPER NFL 8 2,741 1,759 21,091 137 89 90.8
7 (7) TOM BRADY NFL 7 2,780 1,712 19,633 137 70 88.8
8 (8) TRENT GREEN NFL 9 3,344 2,033 25,711 150 93 88.1
9 (10) Otto Graham * AAFC-NFL 10 2,626 1,464 23,584 174 135 86.6
10T (11) Dan Marino * NFL 17 8,358 4,967 61,361 420 252 86.4
10T (9) MATT HASSELBECK NFL 8 2,381 1,445 17,174 106 64 86.4
12 (12) BRETT FAVRE NFL 16 7,873 4,829 55,276 406 260 85.9
13 (13) JEFF GARCIA NFL 8 2,786 1,695 19,076 126 71 85.8
14 (14) DREW BREES NFL 6 2,061 1,287 14,240 91 60 85.5
15 (20) DONOVAN McNABB NFL 8 3,220 1,880 21,745 150 71 85.2
16 (15) BRIAN GRIESE NFL 9 2,326 1,470 16,389 103 78 84.9
17 (16) Rich Gannon NFL 16 4,206 2,533 28,743 180 104 84.7
18T (18) Jim Kelly * NFL 11 4,779 2,874 35,467 237 175 84.4
18T (-) MARK BRUNELL NFL 13 4,540 2,708 31,502 181 105 84.4
20T (19) BRAD JOHNSON NFL 15 4,025 2,492 27,282 159 109 83.8
20T (17) JAKE DELHOMME NFL 6 1,773 1,048 12,890 83 57 83.8


Six of the 20 top receivers (by lifetime catches) are currently active. Again, the rules are too slanted to offenses. Are those six guys really among the best ever? Not a chance.

Rank Player League Yrs. No. Yards Avg. TD
1 (1) Jerry Rice NFL 20 1,549 22,895 14.8 197
2 (2) Cris Carter NFL 16 1,101 13,899 12.6 130
3 (3) Tim Brown NFL 17 1,094 14,934 13.7 100
4 (6) MARVIN HARRISON NFL 11 971 12,884 13.3 113
5 (4) Andre Reed NFL 16 951 13,198 13.9 87
6 (5) Art Monk NFL 16 940 12,721 13.5 68
7 (7) Jimmy Smith NFL 12 862 12,287 14.3 67
8 (8) Irving Fryar NFL 17 851 12,785 15.0 84
9 (10) KEENAN McCARDELL NFL 15 847 10,931 12.9 62
10 (14) ISAAC BRUCE NFL 13 845 12,771 15.1 78
11 (9) Larry Centers NFL 14 827 6,797 8.2 28
12 (15) ROD SMITH NFL 12 821 11,110 13.5 66
13 (11) Steve Largent * NFL 14 819 13,089 16.0 100
14 (12) Shannon Sharpe NFL 14 815 10,060 12.3 62
15 (13) Henry Ellard NFL 16 814 13,777 16.9 65
16 (20) KEYSHAWN JOHNSON NFL 11 781 10,235 13.1 62
17 (16) Marshall Faulk NFL 12 767 6,875 9.0 36
18 (17) James Lofton * NFL 16 764 14,004 18.3 75
19 (-) TERRELL OWENS NFL 11 753 11,017 14.6 106
20T (18T) Charlie Joiner * AFL-NFL 18 750 12,146 16.2 65
20T (18T) Michael Irvin NFL 12 750 11,904 15.9 65


Only 3 current running backs are in the top 20 all-time in career yards. At least, I think it's 3. They show Curtis Martin and Marshall Faulk as being retired. Martin's still playing, right? What about Faulk? Is Faulk gone?

Rank Player League Yrs. Att. Yards Avg. TD
1 (1) Emmitt Smith NFL 15 4,409 18,355 4.2 164
2 (2) Walter Payton * NFL 13 3,838 16,726 4.4 110
3 (3) Barry Sanders * NFL 10 3,062 15,269 5.0 99
4 (4) Curtis Martin NFL 11 3,518 14,101 4.0 90
5 (5) Jerome Bettis NFL 13 3,479 13,662 3.9 91
6 (6) Eric Dickerson * NFL 11 2,996 13,259 4.4 90
7 (7) Tony Dorsett * NFL 12 2,936 12,739 4.3 77
8 (8) Jim Brown * NFL 9 2,359 12,312 5.2 106
9 (9) Marshall Faulk NFL 12 2,836 12,279 4.3 100
10 (10) Marcus Allen * NFL 16 3,022 12,243 4.1 123
11 (11) Franco Harris * NFL 13 2,949 12,120 4.1 91
12 (12) Thurman Thomas NFL 13 2,877 12,074 4.2 65
13 (13) John Riggins * NFL 14 2,916 11,352 3.9 104
14 (14) O.J. Simpson * AFL-NFL 11 2,404 11,236 4.7 61
15 (17) COREY DILLON NFL 10 2,504 10,762 4.3 73
16 (15) Ricky Watters NFL 10 2,622 10,643 4.1 78
17 (16) Eddie George NFL 9 2,865 10,441 3.6 68
18 (17) O.J. Anderson NFL 14 2,562 10,273 4.0 81
19 (-) EDGERRIN JAMES NFL 8 2,373 9,742 4.1 67
20 (18) Joe Perry * AAFC-NFL 16 1,929 9,723 5.0 71


Five of the all-time top scorers are active today. I never would've guessed that Matt Stover is in the top ten all time, and it'll be interesting to see if Morten can squeeze past Gary into first.


Rank Player League Yrs. TD PAT FG Total
1 (1) Gary Anderson NFL 23 0 820 538 2,434
2 (2) MORTEN ANDERSEN NFL 24 0 809 531 2,402
3 (3) George Blanda * NFL-AFL 26 9 943 335 2,002
4 (4) Norm Johnson NFL 18 0 638 366 1,736
5 (5) Nick Lowery NFL 18 0 562 383 1,711
6 (6) Jan Stenerud * AFL-NFL 19 0 580 373 1,699
7 (7) JOHN CARNEY NFL 19 0 480 403 1,689
8 (9T) MATT STOVER NFL 16 0 469 390 1,639
9 (8) Lou Groza * AAFC-NFL 21 1 810 264 1,608
10 (12) JASON ELAM NFL 14 0 545 352 1,601
11 (9T) Eddie Murray NFL 19 0 538 352 1,594
12 (11) Al Del Greco NFL 17 0 543 347 1,584
13 (13) Steve Christie NFL 15 0 468 336 1,476
14 (14) Pat Leahy NFL 18 0 558 304 1,470
15 (17) JASON HANSON NFL 15 0 454 336 1,462
16 (15) Jim Turner AFL-NFL 16 1 521 304 1,439
17 (16) Matt Bahr NFL 17 0 522 300 1,422
18 (18) Mark Moseley NFL 16 0 482 300 1,382
19 (19) Jim Bakken NFL 17 0 534 282 1,380
20 (20) Fred Cox NFL 15 0 519 282 1,365

cdcox
10-31-2006, 04:57 PM
I noticed similar trends in my ESPN Encyclopedia of Pro Football.

In addition to rule changes, part of the QB rating inflation has to do with today's offenses (such as the West Coast Offense)favoring shorter passes, with higher completion percentages and lower interception rates.

I heard on ESPN last night that Curtis Martin's career is likely over. The HOF website sure responded quickly.

JBucc
10-31-2006, 04:59 PM
I think Faulk is on NFL network is he not?

whoman69
10-31-2006, 06:31 PM
I think Faulk is on NFL network is he not?
Yup, they hired him just as soon as he announced his retirement.