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NFL: Top 20 Quarterbacks with the Most Interceptions Thrown in a Single Season

NFL ONLY

QUARTERBACK INT SEASON TEAM
1. Vinny Testaverde 35 1988 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2. Fran Tarkenton 32 1978 Minnesota Vikings
3. Sid Luckman 31 1947 Chicago Bears
4. Ken Stabler 30 1978 Oakland Raiders
4. Richard Todd 30 1980 New York Jets
4. Jim Hart 30 1967 St. Louis Cardinals
7. Lynn Dickey 29 1983 Green Bay Packers
7. Brett Favre 29 2005 Green Bay Packers
9. Joe Namath 28 1975 New York Jets
9. Y.A. Tittle 28 1955 San Francisco 49ers
9. Ken Stabler 28 1980 Houston Oilers
9. Peyton Manning 28 1998 Indianapolis Colts
13. Eli Manning 27 2013 New York Giants
13. Jim Zorn 27 1976 Seattle Seahawks
13. Norm Snead 27 1963 Washington Redskins
13. Bud Schwenk 27 1942 Chicago Cardinals
13. Drew Bledsoe 27 1994 New England Patriots
18. Jay Cutler 26 2009 Chicago Bears
18. Brian Sipe 26 1979 Cleveland Browns
18. Dennis Shaw 26 1971 Buffalo Bills
18. Jim Finks 26 1955 Pittsburgh Steelers
18. Warren Moon 26 1986 Houston Oilers
18. Richard Todd 26 1983 New York Jets
18. Tommy Kramer 26 1985 Minnesota Vikings
18. Sonny Jurgensen 26 1962 Philadelphia Eagles
18. John Hadl 26 1972 San Diego Chargers

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NFL AND AFL

QUARTERBACK INT SEASON TEAM AFL?
1. George Blanda 42 1962 Houston Oilers AFL
2. Vinny Testaverde 35 1988 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
3. Frank Tripucka 34 1960 Denver Broncos AFL
4. John Hadl 32 1968 San Diego Chargers AFL
4. Fran Tarkenton 32 1978 Minnesota Vikings
6. Sid Luckman 31 1947 Chicago Bears
7. Ken Stabler 30 1978 Oakland Raiders
7. George Blanda 30 1965 Houston Oilers AFL
7. Richard Todd 30 1980 New York Jets
7. Jim Hart 30 1967 St. Louis Cardinals
7. Al Dorow 30 1961 New York Titans AFL
12. Lynn Dickey 29 1983 Green Bay Packers
12. Brett Favre 29 2005 Green Bay Packers
14. Joe Namath 28 1975 New York Jets
14. Y.A. Tittle 28 1955 San Francisco 49ers
14. Ken Stabler 28 1980 Houston Oilers
14. Joe Namath 28 1967 New York Jets AFL
14. Peyton Manning 28 1998 Indianapolis Colts
19. Eli Manning 27 2013 New York Giants
19. Jim Zorn 27 1976 Seattle Seahawks
19. Joe Namath 27 1966 New York Jets AFL
19. Norm Snead 27 1963 Washington Redskins
19. Bud Schwenk 27 1942 Chicago Cardinals
19. Drew Bledsoe 27 1994 New England Patriots
19. Babe Parilli 27 1964 Boston Patriots AFL
19. George Blanda 27 1964 Houston Oilers AFL

NFL: Most Interceptions Thrown in the Past 5 Years, Since 2000 and Since the Merger (1970)

Eli Manning and the New York Giants are 0-6. Egad, man.

Manning threw another three interceptions last night, padding his lead over every NFL quarterback of the past five seasons.

By the way, Peyton Manning has thrown a bunch of interceptions himself. Find out where the Manning brothers rank in the past 5 seasons, since 2000 and since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger…

MOST INTERCEPTIONS, PAST 5 SEASONS

  QUARTERBACK INT FROM TO
Eli Manning  95  2008  2013 
Drew Brees  87  2008  2013 
Jay Cutler  87  2008  2013 
Carson Palmer  76  2008  2013 
Ryan Fitzpatrick  75  2008  2013 
Philip Rivers  73  2008  2013 
Mark Sanchez  69  2009  2013 
Josh Freeman  66  2009  2013 
Joe Flacco  64  2008  2013 
10  Matt Schaub  64  2008  2013 
11  Matt Hasselbeck  63  2008  2013 
12  Matt Ryan  63  2008  2013 
13  Tony Romo  61  2008  2013 
14  Ben Roethlisberger  59  2008  2013 
15  Peyton Manning  57  2008  2013 
16  Matthew Stafford  57  2009  2013 
17  Matt Cassel  55  2008  2013 
18  Chad Henne  50  2008  2013 
19  Brett Favre  48  2008  2010 
20  Aaron Rodgers  48  2008  2013 

MOST INTERCEPTIONS, SINCE 2000

  QUARTERBACK INT FROM TO
Brett Favre  195  2000  2010 
Drew Brees  169  2001  2013 
Peyton Manning  167  2000  2013 
Eli Manning  159  2004  2013 
Matt Hasselbeck  147  2000  2013 
Jon Kitna  139  2000  2011 
Carson Palmer  139  2004  2013 
Tom Brady  126  2000  2013 
Kerry Collins  121  2000  2011 
10  Kurt Warner  115  2000  2009 
11  Ben Roethlisberger  113  2004  2013 
12  Donovan McNabb  110  2000  2011 
13  Daunte Culpepper  106  2000  2009 
14  Jay Cutler  106  2006  2013 
15  Trent Green  103  2000  2008 
16  Jake Plummer  102  2000  2006 
17  Philip Rivers  98  2004  2013 
18  Jake Delhomme  96  2002  2011 
19  Marc Bulger  93  2002  2009 
20  Tony Romo  93  2004  2013 

MOST INTERCEPTIONS, SINCE 1970

QUARTERBACK INT FROM TO
1 Brett Favre  336 1991 2010
2 Vinny Testaverde  267 1987 2007
3 Dan Marino 252 1983 1999
4 Dan Fouts 242 1973 1987
5 Warren Moon 233 1984 2000
6 John Elway 226 1983 1998
7 Ken Stabler  222 1970 1984
8 Terry Bradshaw 210 1970 1983
9 Peyton Manning  210 1998 2013
10 Joe Ferguson  209 1973 1990
11 Steve Grogan  208 1975 1990
12 Drew Bledsoe  206 1993 2006
13 Dave Krieg  199 1980 1998
14 Jim Plunkett  198 1971 1986
15 Steve DeBerg  194 1978 1998
16 Jim Hart  187 1970 1984
17 Boomer Esiason  184 1984 1997
18 Kerry Collins  181 1995 2011
19 Lynn Dickey  179 1971 1985
20 Jim Everett  175 1986 1997

Every Interception Return for a Touchdown (Pick-Six) in Super Bowl History

Dwight Smith with One of His Two Interceptions Returned for a Touchdown in Super Bowl XXXVII

Dwight Smith with One of His Two Interceptions Returned for a Touchdown in Super Bowl XXXVII

Twelve different players have returned an interception for a touchdown in the Super Bowl. Only one – the Tampa Bay BuccaneersDwight Smith – has two pick-sixes, both in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Smith is joined by teammate Derrick Brooks, who also converted an interception for a TD in the same Super Bowl, making it three pick-sixes for the Bucs in the same big game.

Here’s an odd note: eight of those listed below made their pick in 2000 or later. What does that mean? Are defenses getting better? Do teams have greater defensive intelligence (scouting, tapes, diagrams, etc)? That probably has a little to do with it.

More likely, though, the sport itself has become more and more one of passing, thus increasing interception opportunities.

PLAYER TD TEAM SB SEASON
1. Dwight Smith 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers XXXVII 2002
2. Herb Adderley 1 Green Bay Packers II 1967
3. Derrick Brooks 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers XXXVII 2002
4. Willie Brown 1 Oakland Raiders XI 1976
5. Nick Collins 1 Green Bay Packers XLV 2010
6. James Harrison 1 Pittsburgh Steelers XLIII 2008
7. Kelvin Hayden 1 Indianapolis Colts XLI 2006
8. Ty Law 1 New England Patriots XXXVI 2001
9. Reggie Phillips 1 Chicago Bears XX 1985
10. Tracy Porter 1 New Orleans Saints XLIV 2009
11. Jack Squirek 1 Los Angeles Raiders XVIII 1983
12. Duane Starks 1 Baltimore Ravens XXXV 2000

Thanks to pro-football-reference‘s play index, where I punched in this query.

Photo: tbo.com

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