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The NFL is enjoying an era of quarterbacking prowess the likes of which has never before been seen. The top three quarterbacks in career passer ratings have all participated in this season’s playoffs, and one of them will be playing in the upcoming Super Bowl.

NFL PASSER RATING

Since 1973, passer rating has been the official formula used by the NFL to determine its passing leader. The stat is generated from a formula applied to a player’s passing attempts, completions, yards, touchdowns, and interceptions. The resultant number ranges from 0 to 158.3 — the latter being considered a “perfect” game from a passing perspective.

NFL Career Passer Rating Leaders: Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Tom Brady

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the all-time career leader in passer rating, followed by the Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson and New England Patriots’ Tom Brady.

1) AARON RODGERS — 104.1

Rodgers career passer rating of 104.1 makes him the lone quarterback in league history to have a number north of 100. His 2011 rating of 122.5 still holds as the benchmark for a season’s work. In 2009, Rodgers recorded his best single game rating of 155.4, which came in a 31-3 victory over the Cleveland Browns. In that game he racked up 246 yards and 3 touchdowns while completing 75 percent of his passes.

Statistical Overview

0
Games Played
0
Passing TDs
0
Rushing TDs

% Passes Completed

.651

% Wins As Starter

.656

2) RUSSELL WILSON — 99.6

Wilson’s career passer rating (99.6) slipped just under 100 after he posted a 92.6 mark for the 2016 season. In 2015, he had his best season with a 110.1 rating. In 2013, Wilson posted his best single game rating of 151.4 in a 41-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. In that game he tallied 230 yards and 2 touchdowns while completing 72.22 percent of his passes.

2016-17 Season

0
Games Played
0
Passing TDs
0
Rushing TDs

% Passes Completed

.647

% Wins As Starter

.706

3) TOM BRADY — 97.2

Brady’s career passer rating (97.2) inched up after he posted a 112.2 mark for the 2016 season. In 2007, he had his best season with a 117.2 rating while leading the Patriots to a 16-0 record. Brady has twice thrown for perfect passer ratings of 158.3, first in a 49-28 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in 2007, then again in a 45-24 victory over the Detroit Lions during the 2010 season.

2016-17 Season

0
Games Played
0
Passing TDs
0
Rushing TDs

% Passes Completed

.638

% Wins As Starter

.779

NFL CAREER PASSER RATING LEADERS

Aaron Rodgers, 104.1 100%
Russell Wilson, 99.6 95.7%
Tom Brady, 97.2 93.4%
Tony Romo, 97.1 93.3%
Steve Young, 96.8 — 93.0%
Peyton Manning, 96.5 — 92.7%
Drew Brees, 96.3 92.5%
Philip Rivers, 94.7 91.0%
Ben Roethlisberger, 94.1 90.4%
Kurt Warner, 93.7 — 90.0%

Incredibly, seven of the top ten leaders in career passer rating are active players. Brady’s opponent in this year’s AFC Championship Game, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, is No. 9 all-time in passer rating, and his Super Bowl opponent, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, is currently tied at No. 11 with Kirk Cousins.