Aaron Rodgers Makes History with 50,000-Yard Milestone

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - DECEMBER 06: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks to pass during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field on December 06, 2020 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Eagles 30-16. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers became just the 11th quarterback in NFL history to throw for 50,000 career passing yards. On Nov. 29 against Chicago, Rodgers hit tight end Robert Tonyan from 39 yards out for his fourth touchdown pass of the game. With the completion, Rodgers eclipsed 50,000 yards passing in his career.

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Passing 50,000 yards took Rodgers just 6,436 attempts. The only quarterback to surpass 50,000 career yards quicker was Ben Roethlisberger, who needed 6,361 attempts.

At 37 years old, Rodgers ranks No. 11 in NFL career passing yards with 50,341. He is within striking distance of John Elway’s 51,475 yards.

Rodgers entered the league in 2005 but didn’t get a starting role with the Packers until 2008. The veteran hasn’t slowed down late in his career and is arguably having one of the better seasons. Through 12 games in 2020, Rodgers is completing 68.9 percent of his passes, has thrown for 3,395 yards with 36 touchdowns to four interceptions, and has a quarterback rating of 118.5, the second-highest of his career.

Of the Top 10 career leaders in passing yards, five are still playing: Matt Ryan, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees.

Brees holds the No. 1 spot at 79,612 passing yards, while Brady is No. 2 with 77,871.

NFL Passing Yards Career Leaders

*Bolded names indicate active players

1. Drew Brees – 79,612

2. Tom Brady – 77,871

3. Peyton Manning – 71,940

4. Brett Favre – 71,838

5. Philip Rivers – 62,534

6. Dan Marino – 61,361

7. Ben Roethlisberger – 59,650

8. Eli Manning – 57,023

9. Matt Ryan – 54,622

10. John Elway – 51,475

11. Aaron Rodgers – 50,341

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Sam Herder is a writer for BetMGM and HERO Sports. A North Dakota State journalism grad, he spent several years in the print media industry before writing for online outlets. Sam has covered sports at all levels — high school, college, and professional — since 2011.