Can You Name These NFL Quarterbacks Who’ve Thrown 30+ Touchdowns in a Season?

By: J.P. Naomi
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Calling all NFL buffs! If you can rattle off player stats with ease, and drive your friends crazy doing so, then this quiz is for you. Do you ever think you know more than Phil Simms or want to be the next Tony Romo? Then this quiz is for you! We're taking you off the couch and onto the field for this ultimate quarterback quiz! It's time to see just how well you know these quarterbacks who have thrown for more than 30 touchdowns in a single season.

To get started, we'll clue you in on the top of the list - with a staggering 55 touchdowns in one season - Peyton Manning is the man to beat. Now retired, Manning's record will remain unless veterans like Tom Brady, Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers creep up! But if they hang up the ol' pigskin first, it's going to the newest NFL quarterbacks with the most potential - fresh stars such as Patrick Mahomes, Cam Newton, and Jared Goff. With already reaching such impressive milestones early in their careers, we can't help but wonder how high up the list they'll go.

It's time to break out of the huddle and go long. This touchdown pass is coming for you, so be sure to catch it or it won't count towards our list!

Cam Newton was the No. 1 pick of the 2011 NFL draft. He threw 35 touchdowns in 2015 and had a passer rating of 99.4. That same year, he was named NFL Offensive Player of the Year and NFL MVP.

Drew Brees began his NFL career in 2001. Since then, he has finished 10 seasons with 30 or more touchdown passes. His highest number of touchdown passes was in 2011 when he threw 46.

Aaron Rodgers had a passer rating of 122.5 in 2011. But that's not the only NFL record he holds. He also holds the record for consecutive passes without an interception, 402.

Patrick Mahomes found his NFL home with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017. He spent his rookie season as the backup to Alex Smith, but by his second year, he threw for 50 touchdowns and led his team all the way to the AFC championship.

Tom Brady holds the NFL record for best touchdown to interception ratio in a single season, 28:2. He has thrown for more than 30 touchdowns in seven seasons thus far in his career.

Jared Goff has been in the NFL for only three years but he has already thrown for more than 30 touchdowns in a single season. It took veteran Tom Brady eight years to accomplish that feat.

Black Bortles was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2014 NFL draft. In just his second year, he threw for 35 touchdowns and 4,428 yards. He has thrown for more than 17,000 yards and 103 touchdowns in his career.

Russell Wilson is tied with Peyton Manning for the most passing touchdowns (26) by a rookie quarterback. He has since thrown for more than 30 touchdowns three times in his career.

Brett Favre retired with a career total of 71,838 passing yards and an 86 passer rating. He threw 30+ touchdowns in nine of his 20 seasons. His personal record was 39 touchdowns in 1996.

Since his college days, Joe Montana has been known as one of the greatest comeback players of all time. During his 16 years in the NFL, he played for the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, throwing for 30+ touchdowns just once in his career.

Matty Ice is a consistent quarterback who has thrown for more than 4,000 yards in nearly all of his 10 seasons thus far. He threw 38 touchdowns in 2016. That's a Falcons franchise record.

Following a horrific 0-16 season in 2008, the Lions used their No. 1 draft pick to select Matthew Stafford in the 2009 NFL draft. It took a few years, but Stafford helped put the Lions back on the map. In 2011, he threw for 41 touchdowns.

Derek Carr was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft. In his rookie season, he threw for just 21 touchdowns, but by season two, he improved to 32.

Dan Marino played his entire 17-year career as the quarterback for the Miami Dolphins. He retired with a total of 61,361 passing yards and 420 touchdowns. In 1984, he threw for 48 touchdowns.

Carson Palmer was a quarterback in the NFL from 2003 - 2017. He led the NFL in touchdown passes in 2005 with 32 and threw his personal best of 35 touchdown passes 10 years later, in 2015!

Eli Manning was selected as the No. 1 draft pick by the New York Giants in 2004. Thus far in his NFL career, he has thrown 360 touchdowns, including three seasons with more than 30.

Kirk Cousins began his career with the Washington Redskins. In 2018, he signed a fully guaranteed three-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings for $84 million - the highest-paying contract in NFL history.

In 2013, Peyton Manning threw for 55 touchdown passes, which remains the NFL record. He also holds the record for most passing yards in a season with 5,477. It was a great year for Manning, except for losing to the Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

Jim Everett was a quarterback for the Rams, Saints and Chargers from 1986 - 1997. He is the Rams' leader for most touchdown passes in a season. He set this record in 1988 with 31 touchdown passes.

in 2007, Tony Romo set a Dallas Cowboys single-season record by throwing 30 touchdowns. He played 14 seasons with the team before retiring and becoming a television commentator.

Steve Young's first name is actually Jon. Young ended his career with 232 touchdowns and 107 interceptions. He threw for more than 30 touchdown passes in 1994 and 1998.

Daunte Culpepper played in the NFL from 1999 - 2009 with the Vikings, Dolphins, Raiders and Lions. During those 11 seasons, he threw 149 touchdown passes, including 33 in 2000 and 39 in 2004.

Len Dawson was the NFL Man of the Year in 1973. During his 19-year career, he threw 239 touchdown passes, including 30 in 1964 with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

Ryan Fitzpatrick was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2005, but has since played with the Bengals, Bills, Titans, Texans, Jets and now, the Buccaneers. In his 14 seasons thus far, he has thrown 190 touchdown passes, including 31 in 2015.

Andy Dalton's first contract with the Cincinnati Bengals was worth $5.2 million for four years. He has since thrown 188 touchdowns and been selected to the Pro Bowl three times. He threw 33 touchdowns in 2013.

In just the first three seasons of his career, Carson Wentz threw 70 touchdown passes, 33 of which came in 2017. He holds the NFL record for most pass completions by a rookie with 379.

Dave Krieg ended his 19-year career with 261 touchdowns and 38,147 passing yards. He threw 32 touchdowns in 1984 with the Seahawks. He was also selected to the Pro Bowl that year.

In 2014, Andrew Luck threw 40 touchdown passes, making him the NFL's leader in touchdown passes for the year. That same year, he set the Colts' franchise record for most passing yards in a single season, 4,761.

Kurt Warner had three 30+ touchdown pass seasons throughout his 12-year career. He was the first quarterback to throw more than 400 yards in a Super Bowl game. This record now belongs to Tom Brady, of course!

Jeff Garcia went undrafted in 1994 but made his way to the San Francisco 49ers in 1999. Throughout the next 12 seasons, he threw 161 touchdown passes, including 31 in 2000 and 32 in 2001.

Vinny Testaverde was the No. 1 pick of the 1987 NFL draft. Over the course of 21 seasons, he played with eight different teams and threw 275 touchdowns. His best season was in 1996 when he threw for 33 touchdown passes and 4,177 yards.

Did you know that Donovan McNabb's number 5 was also retired by the Syracuse University football team? During his 13 seasons in the NFL, McNabb threw for 234 touchdown passes, including 31 in 2004.

Ben Roethlisberger has been the NFL passing yards leader twice in the past five years. He is also no stranger to throwing more than 30 touchdown passes in a season. He did so in 2007, 2014, and 2018.

Johnny Unitas is remembered as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time - the first, in fact, to set the record for most wins as a starting quarterback. In 1959, he threw 32 touchdown passes. He ​died at the age of 69 on September 11, 2002.

Brian Sipe played with the Cleveland Browns from 1974 - 1983. During that time, he threw 154 touchdowns, 30 of which came in 1980 - the same year he was named the NFL's most valuable player!

Philip Rivers has played his entire career with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers. He has thrown for more than 54,000 yards and 374 touchdowns, including 34 in 2008, 30 in 2010, 32 in 2013, 31 in 2014, 33 in 2016 and 32 in 2018.

Steve Beuerlein played with six different NFL teams from 1987 - 2003. His biggest year came in 1999 with the Carolina Panthers when he threw 36 touchdown passes and 4,436 yards. Not surprisingly, he was the NFL passing yards leader that year.

Scott Mitchell was the 93rd overall pick of the 1990 NFL draft. He played with the Dolphins, Lions, Ravens and Bengals. His career spanned from 1990 - 2001. Mitchell finished his career with 95 touchdowns, including 32 thrown in 1995.​

Randall Cunningham played 16 seasons in the NFL, mostly with the Philadelphia Eagles. He threw a total of 207 touchdown passes in his career, including 30 in 1990 and 34 in 1998. He was inducted into the Eagles' Hall of Fame in 2009.

Despite going undrafted in 1978, Warren Moon went on to have a 23-year career in the NFL. He retired with 21, 228 passing yards and 144 touchdowns, including 33 in both 1990 and 1995. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

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