Which Quarterbacks Have Thrown The Most Interceptions In NFL History?

Which Quarterbacks Have Thrown The Most Interceptions In NFL History? Photo by Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Top 10 QB Interception Leaders In NFL History

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The interception is probably the worst stat a quarterback can produce, as he’s giving the ball away to the other team. Not every interception is the quarterbacks fault, but when you make this list, that quarterback has made a great deal of mistakes and clearly takes a great deal of risks.

Here are the 10 quarterbacks who have thrown the most interceptions in NFL history.

1. Brett Favre, 336 - Brett Favre was a gunslinger at heart, as the one thing that made him great and allowed him to produce at a high level also hurt him and turned him into the biggest turnover in the game. Favre led the league in interceptions three times and topped 20 interceptions in six different seasons. However, Favre also has the most career pass attempts with 10,169, so that plays a role in this number as well. 

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2. George Blanda, 277 - George Blanda led the league in interceptions four different seasons. From 1962-65, Blanda threw a combined 124 interceptions while completing just 48.6 percent of his passes. That’s awful numbers even for back then. Still, Blanda is a Hall of Famer like five other quarterbacks on this list.

3. John Hadl, 268 - John Hadl had 20-plus interceptions in seven different seasons and led the league twice in interceptions thrown. Hadl has the top-three interception totals per season in San Diego and Los Angeles Chargers history.

4. Vinny Testaverde, 267 - Vinny Testaverde entered the league with turnover issues, as he threw 63 interceptions in his first 1,111 pass attempts. Testaverde led the league in interceptions four times in his career and had double-digit interceptions 12 times. 

5. Fran Tarkenton, 266 - Fran Tarkenton threw 42 interceptions in his first 609 pass attempts and had 15 or more interceptions seven times in his career. Tarkenton is the interception leader in Minnesota Vikings history, and it’s not even close.

6. Norm Snead, 257 - Norm Snead led the league in interceptions four times in his career and had 20 or more interceptions eight times. Snead has thrown the seventh-most interceptions in Washington Redskins history and the second-most interceptions in Philadelphia Eagles history.

7. Johnny Unitas, 253 - Johnny Unitas had three seasons of 24 interceptions and had nine seasons where his interception percentage was at least 5.6 percent. Unitas has head and shoulders thrown the most interceptions in Indianapolis Colts history.

8. Dan Marino, 252 - Dan Marino threw double-digit interceptions in 14 of his 17 seasons, so while he led the league in interceptions just once, the longevity and total interceptions is going to add up. Marino is also fifth in both career pass attempts and career passes completed, so it’s just common sense turnovers are going to happen. Marino is comfortably the Miami Dolphins all-time leader in career interceptions. 

9. Peyton Manning, 251 - Peyton Manning holds the rookie NFL record for most interceptions thrown with 28, which was actually the only time he led the league in picks. Manning threw double-digit interceptions in 16 of his 17 career seasons and is second all-time in interceptions thrown in Colts history.

10 Y.A. Tittle, 248 - Y.A. Tittle led the league in interceptions twice and threw 15 or more interceptions nine times in his career. Y.A. Tittle has thrown the second-most interceptions in San Francisco 49ers history with 134 picks.

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