Brodie 31,548 after 201 games, age 38, for the 49ers of my childhood, before Joe Reed, Steve Spurrier, Steve DeBerg, Joe Montana, Steve Young.
Russell Wilson for Seattle Seahawks is about 320 short of that, for 45th all time, but is only 32 years old.
The all time leaders of my youth were YA Tittle, Sonny Jorgensen, Jim Hart, John Unitas, Fran Tarkenton, Bart Starr. The 40 best passers are all people I’ve seen from rookie days to grizzled vet. Knew the names but never saw, Norm Van Brocklin, Slingin’ Sammy Baugh.
out of the 200 Lamar McHan, Ed Brown and George Ratterman are the only ones I’d never heard of. Brown of USF, Ratterman of Notre Dame and McHan of Arkansas.
edit to add, two weeks later: whoomp there it is — which the computer wants to say “whom” — also I am reminded of my friend Jim Yardley of the New York Times who busted his novice under me so to speak – think John Brodie and Jim Otto – at The Gunn High School Oracle — and Yardley actually claims he sacked Jim Harbaugh in football — because a town near Greensboro, NC Jim’s hometown arrested eight Black Lives Matter activists. So, Black quarterbacks are climbing the NFL yardage chart — my count is 10 of the top 45 — here we see a cluster of Williams, Cam Newton , Steve McNair and Randall Cunningham — but regular folk are getting disparate treatment.
ok its Graham, NC and Alamance County near Greensboro and six of the top 50 passers in NFL history are black in terms of their James Barretts yo or thereabouts close enough for plastic alto. Yardley played high school football that one year with Chris Strausser now the line coach of the Colts tho I don’t think they know each other or that fact.
edit to add, two weeks or ten minutes later depending: I totally missed my nut graph opportunity: the reason I am fixated on Russell Wilson is because a Dartmouth ’70 pointed Michael Havern out that men of his generation who had seen Harrison Wilson (I think they call him “HB”) play had been watching Russell Wilson since college or earlier. The senior Wilson was a receiver who almost made the Chargers of the NFL and in fact had a touchdown versus the Niners in preseason. There are four brothers Wilson who went to Dartmouth, the grandfather of the QB was a college president; but sadly, besides the fact that HB Wilson died young, now Rich Wilson who I am recalling from my Philosophy of the Media seminar is also now departed. But Dartmouth people are down with Russell Wilson, which takes the pepper spray like sting out of my eyes after yesterday’s game, Niners lost to Hawks. (And yes, 10 of the first 50 readers here are saying “On Plastic Alto every paragraph is a ‘nut graph'” in the sense of is Weiss the first guy who played flag football and still got his bell or bean rung enough for CTE…)