Favre, Tarkenton are historically connected

August, 23, 2009
8/23/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

In case you haven't heard, former Minnesota quarterback Fran Tarkenton isn't thrilled with the team's newest quarterback. Most recently, Tarkenton referred to Brett Favre's arrival as an "absolute circus." (Here's what Tarkenton said this spring. And here's some more.)

From a historical perspective, however, last week's signing means that two of the NFL's best all-time quarterbacks will have spent time on a Vikings roster.

Consider their respective places in the NFL record books below. Tarkenton retired after 18 seasons and 246 games. Favre is entering year No. 18 and has played in 273 games.

Most Career Pass Yards, NFL History
Player Seasons Yards
Brett Favre 18 65,127
Dan Marino 17 61,361
John Elway 16 51,475
Warren Moon 17 49,325
Fran Tarkenton 18 47,003

Most Career TD Passes, NFL History
Player TD Passes
Brett Favre 464
Dan Marino 420
Fran Tarkenton 342
Peyton Manning 306
John Elway 300

Most Career Interceptions, NFL History
Player INTs
Brett Favre 310
George Blanda 277
John Hadl 268
Vinny Testaverde 267
Fran Tarkenton 266

Most Career Wins As Starting QB, NFL History
Player Wins Seasons
Brett Favre 169 1991-Present
John Elway 148 1983-98
Dan Marino 147 1983-99
Fran Tarkenton 125 1961-78

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