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Trivia of the Day – Sunday, July 1st

The first 3,000 yard passer, the first 4,000 yard passer, and some baseball player.

Green Bay’s Arnie Herber (1936) and Cecil Isbell (1942) were the first players to ever throw for 1,000 and 2,000 yards in a season, respectively. In 1960, Johnny Unitas became the first quarterback to throw for 3,000 yards in a season. That same year, Frank Tripucka and Jack Kemp each topped the 3,000 yard mark in the 14-game AFL season (the NFL switched from 12 to 14 games the next year). In 1967, Joe Namath threw for 4,000 yards for the Jets in the AFL. Do you know who was the first quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in the NFL?

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  • Shattenjager

    This is the first time I’ve gotten one without the hints so far.

  • Wintermute

    I really miss the old days of the PFR blog; this blog brings back some of that old style of rock and roll. Keep up the good work Chase.

  • Tim Truemper

    Like Shattenjager, this was the first I got without hints. So notable that Fouts set three consecutive yardage records with SD. Amazing accomplishment.

  • Archer

    Correction: Benny Friedman was the first ever to throw for 1,000 (in his 1927 rookie season with the Cleveland Bulldogs) and 2,000 yards in a season (his 1929 record setting season with the Giants).

    Overall, in his 3 seasons with the Giants (1929-31), his stats were the following:
    197-348 (56.6%) for 3652 yards (10.5 Y/A), 36 TD, 23 Int (couldn’t find the exact season to season split, unfortunately). Now add 10 rushing TDs (a year before, in 1928, he became the only player to date to lead the league in both passing and rushing yards).
    These are great numbers even today, and in fact they’re by far the best for any Giants QB to this day.
    For his era, it’s beyond jaw-dropping.

    P.S. also got the answer with no hints. I wonder when will we see someone top 6000 yards in a season 🙂

    • Elijah Wilson

      Where did you get this information? I can’t seem to find any reference to it anywhere online.

  • Elijah Wilson

    Correction: Frank Tripucka was actually the first quarterback ever to throw for 3,000+ yards in a season. While Johnny Unitas may have done it in fewer games than Tripucka did, he hit 3,099 yards on December 18, 1960. Whereas Tripucka hit 3,038 one day earlier on December 17, 1960. Thus making Tripucka the first quarterback to 3,000+ yards in a season. I guess it helped that his number one receiver led the AFL for each of the first six years of it’s existence!