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    Culpepper Top Ranked for HOF

    CANTON, OHIO -- Thirty-one players who were active during the 2003 National Football League regular season ranked among the game's all-time best in four main statistical categories. Six of the players were new additions to the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Top 20 that charts career leaders in passing, receiving, rushing, and scoring.

    In addition, six of the Top 20 all-time leaders in career combined net yards were active during the season including five who ranked in other Top 20 lists. Four coaches who roamed the sidelines in 2003 rank among the career leaders in coaching victories along with Joe Gibbs, the Hall of Fame coach who was hired as head coach of the Washington Redskins in January 2004.

    Each week during the NFL's 84th season, the Pro Football Hall of Fame updated the Top Twenty career leaders in passing, receiving, rushing and scoring. The statistical lists are published on the Hall of Fame's website where they attract considerable traffic. The 2003 NFL regular season marked the eighth consecutive year that the weekly updates were posted on Profootballhof.com.

    The Hall of Fame’s Top Twenty rankings differ slightly from other similar lists in that statistics from the All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) are included. However, there are only three players who played in the AAFC who currently hold a Top Twenty ranking in any of the four main categories -- Otto Graham (passing), Joe "The Jet" Perry (rushing), and Lou "The Toe" roza (scoring).

    Passing
    Twelve active quarterbacks are ranked in the Hall of Fame's Top 20 including three passers – Steve McNair Daunte Culpepper, and Tom Brady – who joined the list in 2003. McNair, the NFL's co-MVP, entered the rankings in the first week of the season. The Tennessee Titans' quarterback recorded the finest season of his nine-year pro career as he led the NFL in passing by completing 250 of 400 passes for 3,215 yards, 24 touchdowns and 7 interceptions to post a 100.4 rating. In doing so, he climbed to No. 16 all-time with a career rating of 84.076 points. The league's other co-MVP, Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts also registered one of his best seasons as a pro. Manning threw for an NFL-best 4,267 yards as he completed 379 of 566 passes, fired 29 touchdowns and had 10 interceptions for a 99.0 passer rating to jump from 8th to 5th place on the all-time list. Culpepper, in just his fifth season with the Minnesota Vikings, cracked the Top 20 in the eighth week of the 2003 season. He led the NFC in passing with a 96.4 rating and finished the year ranked as the sixth best passer in NFL annals.

    Brady reached the required 1500 career attempts to qualify for the Hall's Top 20 passers in Week 16. In four NFL seasons, Brady has completed 955 of 1,544 passes for 10,233 yards, 69 touchdowns, and 38 interceptions for a rating of 85.9 that places him 11th all time.

    Other active quarterbacks in the Top 20 include: Kurt Warner (No. 1), Jeff Garcia (No. 4), Brett Favre (No. 7), Trent Green (No. 10), Mark Brunell (No. 12), Rich Gannon (No. 13), Brad Johnson (No. 15), and Brian Griese (No. 18).

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    Marvin Harrison of the Indianapolis Colts added 94 catches to his career total in 2003 to climb six spots – from No. 18 to No. 12 - among the NFL's all-time reception leaders. Harrison is one of eight active players who rank in the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Top 20 receivers including two newcomers in 2003 – Keenan McCardell of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Isaac Bruce of the St. Louis Rams.

    McCardell hauled in a team-leading 84 receptions for 1,174 yards and 8 TDs this past season to join the Top 20. In 12 NFL seasons, he has accumulated 724 receptions which puts him at No. 16 of all-time.

    Bruce, in his 10th season, added 69 grabs to his career résumé and now ranks 20th all-time with 688 receptions for 10,461 yards.

    Tight end Shannon Sharpe of the Denver Broncos registered 62 catches for 770 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2003 as he jumped two spots to No. 9 all-time.

    Firmly entrenched atop the list of Top 20 receivers is Jerry Rice of the Oakland Raiders. Rice, in his 19th NFL season, led the Raiders in receiving during 2003 with 63 receptions for 869 yards and 2 TDs.

    Three other active players – Rice's teammate Tim Brown (No. 3), New England Patriots running back Larrt Centers (No. 7) and Jimmy Smith of the Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 17) – are ranked in the Top 20 receivers of all time.

    Rushing

    Three running backs – Jerome Bettis of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New York Jets' Curtis Martin, and Eddie George of the Tennessee Titans – ran past Hall of Famers on the Top 20 all-time rushing chart during the 2003 NFL season.

    Bettis, who climbed four spots during the season, surpassed the career rushing marks of three Hall of Fame running backs. He cruised by Franco Harris in Week 15, then Marcus Allen one week later and finally past the legendary Jim Brown in the final week of the regular season to claim his spot as the sixth ranked rusher in NFL history.

    Martin advanced four positions among the career leaders. After moving ahead of Ricky Watters and Marshall Faulk, Martin surpassed Hall of Famers O.J. Simpson and John Riggins to reach eleventh place among the rushing elite.

    Despite missing five games early in the season, the St. Louis Rams' Marshall Faulk rushed for 818 yards on 209 carries and scored 10 rushing touchdowns in 2003. His 10-year total now stands at 11,213 yards and 14th on the all-time rushing chart.

    George moved past Hall of Famers Earl Campbell and Joe Perry on the Top 20 to move into 17th place among the career rushing leaders.

    The Pro Football Hall of Fame's Top 20 includes one other active player. The game's all-time rushing leader Emmitt Smith played the 2003 NFL season with the Arizona Cardinals. His 14-season rushing yardage now stands at 17,418 yards.


    Scoring

    Gary Anderson, the game's all-time leading scorer, began the 2003 season out of football. He was signed by the Tennessee Titans before Week 2. He quickly found his groove and recorded the fourth highest season point total of his 22-year career. Anderson kicked 27 field goals and 42 PATs for 123 points. It marked the 14th time of his career he reached the 100-point plateau.

    Another 22-year NFL veteran also reached the 100-point mark in 2003. Morten Andersen of the Kansas City Chiefs scored 106 points to bring his career total to 2,259 points.

    The Pro Football Hall of Fame's Top 20 scorers had one addition to it during 2003. Jason Elam of the Denver Broncos cracked the Top 20 during the fifth week of the season. He finished his 11th NFL season as the 19th ranked scorer of all time after he scored 120 points (27 FGs, 39 PATs) for the Broncos in 2003.

    Matt Stover of the Baltimore Ravens scored 134 points, the second highest season output of his career, to climb to No. 18 on the list.

    Two other active players rank in the Top 20. John Carney of the New Orleans Saints scored 102 points in 2003 to advance four spots to No. 12. Steve Christie of the San Diego Chargers added 81 points in 2003 and now ranks No. 16 all-time.

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    Thats my boy!! I LOVE Daunte! (in a purely fan sorta way--- no fantasies!)

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    Note his QB rating is higher than Favre.

    "triedandtruevikesfan" wrote:
    Thats my boy!! I LOVE Daunte! (in a purely fan sorta way--- no fantasies!)

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    "webmaster" wrote:
    Note his QB rating is higher than Favre.

    "triedandtruevikesfan" wrote:
    Thats my boy!! I LOVE Daunte! (in a purely fan sorta way--- no fantasies!)
    Webby, your comment made me want to compare the two QBs. I looked at the first 5 years they both had in the league. Neither really played in their first year, so I really just had 4 years of playing data to compare. Here are their passer ratings by year in the league:

    Year 2:
    Culpepper (2000) : 98.05
    Favre (1992) : 85.30

    Year 3:
    Culpepper (2001) : 83.28
    Favre (1993) : 72.19

    Year 4:
    Culpepper (2002) : 75.28
    Favre (1994) : 90.73

    Year 5:
    Culpepper (2003) : 96.42
    Favre (1995) : 99.55

    Total of first five years:
    Culpepper : 87.92
    Favre : 86.78

    Culpepper also had 2917 yards on 341 rushing attempts over that period (5.6 average) for 26 rushing touchdowns

    Favre had 797 on 186 (4.3 average) for 7 touchdowns.

    It sort of gives you an idea where Daunte's career might be heading, huh?

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    Thank you josdin00 - I've been trying to tell my Packer buddies for 5 years that Daunte is the better overall QB... Now I have proof!!!!!

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    Its great to see daunte get the respect he deserves.
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    I've said all along Daunte is the best thing you guys have going. If you'd lose the impetuous WR, I would truly fear the Vikings as a Super Bowl contender.
    Have you ever seen a race of turtles, and they all go the wrong way instead of towards the finish line?

    Welcome to the NFC North.

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    Finally people giving cullpepper respect....maybe those idiots who dont know what they are talking about can stop bashing him now.

    Cullpepper Rules :cheers:

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    Culpepper

    Mark my words - I'm sayin' it here and now:

    2004 NFC Player of the year: Culpepper
    2004 NFL MVP: Culpepper

    What do you other Purple-Heads think?
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    ;D
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