The most recent player to lead the league in interceptions was Xavien Howard of the 2020 Miami Dolphins, who had ten for the season. Last year, Vernon Hargreaves III of the Pittsburgh Steelers had eleven interceptions, while Marshon Lattimore of the New Orleans Saints and Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks each had ten interceptions.
In 2017, Prince Charles Edward Johnson of the Baltimore Ravens had nine interceptions, while Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills had eight interceptions. Deion Sanders of the Atlanta Falcons and Johnathan Joseph of the Houston Texans each had seven interceptions.
In 2016, Morris Claiborne of the Dallas Cowboys led the league with nine interceptions, while Chris Harris Jr. of the Denver Broncos and Malcolm Butler of the Patriots each had eight interceptions.
In 2015, Stephon Gilmore of the Los Angeles Rams led the league with nine interceptions, while Josh Norman of the Washington Redskins and Eric Weddle of the San Diego Chargers each had eight interceptions.
In 2014, Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals led the league with nine interceptions, while Charles Woodson of the Green Bay Packers and Wesley Woodyard of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers each had eight interceptions.
Everson Walls recorded 11 interceptions in 1981, the last time a defensive player has more than 10 interceptions. If, and this is a huge if, a guy went on a tear and had 10 interceptions in a season, rival teams would do all they could to avoid him.
Favre concluded his career with 336 interceptions, making him the only quarterback in history to surpass 280. George Blanda is second with 277, while the closest active players are Drew Brees and Eli Manning, both with 228. It'd take at least seven or eight years for either player to match Favre's interception totals.
DB: Ronnie Lott was the first San Francisco 49er to conclude his career with more than 50 interceptions, with 51. In addition, he established an NFL record for most career postseason interceptions. Lott was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, in 2000.
RB: Frank Gore is the only player who has started every game for the San Francisco 49ers during their Super Bowl era. He also holds the team record for most rushing attempts in a season with 511 in 2009. The last player to compete in more than four seasons with the franchise was Joe Montana, who played from 1979 to 1992. The longest-tenured player in team history is Alex Smith, who signed with the club in 2010 after five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. He's the second quarterback behind Jim Harbaugh to start every game for the 49ers during their Super Bowl era.
WR: Jerry Rice is the all-time leader in almost every major receiving statistic for the San Francisco 49ers. He's still ranked third in career yards per catch (17.91) and fourth in total receptions (247).
Marino, Dan The Miami Dolphins are fantastic. Between 1983 and 1999, Dan Marino threw 252 interceptions for the aqua and orange. That's one every 51.92 throws.
The all-time leader in interceptions is Ron Smith with 212. He did it for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1978 to 1987.
Smith was a free agent when the Miami Dolphins signed him away from the Bucs. In three years with the Dolphins, he intercepted 26 times. Twenty-two of those picks were returned for touchdowns. That's more than one every two games he played.
There are only nine players with 200 or more interceptions. They are: Rod Woodson, Brian Russell, Reggie White, Darrell Green, Richard Sherman, Antoine Winfield, Charles Woodson, and Sean Taylor. Of these nine players, six are Hall of Famers and three will be voted in this year. That's pretty good company to be in!
Woodson and Russell had over 200 interceptions each. They are both members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. White, Green, Sherman, Winfield, and Taylor all have at least ten interceptions each. They are all considered top defensive players so that's impressive company to be in!
For the record, Tyrod Taylor had three interceptions in nine games as the Bills' starter this season—254 throws as of Sunday—before being benched. In case you're wondering, the most interceptions a quarterback has thrown in a game is eight. In 1950, Jim Hardy of the Chicago Cardinals held that questionable record. He threw eight interceptions against his old team, the Buffalo Bills, who were playing their first season in the NFL. The last time someone threw seven interceptions in a game was 1995 when Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had that many against him.
Interception rates are rising across the NFL, but especially among quarterbacks. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the average number of passes intercepted per game by starting quarterbacks has increased from 7.6 in 2007 to 9.4 this season. Tyrod Taylor's interception rate of 3.7 percent is by far the lowest it has ever been since he became a full-time starter in 2011.
Bills coach Rex Ryan said after Monday's game that he pulled Taylor because he was trying to force passes into tight windows against the Seahawks' man coverage. That explanation makes sense given that none of Taylor's interceptions came during his time under center. He was replaced by rookie Nathan Peterman.
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Most interceptions in a season: Al Brenner (15 in 1972), Les Brown (WPG) 14 in 1990, and Roy Bennett (WPG) 13 in 2001. (1987). Most interceptions in a single season: Bill McFarlane is a first-year player. Dale West Sask 10 (1963), Harry Skipper (1954), Tor 10 (1954), Dale West Sask 10 (1954), Harry Skipper (1954), Dale West Sask 10 (1954), Dale West Sask 10 (1954), Dale West Sask 10 (1954), Dale West Sask 10 (1954), Dale West Sask 10 (1954), Dale West Sask Mon 10 (1998), Steve Muhammed BC 10 (1983). Game with the Most Interceptions: Unofficial-Joe Zelikovitz 7* (October 15, 1938, Ham at Ott) vs Official-Dick Shatto 6 (September 23, 1939, Cdn at B.C.). * According to some sources, this game was ended early because of darkness so it isn't officially recognized.
Interception statistics are not released after 1950. In 1952, however, Montreal Alouettes' end Don Liddle had 12 passes thrown his way and returned them all for touchdowns. The next highest total was Paul Monroe's 8 for Calgary Stampeders in 1953.
In 1954, there were ten games with at least one interception. That year, Saskatchewan's Dale West had 30 interceptions, which still stands as a franchise record. West also returned two for touchdowns that season. The most recent player to come close was William Powell who had 29 interceptions in 1998. He also returned two of those picks for touchdowns.
The list of greatest CFL players includes several great defensive backs: Dave Logan, Ron Henry, Jeff Siu, Ed Farris, and Andre Debuysser.
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When it comes to eight interceptions in a single game, though, only one player stands out. If you're curious, the NFL single-game record for interceptions is eight. That accolade belongs to Jim Hardy of the 1950 Chicago Cardinals.
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