Washington Commanders Individual, Team And NFL Records

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Welcome to the Washington Individual, Team And NFL Records page, where we celebrate the remarkable achievements and storied history of this iconic franchise. Throughout the years, the team has been home to exceptional players who have forged their name in the record books, leaving a lasting legacy for generations of players to come.

This pages serves as a tribute to the outstanding performances both on an individual and team level, that have shaped the identity of the franchise. These record breaking achievements exemplify the dedication, skill, and unwavering spirit that define the organization.

Wether you’re a die hard fan, a history enthusiast, or simply curious about the remarkable accomplishments of this esteemed franchise, this page provides a comprehensive overview of the team’s most notable records and milestones.

Individual Records

Delve into the exceptional individual performances that have left an indelible mark on the franchise. From record-setting quarterbacks to dominant defenders, these players have etched their names in the record books. These records are broken down into career marks, and single season efforts, as well as single game records.

Career – Passing

All-time Passing Yards Leader: Joe Theismann – 25,206 yards
All-time Passing Touchdowns Leader: Sammy Baugh – 187
All-time Passing Completions: Joe Theismann – 2044
All-time Passing Attempts: Joe Theismann – 3602
All-time Passing Completion Percentage (minimum 1000 attempts): Kirk Cousins – 65.5%
All-time Passer Rating (more than 1000 attempts): Kirk Cousins – 93.7%
All-time Passing Yards Per Attempt (minimum 1000 attempts): Kirk Cousins – 7.73
All-time Times Sacked: Joe Theismann – 340
All-time Intercepted Most: Sammy Baugh – 203

Career – Rushing

All-time Rushing Yards Leader: John Riggins – 7472 yards
All-time Rushing Attempts: John Riggins – 1988
All-time Rushing Touchdowns: John Riggins – 79
All-time Fumbles: Sammy Baugh – 47
All-time Rushing Yards Per Attempt (minimum 1000 carries): Robert Griffin III – 6.2
All-time Rushing Yards Per Game (minimum 1000 carries): Clinton Portis – 81.2

Career – Receiving

All-time Leader Receptions: Art Monk – 888
All-time Leader Receiving Yards: Art Monk – 12,026
All-time Leader Receiving Touchdowns: Charley Taylor – 79
All-time Leader Targets (since 1992): Santana Moss – 1004
All-time Leader Yards Per Reception (minimum 250 catches): Hugh Taylor – 19.2
*All-time Longest Reception: Bobby Mitchell, Andy Farkas, Gerry Allen – 99 yards

Career – Returns

All-time Leader Kick Return Yards: Brian Mitchell – 9586
All-time Leader Kick Return Touchdowns: Brian Mitchell, Ed Saenz, Bobby Mitchell, Andy Farkas – 2
All-time Leader Kick Return Attempts: Brian Mitchell – 421
All-time Leader Yards Per Kick Return (minimum 50 attempts): Andy Farkas – 27.3
All-time Leader Punt Return Yards: Brian Mitchell – 3476
All-time Leader Punt Return Touchdowns: Brian Mitchell  – 7
All-time Leader Punt Return Attempts: Brian Mitchell – 317
All-time Leader Yards Per Punt Return (minimum 50 attempts): Andy Farkas – 12.1
All-time Leader Total Return Yards: Brian Mitchell – 13062

Career – Defense

All-time Leader Sacks Unofficial: Dexter Manley – 97
All-time Leader Sacks Official: Ryan Kerrigan – 95.5
All-time Leader Interceptions: Darrell Green – 54
All-time Leader Interception Return Yards: Brig Owens – 686
All-time Leader Interception Return Touchdowns: Darrell Green – 6
All-time Leader Solo Tackles (since 1994): Darrell Green – 1162
All-time Leader Assist Tackles (since 1994): London Fletcher – 340
All-time Leader Total Tackles (since 1994): Darrell Green – 1202
All-time Leader Tackles For Loss (since 1994): Ryan Kerrigan – 119
All-time Leader Fumble Recoveries: Sammy Baugh – 21
All-time Leader Forced Fumbles: Ryan Kerrigan – 26
All-time Leader Fumble Recovery Touchdowns: DeAngelo Hall, Chris Hanburger, Brad Dusek – 3
All-time Leader Quarterback Hits (since 2006): Ryan Kerrigan – 147

Career – Kicking

All-time Field Goals Made: Mark Moseley – 263
All-time Field Goals Attempts: Mark Moseley – 397
All-time Field Goals Percentage: Dustin Hopkins – 84.0%
All-time Extra Points Made: Mark Moseley – 417
All-time Extra Points Attempts: Mark Moseley – 441
All-time Number of Kickoffs: Dustin Hopkins – 459
All-time Kickoffs Yards: Dustin Hopkins – 28,819
All-time Kickoffs Touchbacks: Dustin Hopkins – 337

Career – Punting

All-time Punts Made: Mike Bragg – 896
All-time Punt Yards: Mike Bragg – 35,746
All-time Punt Net Yards: Tress Way – 2627
All-time Punt Yards Per Punt: Tress Way – 47.0
All-time Punt Net Yards Per Punt: Tress Way – 41.6
All-time Punts Inside 20: Tress Way – 244
All-time Punt Return Yards By Opposition: Tress Way – 2627
All-time Punt Touchbacks: Mike Bragg – 59
All-time Punts Blocked: Sammy Baugh – 9

Career – Scoring

All-time Scoring Leader: Mark Moseley – 1,206 points
All-time Touchdowns Scored: Charley Taylor – 90

Career – Coaching

All-time Most Wins: Joe Gibbs – 154
All-time Most Losses: Joe Gibbs – 94
All-time Winning Percentage (minimum 50 games): Ray Flaherty – .720
All-time Losing percentage (minimum 50 games): Bill McPeak – .313
All-time Most Games: Joe Gibbs – 248
All-time Most Playoff Games: Joe Gibbs – 24
All-time Most Playoff Wins: Joe Gibbs – 17
All-time Most Championship: Joe Gibbs – 3

Single Season – Passing

Single Season Passing Yards Leader: Kirk Cousins – 4,917 yds
Single Season Passing Touchdowns Leader: Sonny Jurgensen – 31
Single Season Passing Completions: Kirk Cousins – 406
Single Season Passing Attempts: Kirk Cousins – 606
Single Season Passing Completion %age (minimum 150 attempts): Sammy Baugh – 70.7%
Single Season Passer Rating (minimum 150 attempts): Kirk Cousins – 97.2%
Single Season Passing Yards Per Attempt (minimum 150 attempts): Sammy Baugh – 9.2
Single Season Times Sacked: Trent Green, Norm Snead – 49
Single Season Intercepted Most: Norm Snead – 27

Single Season – Rushing

Single Season Rushing Yards Leader: Alfred Morris – 1613
Single Season Rushing Attempts: John Riggins – 375
Single Season Rushing Touchdowns: John Riggins – 24
Single Season Fumbles: Sammy Baugh – 15
Single Season Rushing Yards Per Attempt (minimum 100 carries): Robert Griffin III – 6.8
Single Season Rushing Yards Per Game (minimum 100 carries): Larry Brown – 101.3

Single Season – Receiving

Single Season Leader Receptions: Pierre Garcon – 113
Single Season Leader Receiving Yards: Santana Moss – 1,483
Single Season Leader Receiving Touchdowns: Charley Taylor, Ricky Sanders, Jerry Smith, Hugh Taylor – 12
Single Season Leader Targets (since 1992): Pierre Garcon – 181
Single Season Leader Yards Per Reception (minimum 40 catches): Hugh Taylor – 23.4

Single Season – Returns

Single Season Leader Kick Return Yards: Rock Cartwright – 1541
Single Season Leader Kick Return Touchdowns: Ed Saenz – 2
Single Season Leader Kick Return Attempts: Rock Cartwright – 64
Single Season Leader Yards Per Kick Return (minimum 30 attempts): Mike Nelms – 29.7
Single Season Leader Punt Return Yards: Eddie Brown – 646
Single Season Leader Punt Return Touchdowns: Brian Mitchell x 2, Mike Nelms, Johnny Williams, Bert Zagers – 2
Single Season Leader Punt Return Attempts: Eddie Brown – 57
Single Season Leader Yards Per Punt Return (minimum 30 attempts): Brian Mitchell – 14.1

Single Season – Defense

Single Season Leader Sacks Unofficial: Dexter Manley – 18.5
Single Season Leader Interceptions: Dan Sandifer – 13
Single Season Leader Interception Return Yards: Dan Sandifer – 258
Single Season Leader Interception Return Touchdowns: Dan Sandifer, Andre Collins, Vernon Dean, Kendall Fuller, DeAngelo Hall, Pug Rentner, Dale Hackbart – 2
Single Season Leader Solo Tackles (since 1994):
Single Season Leader Assist Tackles (since 1994):
Single Season Leader Total Tackles (since 1994):
Single Season Leader Tackles For Loss (since 1994):
Single Season Leader Fumble Recoveries: Donovan McNabb – 8
Single Season Leader Forced Fumbles:
Single Season Leader Quarterback Hits (since 2006):

Single Season – Kicking

Single Season Field Goals Made: Mark Moseley – 33
Single Season Field Goals Attempts: Mark Moseley – 47
Single Season Field Goals Percentage (minimum 20 attempts): Mark Moseley – 95.2%
Single Season Extra Points Made: Mark Moseley – 62
Single Season Extra Points Attempts: Mark Moseley – 63
Single Season Number of Kickoffs: Chip Lohmiller – 102
Single Season Kickoffs Yards: Chip Lohmiller – 6,359
Single Season Kickoffs Touchbacks: Dustin Hopkins – 65

Single Season – Punting

Single Season Punts Made: Mike Bragg, Tom Tupa – 103
Single Season Punt Yards: Tom Tupa – 4,544
Single Season Punt Net Yards: Matt Turk – 3,366
Single Season Punt Yards Per Punt: Sammy Baugh – 51.4
Single Season Punt Net Yards Per Punt: Tress Way – 44.3
Single Season Punts Inside 20: Tress Way – 41
Single Season Punt Return Yards By Opposition: Tom Tupa – 727
Single Season Punt Touchbacks: Steve Cox – 16
Single Season Punts Blocked: Sammy Baugh, Kelly Goodburn – 3

Single Season – Scoring

Single Season Scoring Leader: Mark Moseley – 161 points
Single Season Touchdowns Scored: John Riggins – 24

Single Season – Coaching

Single Season Most Wins: Joe Gibbs – 14
Single Season Most Losses: Mike Shanahan, Norv Turner – 13
Single Season Best Winning Percentage: Ray Flaherty – .909 (10-1)
Single Season Worst Winning Percentage: Bill McPeak – .077 (1-12-1)

Single Game Records

Single Game Passing Yards Leader: Brad Johnson – 471 yards
Single Game Passing Touchdowns Leader: Sammy Baugh, Mark Rypien – 6
Single Game Most Consecutive Completions: Mark Brunell – 22
Single Game Passing Completion Percentage: Robert Griffin III – 93.3%
Single Game Passing Completions: Kirk Cousins – 41
Single Game Rushing Yards Leader: Gerald Riggs – 221
Single Game Rushing Attempts: Jamie Morris – 45
Single Game Rushing Touchdowns: 18 players tied with 3 – Antonio Gibson was the last
Single Game Fumbles: Patrick Ramsey – 5
Single Game Rushing Yards Per Attempt (more than 100 carries): Robert Griffin III – 6.8
Single Game Rushing Yards Per Game (more than 100 carries): Larry Brown – 101.3
Single Game Leader Receptions: Roy Helu – 14
Single Game Leader Receiving Yards*: Anthony Allen – 255
Single Game Leader Receiving Yards: Gary Clark – 241
Single Game Leader Solo Tackles (since 1994): Jessie Armstead – 17
Single Game Leader Assist Tackles (since 1994): London Fletcher – 12
Single Game Leader Total Tackles (since 1994): London Fletcher – 20

Team Records

Discover the most impressive team achievements, from historic seasons to unforgettable playoff runs, that have defined Washington’s storied history.

All-time Leader Games Played: Darrell Green – 295
All-time Leader Seasons Played: Darrell Green – 20
Most Touchdowns Rookie Season: Alfred Morris – 13
Most Two-Point Conversions: Chris Cooley – 3
Most Consecutive Field Goals: Mark Moseley – 23
Longest Field Goal: Gary Gano – 59 yards
Longest Reception: Bobby Mitchell, Andy Farkas, Gerry Allen – 99 yards
Longest run from scrimmage: Billy Wells – 88 yards (1954)
Longest pass: Sonny Jurgensen – 99 yards
Longest interception return: Barry Wilburn – 100 yards

NFL Records Held By Washington Players

Sammy Baugh

Most seasons leading the league in Passer Rating: Sammy Baugh – 6 (tied with Steve Young)
Most seasons leading the league in lowest interception percentage: Sammy Baugh – 5
Highest yards per attempt, game: Sammy Baugh – 18.58 (446 yards on 24 attempts)
Best single season punting average: Sammy Baugh – 51.4 yards (beaten in 2022)
Most seasons leading the league in punting: Sammy Baugh – 4
Most consecutive seasons leading the league in punting: Sammy Baugh – 4

Brian Mitchell

Most games with 100 all-purpose yards gained, career: Brian Mitchell – 118
Most consecutive seasons with 1500 all-purpose yards gained, career: Brian Mitchell – 9
Most seasons with 2000 all-purpose yards gained, career: Brian Mitchell – 4 (tied with 6 others)
Most punt returns career: Brian Mitchell – 463
Most fair catches career: Brian Mitchell – 231
Most punt return yards gained career: Brian Mitchell – 4,999
Most kickoff returns career: Brian Mitchell – 607
Most kickoff return yards gained career: Brian Mitchell – 14,014
Most combined kick returns career: Brian Mitchell – 1070 (463 punt, 607 kickoff)
Most combined yards returns career: Brian Mitchell – 19,013 (4,999 punt, 14,014 kickoff)

Others

Most seasons on a single team: Darrell Green – 20 (tied with Jackie Slater)
Most consecutive seasons with an interception: Darrell Green – 19
Most points scored in a single game: Washington – 72 (vs Giants 1966)
Most combined points scored in a single game: Washington and NY Giants 113 (1966: 72-41)
Most punt return touchdowns in a game: Santana Moss – 2 (tied with 11 players)
Largest margin of victory: Chicago Bears over the Washington Redskins – 73 (1940 Championship game)
Most touchdown passes in a single quarter of a Super Bowl: Doug Williams – 4
Most passing yards in a single quarter of a Super Bowl: Doug Williams – 228
Most touchdown catches in a single quarter of a Super Bowl: Ricky Sanders – 2 (tied with 6 others)
Most rushing attempts in a Super Bowl: John Riggins – 38
Most combined rushing / passing attempts in a Super Bowl: John Riggins – 39
Most rushing yards in a Super Bowl: Timmy Smith – 204 yards
Most punt returns in a Super Bowl: Mike Nelms – 6
Most points scored in a half in the Super Bowl: 35 – Super Bowl XXII
Most points scored in a quarter in the Super Bowl: 35 – Super Bowl XXII
Largest half-time lead in the Super Bowl: 25 – Super Bowl XXII
Oldest player to have 30 rushing attempts in a game: John Riggins – 36 years, 84 days (1985)
Most rushing touchdowns, away: John Riggins – 16 (1983)
Oldest player to have an interception: Darrell Green – 41 years, 304 days
Oldest player to record first reception: Sonny Jurgensen – 39 years, 66 days
Most rushing touchdowns in a season, home: Terry Allen – 16 (1996)
Most consecutive starts by a linebacker: London Fletcher – 215 (2000-2013)
Most interceptions, career: Paul Krause – 81 (Washington, Minnesota)
Most interceptions returned for a touchdown, season: Ken Houston – 4

 

NFL Firsts By Washington Players

First 100 reception season by an NFL player: Art Monk – 106 (1984)
First player with 100 career touchdown passes: Sammy Baugh
First player with 10000 career touchdown yards: Sammy Baugh
First player with 20000 career touchdown yards: Sammy Baugh
First player with 2000 career pass attempts: Sammy Baugh
First player with 200 career passing interceptions: Sammy Baugh
First 2500 yard passing season – Sammy Baugh – 2938 (1947)
First 6 touchdown passing game – Sammy Baugh (1943)
First 3500 yard passing season – Sonny Jurgensen – 3723 (1961)
First 20 rushing touchdown season: John Riggins – 24 (1983)

Notes:

Please note that all of these records and firsts are unofficial. They include player statistics from the Boston Braves (1932), Boston Redskins (1933-1936), Washington Redskins (1937-2019), Washington Football Team (2020-2021) and Washington Commanders (2022-2023).

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