List of National Football League passing yardage leaders

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This is a list of National Football League quarterbacks by total career passing yards. This list includes all quarterbacks who have thrown for at least 30,000 career passing yards.

Players with 30,000 passing yards or more[edit]

Active players listed in bold.

Rank[1] Player Seasons by team Total passing yards[2] Year of induction into
Pro Football Hall of Fame
1 Brett Favre Atlanta Falcons (1991)
Green Bay Packers (19922007)
New York Jets (2008)[3]
Minnesota Vikings (20092010)
71,838 Eligible in 2016[4]
2 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts (19982011)
Denver Broncos (2012–Present)
64,964 Not applicable[4]
3 Dan Marino Miami Dolphins (19831999) 61,361 2005
4 John Elway Denver Broncos (19831998) 51,475 2004
5 Drew Brees San Diego Chargers (20012005)
New Orleans Saints (2006–Present)
51,081 Not applicable[4]
6 Warren Moon Houston Oilers (19841993)
Minnesota Vikings (19941996)
Seattle Seahawks (19971998)
Kansas City Chiefs (19992000)
49,325 2006
7 Tom Brady New England Patriots (2000–Present) 49,149 Not applicable[4]
8 Fran Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings (19611966)
New York Giants (19671971)
Minnesota Vikings (19721978)
47,003 1986
9 Vinny Testaverde Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19871992)
Cleveland Browns (19931995)
Baltimore Ravens (19961997)
New York Jets (19982003, 2005)
Dallas Cowboys (2004)
New England Patriots (2006)
Carolina Panthers (2007)[3]
46,233 None
10 Drew Bledsoe New England Patriots (19932001)
Buffalo Bills (20022004)
Dallas Cowboys (20052006)
44,611 None
11 Dan Fouts San Diego Chargers (19731987) 43,040 1993
12 Kerry Collins Carolina Panthers (19951998[5])
New Orleans Saints (1998)
New York Giants (19992003)
Oakland Raiders (20042005)
Tennessee Titans (20062010)[3]
Indianapolis Colts (2011)
40,922 Eligible in 2017[4]
13 Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers (19791992)
Kansas City Chiefs (19931994)
40,551 2000
14 Johnny Unitas Baltimore Colts (19561972)
San Diego Chargers (1973)
40,239 1979
15 Dave Krieg Seattle Seahawks (19801991)
Kansas City Chiefs (19921993)
Detroit Lions (1994)
Arizona Cardinals (1995)
Chicago Bears (1996)
Tennessee Oilers (19971998)
38,147 None
16 Boomer Esiason Cincinnati Bengals (19841992)
New York Jets (19931995)
Arizona Cardinals (1996)
Cincinnati Bengals (1997)
37,920 None
17 Donovan McNabb Philadelphia Eagles (19992009)
Washington Redskins (2010)
Minnesota Vikings (2011)
37,276 Eligible in 2017[4]
18 Jim Kelly Buffalo Bills (19861996) 35,467 2002
19 Eli Manning New York Giants (2004–Present) 35,345 Not applicable[4]
20 Jim Everett Los Angeles Rams (19861993)
New Orleans Saints (19941996)
San Diego Chargers (1997)
34,837 None
21 Jim Hart St. Louis Cardinals (19661983)
Washington Redskins (1984)
34,665 None
22 Matt Hasselbeck Green Bay Packers (19982000)
Seattle Seahawks (20012010)
Tennessee Titans (20112012)
Indianapolis Colts (2013–Present)
34,647 Not applicable[4]
23 Steve DeBerg San Francisco 49ers (19781980)
Denver Broncos (19811983)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19841987, 19921993[6])
Kansas City Chiefs (19881991)
Miami Dolphins (1993)
Atlanta Falcons (1998)
34,241 None
24 Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers (2004–Present) 34,105 Not applicable[4]
25 Carson Palmer Cincinnati Bengals (20032010)
Oakland Raiders (20112012)
Arizona Cardinals (2013–Present)
33,739 Not applicable[4]
26 John Hadl San Diego Chargers (19621972)
Los Angeles Rams (19731974[7])
Green Bay Packers (19741975)
Houston Oilers (19761977)
33,503 None
27 Phil Simms New York Giants (19791993) 33,462 None
28 Steve Young Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19851986)
San Francisco 49ers (19871999)
33,124 2005
29 Y. A. Tittle Baltimore Colts (19481950)
San Francisco 49ers (19511960)
New York Giants (19611964)
33,070 1971
30 Troy Aikman Dallas Cowboys (19892000) 32,942 2006
31 Ken Anderson Cincinnati Bengals (19711986) 32,838 None
32 Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers (2004–Present) 32,369 Not applicable[4]
33 Kurt Warner St. Louis Rams (19982003)
New York Giants (2004)
Arizona Cardinals (20052009)
32,344 Eligible in 2015[4]
34 Sonny Jurgensen Philadelphia Eagles (19571963)
Washington Redskins (19641974)
32,224 1983
35 Mark Brunell Green Bay Packers (19931994)
Jacksonville Jaguars (19952003)
Washington Redskins (20042006)
New Orleans Saints (20082009)
New York Jets (20102011)
32,072 Eligible in 2017[4]
36 John Brodie San Francisco 49ers (19571973)
31,548 None
37 Steve McNair Houston Oilers / Tennessee Oilers / Tennessee Titans (19952005)

Baltimore Ravens (20062007)

31,304 None
38 Norm Snead Washington Redskins (19611963)
Philadelphia Eagles (19641970)
Minnesota Vikings (1971)
New York Giants (19721974, 1976)
San Francisco 49ers (19741975)
30,797 None

Active players with 25,000 yards or more[edit]

As of the end of the 2013 season.

Notable[edit]

Fran Tarkenton was the first quarterback of the expansion Minnesota Vikings in 1961, and Kerry Collins was the first quarterback of the expansion Carolina Panthers in 1995. Both got the first starts of their NFL careers with these teams, and these are the only quarterbacks to get their first starts with an expansion team that went on to pass for 40,000 plus yards.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rank is as of the end of the 2013 season.
  2. ^ Total is through the end of the 2013 season.
  3. ^ a b c Player was on an active roster during the 2008 season
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m A player is not eligible for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame until he has been fully retired for five calendar years or is deceased; player was not eligible for induction upon the commencement of the 2013 season.
  5. ^ Collins was traded during the pendency of the 1998 season; he played four games for the Panthers and seven for the Saints.
  6. ^ DeBerg was traded during the pendency of the 1993 season; he played three games for the Buccaneers and eight for the Dolphins.
  7. ^ Hadl was traded during the pendency of the 1974 season; he played six games for the Rams and eight for the Packers.

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