List of National Football League career passing touchdowns leaders

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This is a list of National Football League (NFL) quarterbacks by total career regular season passing touchdowns. This list includes all quarterbacks who have thrown for at least 200 career touchdowns.

Players with at least 200 passing touchdowns[edit]

Key
^ Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
* Denotes player who is still active in the NFL

Through Week 6 of 2018 season in progress.

Peyton Manning has more touchdowns than any other NFL quarterback, with 539.
Rank Player Team(s) by season Touchdowns
1 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts (19982011)
Denver Broncos (20122015)
539
2 Brett Favre^ Atlanta Falcons (1991)
Green Bay Packers (19922007)
New York Jets (2008)
Minnesota Vikings (20092010)
508
3 Tom Brady* New England Patriots (2000–present) 501
4 Drew Brees* San Diego Chargers (20012005)
New Orleans Saints (2006–present)
499
5 Dan Marino^ Miami Dolphins (19831999) 420
6 Philip Rivers* San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (2004–present) 357
7 Eli Manning* New York Giants (2004–present) 345
8 Fran Tarkenton^ Minnesota Vikings (19611966), (19721978)
New York Giants (19671971)
342
9 Ben Roethlisberger* Pittsburgh Steelers (2004–present) 341
10 Aaron Rodgers* Green Bay Packers (2005–present) 325
11 John Elway^ Denver Broncos (19831998) 300
12 Carson Palmer Cincinnati Bengals (20032010)
Oakland Raiders (20112012)
Arizona Cardinals (20132017)
294
13 Warren Moon^ Houston Oilers (19841993)
Minnesota Vikings (19941996)
Seattle Seahawks (19971998)
Kansas City Chiefs (19992000)
291
14 Johnny Unitas^ Baltimore Colts (19561972)
San Diego Chargers (1973)
290
15 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)
275
16 Matt Ryan* Atlanta Falcons (2008–present) 274
17 Joe Montana^ San Francisco 49ers (19791992)
Kansas City Chiefs (19931994)
273
18 Dave Krieg Seattle Seahawks (19801991)
Kansas City Chiefs (19921993)
Detroit Lions (1994)
Arizona Cardinals (1995)
Chicago Bears (1996)
Tennessee Oilers (19971998)
261
19 Sonny Jurgensen^ Philadelphia Eagles (19571963)
Washington Redskins (19641974)
255
20 Dan Fouts^ San Diego Chargers (19731987) 254
21 Drew Bledsoe New England Patriots (19932001)
Buffalo Bills (20022004)
Dallas Cowboys (20052006)
251
22 Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys (20032016) 248
23 Boomer Esiason Cincinnati Bengals (19841992, 1997)
New York Jets (19931995)
Arizona Cardinals (1996)
247
24 John Hadl San Diego Chargers (19621972)
Los Angeles Rams (19731974[a])
Green Bay Packers (19741975)
Houston Oilers (19761977)
244
25 Len Dawson^ Pittsburgh Steelers (19571959)
Cleveland Browns (19601961)
Dallas Texans (1962)
Kansas City Chiefs (19631975)
239
26 Jim Kelly^ Buffalo Bills (19861996) 237
27 George Blanda^ Chicago Bears (1949, 1950[b]1958)
Baltimore Colts (1950)
Houston Oilers (19601966)
Oakland Raiders (19671975)
236
28 Donovan McNabb Philadelphia Eagles (19992009)
Washington Redskins (2010)
Minnesota Vikings (2011)
234
29 Steve Young^ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19851986)
San Francisco 49ers (19871999)
232
30 Jay Cutler Denver Broncos (20062008)
Chicago Bears (20092016)
Miami Dolphins (2017)
227
31 Matthew Stafford* Detroit Lions (2009–present) 226
32 John Brodie San Francisco 49ers (19571973) 214
33 Terry Bradshaw^ Pittsburgh Steelers (19701983) 212
Matt Hasselbeck Green Bay Packers (19982000)
Seattle Seahawks (20012010)
Tennessee Titans (20112012)
Indianapolis Colts (20132015)
Y. A. Tittle^[c] Baltimore Colts (1950)
San Francisco 49ers (19511960)
New York Giants (19611964)
36 Joe Flacco* Baltimore Ravens (2008–present) 209
Jim Hart St. Louis Cardinals (19661983)
Washington Redskins (1984)
38 Kerry Collins Carolina Panthers (19951998)
New Orleans Saints (1998)
New York Giants (19992003)
Oakland Raiders (20042005)
Tennessee Titans (20062010)
Indianapolis Colts (2011)
208
Kurt Warner^ St. Louis Rams (19982003)
New York Giants (2004)
Arizona Cardinals (20052009)
40 Randall Cunningham Philadelphia Eagles (19851995)
Minnesota Vikings (19971999)
Dallas Cowboys (2000)
Baltimore Ravens (2001)
207
41 Jim Everett Los Angeles Rams (19861993)
New Orleans Saints (19941996)
San Diego Chargers (1997)
203
42 Roman Gabriel Los Angeles Rams (19621972)
Philadelphia Eagles (19731977)
201

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Hadl was traded during the 1974 season; he played six games for the Rams and eight for the Packers.
  2. ^ Blanda was traded during the 1950 season; he played one game for the Colts and eleven games for the Bears.
  3. ^ Tittle's 30 touchdown passes in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) are not including in this total, as the NFL does not recognize statistics accumulated in the AAFC.[1][2][3]

Active players with 160–199 touchdowns[edit]

Through Week 6 of 2018 season.

Most career touchdown passes including playoff games[edit]

Thru Week 6 of 2018 season. Bold indicates player active.

Historical passing touchdowns leaders[edit]

Fourteen players are recognized as having held outright or tied the record as the NFL's career passing touchdowns leader[4]. The longest record holder was Fran Tarkenton who held the record for 20 years.

Elmer Oliphant was the 1st record holder
Benny Friedman held the record 14 years, including all of the 1930's
Fran Tarkenton was the leader 20 years, including all of the 1980's
Reign Player Team(s) while leader Career passing touchdowns Season(s)
19211922
(2 years)
Elmer Oliphant [5] Buffalo All-Americans 7 1921–1922
1923 Lou Smyth [6] Canton Bulldogs 8 1923
19241928
(5 years)
Curly Lambeau^
[7]
Green Bay Packers 14 1924
19 1925
22 1926
23 1927
24 1928
Tied 1928 Red Dunn [8] Green Bay Packers
19291942
(14 years)
Benny Friedman^
[9]
New York Giants 1929-1931
Brooklyn Dodgers 1932-1934
40 1929
53 1930
56 1931
61 1932
66 1933–1942
Tied 19401942
(3 years)
Arnie Herber^
[10]
Green Bay Packers 1940–1942
19431961
(19 years)
Sammy Baugh^
[11]
Washington Redskins 80 1943
84 1944
95 1945
103 1946
128 1947
150 1948
168 1949
178 1950
185 1951
187 1952–1961
Tied 19611962
(2 years)
Bobby Layne^
[12]
Pittsburgh Steelers 1961
196 1962
19621966
(5 years)
Y. A. Tittle^
[13]
New York Giants 1962
232 1963
242 1964–1966
19671974
(8 years)
Johnny Unitas^
[14]
Baltimore Colts (19671972)
San Diego Chargers (1973)
252 1967
254 1968
266 1969
280 1970
283 1971
287 1972
290 1973 – 1974
19751994
(20 years)
Fran Tarkenton^
[15]
Minnesota Vikings 291 1975
308 1976
317 1977
342 1978 – 1994
19952006
(12 years)
Dan Marino^
[16]
Miami Dolphins 352 1995
369 1996
385 1997
408 1998
420 1999 – 2006
20072013
(7 years)
Brett Favre^
[17]
Green Bay Packers (2007)
New York Jets (2008)
Minnesota Vikings (20092010)
442 2007
464 2008
497 2009
508 2010 – 2013
Since 2014
(5 years)
Peyton Manning
[18]
Denver Broncos 530 2014
539 Since 2015

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
Footnotes
  1. ^ Pavlick, Ed (1980). "Pro Football Records Should Include the AAFC" (PDF). The Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association. 2 (7). Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  2. ^ Roberts, Jerry (2015). Pass Receiving in Early Pro Football: A History to the 1960s (illustrated ed.). McFarland. p. 137. ISBN 078649946X. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  3. ^ "Y.A. Tittle". NFL.com. National Football League. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  4. ^ "NFL Passing Touchdowns Career Leaders". Pro football reference.com. 2018-10-13. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  5. ^ "NFL Career Passing Touchdowns Leaders Through 1922". Pro football reference.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  6. ^ "NFL Career Passing Touchdowns Leaders Through 1923". Pro football reference.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  7. ^ "Curly Lambeau stats". NFL.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  8. ^ "Red Dunn stats". NFL.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  9. ^ "Benny Friedman stats". NFL.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  10. ^ "Arnie Herber stats". Pro football reference.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  11. ^ "Sammy Baugh stats". Pro football reference.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  12. ^ "Bobby Layne stats". NFL.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  13. ^ "Tittle stats". Pro football reference.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  14. ^ "Johnny Unitas stats". Pro football reference.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  15. ^ "Fran Tarkenton stats". Pro football reference.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  16. ^ "Dan Marino stats". Pro football reference.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  17. ^ "Brett Favre stats". Pro football reference.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  18. ^ "Peyton Manning stats". Pro football reference.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06.