List of National Football League passing completions leaders

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This is a list of National Football League QBs by total career regular season pass completions. This list includes all QBs who have thrown at least 2,500 pass completions.

Players with at least 2,500 completions[edit]

Rank[1] Player Seasons by team Total pass
completion[2]
Total pass
attempts[2]
Overall completion
percentage
Year of induction into
Pro Football Hall of Fame
1 Brett Favre Atlanta Falcons (1991)
Green Bay Packers (19922007)
New York Jets (2008)
Minnesota Vikings (20092010)
6,300 10,169 61.95 2016
2 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts (19982011)
Denver Broncos (20122015)
6,125 9,380 65.3 Eligible in 2021.[3]
3 Drew Brees San Diego Chargers (20012005)
New Orleans Saints (since 2006)[4]
5,836 8,758 66.64 NA.[3]
4 Brady, TomTom Brady New England Patriots (since 2000)[4] 5,244 8,224 63.76
5 Marino, DanDan Marino Miami Dolphins (19831999) 4,967 8,358 59.43 2005
6 John Elway Denver Broncos (19831998) 4,123 7,250 56.87 2004
7 Manning, EliEli Manning New York Giants (since 2004)[4] 4,072 6,825 59.66 NA.[3]
8 Warren Moon Houston Oilers (19841993)
Minnesota Vikings (19941996)
Seattle Seahawks (19971998)
Kansas City Chiefs (19992000)
3,988 6,823 58.45 2006
9 Drew Bledsoe New England Patriots (19932001)
Buffalo Bills (20022004)
Dallas Cowboys (20052006)
3,839 6,717 57.15 None.
10 Rivers, PhilipPhilip Rivers San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers[5] (since 2004)[4] 3,811 5,917 64.41 NA.[3]
11 Roethlisberger, BenBen Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers (since 2004)[4] 3,804 5,932 64.13
12 Testaverde, VinnyVinny 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)
3,787 6,701 56.51 None.
13 Palmer, CarsonCarson Palmer Cincinnati Bengals (20032010)
Oakland Raiders (20112012)
Arizona Cardinals (since 2013)[4]
3,777 6,040 62.53 NA.[3]
14 Fran Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings (19611966, 19721978)
New York Giants (19671971)
3,686 6,467 57 1986
15 Kerry Collins Carolina Panthers (19951998[6])
New Orleans Saints (1998)
New York Giants (19992003)
Oakland Raiders (20042005)
Tennessee Titans (20062010)
Indianapolis Colts (2011)
3,487 6,261 55.69 None
16 Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers (19791992)
Kansas City Chiefs (19931994)
3,409 5,391 63.24 2000
17 Dan Fouts San Diego Chargers (19731987) 3,297 5,604 58.83 1993
18 Ryan, MattMatt Ryan Atlanta Falcons (since 2008)[4] 3,288 5,064 64.93 NA.[3]
19 Matt Hasselbeck Green Bay Packers (19992000)
Seattle Seahawks (20012010)
Tennessee Titans (20112012)
Indianapolis Colts (20132015)
3,222 5,330 60.45 Eligible in 2021[3]
20 Donovan McNabb Philadelphia Eagles (19992009)
Washington Redskins (2010)
Minnesota Vikings (2011)
3,170 5,374 58.99 None.
21 Dave Krieg Seattle Seahawks (19801991)
Kansas City Chiefs (19921993)
Detroit Lions (1994)
Arizona Cardinals (1995)
Chicago Bears (1996)
Tennessee Oilers (19971998)
3,105 5,311 58.47
22 Rodgers, AaronAaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers (since 2005)[4] 3,034 4,657 65.15 NA. [3]
23 Boomer Esiason Cincinnati Bengals (19841992, 1997)
New York Jets (19931995)
Arizona Cardinals (1996)
2,969 5,205 57.04 None.
24 Flacco, JoeJoe Flacco Baltimore Ravens (since 2008)[4] 2,915 4,742 61.47 NA.[3]
25 Troy Aikman Dallas Cowboys (19892000) 2,898 4,715 61.46 2006
26 Steve DeBerg San Francisco 49ers (19781980)
Denver Broncos (19811983)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19841987, 19921993[7])
Miami Dolphins (1993)
Atlanta Falcons (1998)
2,874 5,024 57.21 None.
Jim Kelly Buffalo Bills (19861996) 4,779 60.14 2002
28 Jim Everett Los Angeles Rams (19861993)
New Orleans Saints (19941996)
San Diego Chargers (1997)
2,841 4,923 57.71 None.
29 Johnny Unitas Baltimore Colts (19561972)
San Diego Chargers (1973)
2,830 5,186 54.57 1979
30 Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys (20032016) 2,829 4,335 65.26 Eligible in 2022.[3]
31 Cutler, JayJay Cutler Denver Broncos (20062008)
Chicago Bears (20092016)
2,765 4,461 61.98
32 Mark Brunell Green Bay Packers (1994)
Jacksonville Jaguars (19952003)
Washington Redskins (20042007)
New Orleans Saints (20082009)
New York Jets (20102011)
2,761 4,640 59.5 None.
33 Steve McNair Tennessee Titans (1995[8]2005)
Baltimore Ravens (20062007)
2,733 4,544 60.15
34 Jon Kitna Seattle Seahawks (19972000)
Cincinnati Bengals (20012005)
Detroit Lions (20062008)
Dallas Cowboys (20092011, 2013)
2,677 4,442 60.27 Eligible in 2019.[3]
35 Brad Johnson Minnesota Vikings (19941998, 20052006)
Washington Redskins (19992000)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (20012004)
2,668 4,324 61.7 None.
36 Steve Young Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19851986)
San Francisco 49ers (19871999)
2,667 4,149 64.28 2005
37 Ken Anderson Cincinnati Bengals (19711986) 2,654 4,475 59.31 None.
38 Stafford, MatthewMatthew Stafford Detroit Lions (since 2009)[4] 2,634 4,285 61.47 NA.[3]
39 Jim Hart Saint Louis Cardinals (19661983)
Washington Redskins (1984)
2,593 5,076 51.08 None.
40 Simms, PhilPhil Simms New York Giants (19791993) 2,576 4,647 55.43
41 Smith, AlexAlex Smith San Francisco 49ers (20052012)
Kansas City Chiefs (since 2013)[4]
2,536 4,108 61.73 NA.[3]
42 Rich Gannon Minnesota Vikings (19871992)
Washington Redskins (1993)
Kansas City Chiefs (19951998)
Oakland Raiders (19992004)
2,533 4,206 60.22 None.

*Bold denotes a ranked active player

Active players with 2,000-2,499 completions[edit]

This list is as of the end of 2016 season. All numbers in completions.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Rank is thru end of the 2016 season.
  2. ^ a b Total is thru end of 2016 season.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m A player isn't eligible to the Pro Football Hall of Fame unless he had been retired for at least 5 years or is deceased. Player isn't eligible for induction upon the start of 2016 season.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Player was on an active roster during the 2016 season.
  5. ^ During Rivers' first 13 seasons, the Chargers were based in San Diego; the team relocated before the 2017 season.
  6. ^ Collins was traded during the pendency of the 1998 season; he played 4 games for the Panthers & 7 for the Saints.
  7. ^ DeBerg was traded during the pendency of the 1993 season; he played 3 games for the Buccaneers and 8 for the Dolphins.
  8. ^ During McNair's first two seasons, the Titans were styled as the Houston Oilers; the franchise relocated before the 1997 season.

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