List of National Football League passing completions leaders

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This is a list of National Football League quarterbacks by total career regular season pass completions. This list includes all quarterbacks 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]
5,365 8,085 66.36 Not applicable.[3]
4 Dan Marino Miami Dolphins (19831999) 4,967 8,358 59.43 2005
5 Tom Brady New England Patriots (since 2000)[4] 4,953 7,792 63.57 Not applicable[3]
6 John Elway Denver Broncos (19831998) 4,123 7,250 56.87 2004
7 Warren Moon Houston Oilers (19841993)
Minnesota Vikings (19941996)
Seattle Seahawks (19971998)
Kansas City Chiefs (19992000)
3,988 6,823 58.45 2006
8 Drew Bledsoe New England Patriots (19932001)
Buffalo Bills (20022004)
Dallas Cowboys (20052006)
3,839 6,717 57.15 None
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)
3,787 6,701 56.51
10 Eli Manning New York Giants (since 2004)[4] 3,695 6,227 59.34 Not applicable[3]
11 Fran Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings (19611966, 19721978)
New York Giants (19671971)
3,686 6,467 57 1986
12 Kerry Collins Carolina Panthers (19951998[5])
New Orleans Saints (1998)
New York Giants (19992003)
Oakland Raiders (20042005)
Tennessee Titans (20062010)
Indianapolis Colts (2011)
3,487 6,261 55.69 Eligible in 2017[3]
13 Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers (since 2004)[4] 3,476 5,423 64.1 Not applicable[3]
14 Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers (since 2004)[4] 3,462 5,339 64.84
15 Carson Palmer Cincinnati Bengals (20032010)
Oakland Raiders (20112012)
Arizona Cardinals (since 2013)[4]
3,413 5,443 62.7
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 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]
19 Donovan McNabb Philadelphia Eagles (19992009)
Washington Redskins (2010)
Minnesota Vikings (2011)
3,170 5,374 58.99 Eligible in 2017[3]
20 Dave Krieg Seattle Seahawks (19801991)
Kansas City Chiefs (19921993)
Detroit Lions (1994)
Arizona Cardinals (1995)
Chicago Bears (1996)
Tennessee Titans (19971998)
3,105 5,311 58.47 None
21 Boomer Esiason Cincinnati Bengals (19841992, 1997)
New York Jets (19931995)
Arizona Cardinals (1996)
2,969 5,205 57.04
22 Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons (since 2008)[4] 2,915 4,530 64.35 Not applicable[3]
23 Troy Aikman Dallas Cowboys (19892000) 2,898 4,715 61.46 2006
24 Steve DeBerg San Francisco 49ers (19781980)
Denver Broncos (19811983)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19841987, 19921993[6])
Miami Dolphins (1993)
Atlanta Falcons (1998)
2,874 5,024 57.21 None
Jim Kelly Buffalo Bills (19861996) 4,779 60.14 2002
26 Jim Everett Los Angeles Rams (19861993)
New Orleans Saints (19941996)
San Diego Chargers (1997)
2,841 4,923 57.71 None
27 Johnny Unitas Baltimore Colts (19561972)
San Diego Chargers (1973)
2,830 5,186 54.57 1979
28 Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys (since 2003)[4] 2,826 4,331 65.25 Not applicable[3]
29 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 Eligible in 2017[3]
30 Steve McNair Tennessee Titans (1995[7]2005)
Baltimore Ravens (20062007)
2,733 4,544 60.15 None
31 Jay Cutler Denver Broncos (20062008
Chicago Bears (since 2009)[4]
2,701 4,354 62.04 Not applicable[3]
32 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]
33 Brad Johnson Minnesota Vikings (19941998, 20052006)
Washington Redskins (19992000)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (20012004)
2,668 4,324 61.7 None
34 Steve Young Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19851986)
San Francisco 49ers (19871999)
2,667 4,149 64.28 2005
35 Ken Anderson Cincinnati Bengals (19711986) 2,654 4,475 59.31 None
36 Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers (since 2005)[4] 2,633 4,047 65.06 Not applicable[3]
37 Jim Hart Saint Louis Cardinals (19661983)
Washington Redskins (1984)
2,593 5,076 51.08 None
38 Phil Simms New York Giants (19791993) 2,576 4,647 55.43
39 Rich Gannon Minnesota Vikings (19871992)
Washington Redskins (1993)
Kansas City Chiefs (19951998)
Oakland Raiders (19992004)
2,533 4,206 60.22

*Bold denotes a ranked active player

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

Through the end of the 2015 season. All numbers in completions.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Rank is through the end of the 2015 season.
  2. ^ a b Total is through the end of the 2015 season.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n A player cannot be eligible to the Pro Football Hall of Fame unless he had been retired for at least 5 years or is deceased. Player wasn't eligible for induction upon the start of the 2015 season.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Player was on an active roster during the 2015 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. ^ During McNair's first two seasons, the Titans were styled as the Houston Oilers; the franchise relocated prior to the contesting of the 1997 season.

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