List of National Football League passing yards 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 at least 30,000 passing yards[edit]

Active ranked players listed in bold.

Rank[1] Player Seasons by team Passing yardage[2] Year inducted into
Pro Football Hall of Fame
1 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts (19982011)
Denver Broncos (20122015)
71,940 Eligible in 2021.[3]
2 Brett Favre Atlanta Falcons (1991)
Green Bay Packers (19922007)
New York Jets (2008)
Minnesota Vikings (20092010)
71,838 2016
3 Drew Brees San Diego Chargers (20012005)
New Orleans Saints (since 2006)
66,111 NA.[3]
4 Brady, TomTom Brady New England Patriots (since 2000) 61,582
5 Dan Marino Miami Dolphins (19831999) 61,361 2005
6 John Elway Denver Broncos (19831998) 51,475 2004
7 Warren Moon Houston Oilers (19841993)
Minnesota Vikings (19941996)
Seattle Seahawks (19971998)
Kansas City Chiefs (19992000)
49,325 2006
8 Manning, EliEli Manning New York Giants (since 2004) 48,214 NA.[3]
9 Fran Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings (19611966)
New York Giants (19671971)
Minnesota Vikings (19721978)
47,003 1986
10 Roethlisberger, BenBen Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers (since 2004) 46,814 NA.[3]
11 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)
46,233 None.
12 Rivers, PhilipPhilip Rivers San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (since 2004) 45,833 NA.[3]
13 Drew Bledsoe New England Patriots (19932001)
Buffalo Bills (20022004)
Dallas Cowboys (20052006)
44,611 None.
14 Palmer, CarsonCarson Palmer Cincinnati Bengals (20032010)
Oakland Raiders (20112012)
Arizona Cardinals (since 2013)
44,269 NA.[3]
15 Fouts, DanDan Fouts San Diego Chargers (19731987) 43,040 1993
16 Collins, KerryKerry Collins Carolina Panthers (19951998)[4])
New Orleans Saints (1998)
New York Giants (19992003)
Oakland Raiders (20042005)
Tennessee Titans (20062010)
Indianapolis Colts (2011)
40,922 None
17 Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers (19791992)
Kansas City Chiefs (19931994)
40,551 2000
18 Johnny Unitas Baltimore Colts (19561972)
San Diego Chargers (1973)
40,239 1979
19 Dave Krieg Seattle Seahawks (19801991)
Kansas City Chiefs (19921993)
Detroit Lions (1994)
Arizona Cardinals (1995)
Chicago Bears (1996)
Tennessee Oilers (19971998)
38,147 None.
20 Boomer Esiason Cincinnati Bengals (19841992)
New York Jets (19931995)
Arizona Cardinals (1996)
Cincinnati Bengals (1997)
37,920
21 Ryan, MattMatt Ryan Atlanta Falcons (since 2008) 37,701 NA.[3]
22 Donovan McNabb Philadelphia Eagles (19992009)
Washington Redskins (2010)
Minnesota Vikings (2011)
37,276 None
23 Rodgers, AaronAaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers (since 2005) 36,827 NA.[3]
24 Matt Hasselbeck Green Bay Packers (19982000)
Seattle Seahawks (20012010)
Tennessee Titans (20112012)
Indianapolis Colts (20132015)
36,638 Eligible in 2021.[3]
25 Kelly, JimJim Kelly Buffalo Bills (19861996) 35,467 2002
26 Jim Everett Los Angeles Rams (19861993)
New Orleans Saints (19941996)
San Diego Chargers (1997)
34,837 None.
27 Jim Hart St. Louis Cardinals (19661983)
Washington Redskins (1984)
34,665
28 Steve DeBerg San Francisco 49ers (19781980)
Denver Broncos (19811983)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19841987, 19921993[5])
Kansas City Chiefs (19881991)
Miami Dolphins (1993)
Atlanta Falcons (1998)
34,241
29 Romo, TonyTony Romo Dallas Cowboys (since 2003) 34,183 NA.[3]
30 John Hadl San Diego Chargers (19621972)
Los Angeles Rams (19731974[6])
Green Bay Packers (19741975)
Houston Oilers (19761977)
33,503 None.
31 Phil Simms New York Giants (19791993) 33,462
32 Steve Young Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19851986)
San Francisco 49ers (19871999)
33,124 2005
33 Y. A. Tittle Baltimore Colts (19481950)
San Francisco 49ers (19511960)
New York Giants (19611964)
33,070 1971
34 Troy Aikman Dallas Cowboys (19892000) 32,942 2006
35 Ken Anderson Cincinnati Bengals (19711986) 32,838 None.
36 Flacco, JoeJoe Flacco Baltimore Ravens (since 2008) 32,639 NA.[3]
37 Cutler, JayJay Cutler Denver Broncos (20062008)
Chicago Bears (since 2009)
32,467
38 Kurt Warner St. Louis Rams (19982003)
New York Giants (2004)
Arizona Cardinals (20052009)
32,344 2017
39 Sonny Jurgensen Philadelphia Eagles (19571963)
Washington Redskins (19641974)
32,224 1983
40 Mark Brunell Green Bay Packers (19931994)
Jacksonville Jaguars (19952003)
Washington Redskins (20042006)
New Orleans Saints (20082009)
New York Jets (20102011)
32,072 None.
41 John Brodie San Francisco 49ers (19571973) 31,548
42 McNair, SteveSteve McNair Houston Oilers / Tennessee Oilers / Tennessee Titans (19952005)
Baltimore Ravens (20062007)
31,304
43 Norm Snead Washington Redskins (19611963)
Philadelphia Eagles (19641970)
Minnesota Vikings (1971)
New York Giants (19721974, 1976)
San Francisco 49ers (19741975)
30,797
44 Stafford, MatthewMatthew Stafford Detroit Lions (since 2009) 30,303 NA.[3]

Active players with 25,000–29,999 yards[edit]

Through end of 2016 season. All numbers in yards.

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 in NFL history to get their first starts with an expansion team and go on to pass for at least 40,000 yards.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rank is as of end of 2016 season.
  2. ^ Total is through end of 2016 season.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l A player isn't eligible for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame until he has been fully retired for 5 calendar years or is deceased. Player isn't eligible for induction upon the start of 2016 season.
  4. ^ Collins was traded during the pendency of the 1998 season; he played four games for the Panthers and seven for the Saints.
  5. ^ DeBerg was traded during the pendency of the 1993 season; he played three games for the Buccaneers and eight for the Dolphins.
  6. ^ 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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