List of National Football League career 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]

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

Through end of 2017 season.

Rank Player Team(s) by season Yards
1 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts (19982011)
Denver Broncos (20122015)
71,940
2 Brett Favre^ Atlanta Falcons (1991)
Green Bay Packers (19922007)
New York Jets (2008)
Minnesota Vikings (20092010)
71,838
3 Drew Brees* San Diego Chargers (20012005)
New Orleans Saints (2006–present)
70,445
4 Tom Brady* New England Patriots (2000–present) 66,159
5 Dan Marino^ Miami Dolphins (19831999) 61,361
6 Eli Manning* New York Giants (2004–present) 51,682
7 John Elway^ Denver Broncos (19831998) 51,475
8 Ben Roethlisberger* Pittsburgh Steelers (2004–present) 51,065
9 Philip Rivers* San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (2004–present) 50,348
10 Warren Moon^ Houston Oilers (19841993)
Minnesota Vikings (19941996)
Seattle Seahawks (19971998)
Kansas City Chiefs (19992000)
49,325
11 Fran Tarkenton^ Minnesota Vikings (19611966, 19721978)
New York Giants (19671971)
47,003
12 Carson Palmer Cincinnati Bengals (20032010)
Oakland Raiders (20112012)
Arizona Cardinals (20132017)
46,247
13 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
14 Drew Bledsoe New England Patriots (19932001)
Buffalo Bills (20022004)
Dallas Cowboys (20052006)
44,611
15 Dan Fouts^ San Diego Chargers (19731987) 43,040
16 Matt Ryan* Atlanta Falcons (2008–present) 41,796
17 Kerry Collins Carolina Panthers (19951998)[a])
New Orleans Saints (1998)
New York Giants (19992003)
Oakland Raiders (20042005)
Tennessee Titans (20062010)
Indianapolis Colts (2011)
40,922
18 Joe Montana^ San Francisco 49ers (19791992)
Kansas City Chiefs (19931994)
40,551
19 Johnny Unitas^ Baltimore Colts (19561972)
San Diego Chargers (1973)
40,239
20 Aaron Rodgers* Green Bay Packers (2005–present) 38,502
21 Dave Krieg Seattle Seahawks (19801991)
Kansas City Chiefs (19921993)
Detroit Lions (1994)
Arizona Cardinals (1995)
Chicago Bears (1996)
Tennessee Oilers (19971998)
38,147
22 Boomer Esiason Cincinnati Bengals (19841992)
New York Jets (19931995)
Arizona Cardinals (1996)
Cincinnati Bengals (1997)
37,920
23 Donovan McNabb Philadelphia Eagles (19992009)
Washington Redskins (2010)
Minnesota Vikings (2011)
37,276
24 Matt Hasselbeck Green Bay Packers (19982000)
Seattle Seahawks (20012010)
Tennessee Titans (20112012)
Indianapolis Colts (20132015)
36,638
25 Joe Flacco* Baltimore Ravens (2008–present) 35,780
26 Jim Kelly^ Buffalo Bills (19861996) 35,467
27 Jay Cutler Denver Broncos (20062008)
Chicago Bears (20092016)
Miami Dolphins (2017)
35,133
28 Jim Everett Los Angeles Rams (19861993)
New Orleans Saints (19941996)
San Diego Chargers (1997)
34,837
29 Matthew Stafford* Detroit Lions (2009–present) 34,749
30 Jim Hart St. Louis Cardinals (19661983
Washington Redskins 1984)
34,665
31 Steve DeBerg San Francisco 49ers (19781980)
Denver Broncos (19811983)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19841987, 19921993[b])
Kansas City Chiefs (19881991)
Miami Dolphins (1993)
Atlanta Falcons (1998)
34,241
32 Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys (20032016) 34,183
33 John Hadl San Diego Chargers (19621972)
Los Angeles Rams (19731974[c])
Green Bay Packers (19741975)
Houston Oilers (19761977)
33,503
34 Phil Simms New York Giants (19791993) 33,462
35 Steve Young^ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19851986
San Francisco 49ers (19871999)
33,124
36 Troy Aikman^ Dallas Cowboys (19892000) 32,942
37 Ken Anderson Cincinnati Bengals (19711986) 32,838
38 Kurt Warner^ St. Louis Rams (19982003)
New York Giants (2004)
Arizona Cardinals (20052009)
32,344
39 Sonny Jurgensen^ Philadelphia Eagles (19571963)
Washington Redskins (19641974)
32,224
40 Mark Brunell Green Bay Packers (19931994)
Jacksonville Jaguars (19952003)
Washington Redskins (20042006)
New Orleans Saints (20082009)
New York Jets (20102011)
32,072
41 Alex Smith* San Francisco 49ers (20052012)
Kansas City Chiefs (20132017)
Washington Redskins (2018–present)
31,888
42 John Brodie San Francisco 49ers (19571973) 31,548
43 Steve McNair Houston / Tennessee Oilers / Titans (19952005)
Baltimore Ravens (20062007)
31,304
44 Norm Snead Washington Redskins (19611963)
Philadelphia Eagles (19641970)
Minnesota Vikings (1971)
New York Giants (19721974, 1976)
San Francisco 49ers (19741975)
30,797
  • Note: Y. A. Tittle passed for 33,070 yards in his professional career. However, 4,731 of those yards came in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC). The NFL does not recognize statistics and records accrued in the AAFC.[1][2] As such, his career passing yards total in the NFL stands at 28,339.[3]

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

Through end of 2017 season; numbers in yards

Historical passing yards leaders[edit]

Nine players are recognized as having held the record as the NFL's career passing yardage leader.[4] The longest record holder was Fran Tarkenton who held the record for 19 years.

Reign Player Team(s) while leader Career passing yards Season
19321942
(11 years)
Arnie Herber^
[5]
Green Bay Packers (19321940) 639 1932
1,295 1933
2,094 1934
2,823 1935
4,062 1936
4,746 1937
5,082 1938
6,189 1939
6,749 1940
1941
1942
19431958
(16 years)
Sammy Baugh^
[6]
Washington Redskins (1943-1952) 8,379 1943
9,228 1944
10,897 1945
12,060 1946
14,998 1947
17,597 1948
19,500 1949
20,630 1950
21,734 1951
21,886 1952
1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
1958
19591963
(5 years)
Bobby Layne^
[7]
Pittsburgh Steelers (19591962) 22,063 1959
23,877 1960
25,082 1961
26,768 1962
1963
19641967
(4 years)
Y. A. Tittle^
[3]
New York Giants (1964) 28,339 1964
1965
1966
1967
19681975
(8 years)
Johnny Unitas^
[8]
Baltimore Colts (19681972)
San Diego Chargers (1973)
33,160 1968
35,502 1969
37,715 1970
38,657 1971
39,768 1972
40,239 1973
1974
1975
19761994
(19 years)
Fran Tarkenton^
[9]
Minnesota Vikings (19761978) 41,801 1976
43,535 1977
47,003 1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
19952007
(12 years)
Dan Marino^
[10]
Miami Dolphins (19831999) 48,841 1995
51,636 1996
55,416 1997
58,913 1998
61,361 1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
20072015
(8 years)
Brett Favre^
[11]
Green Bay Packers (2007)
New York Jets (2008)
Minnesota Vikings (20092010)
61,655 2007
65,127 2008
69,329 2009
71,838 2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015–present
(3 years)
Peyton Manning
[12]
Denver Broncos (2015) 71,940 2015
2016
2017

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Collins was traded during the 1998 season; he played four games for the Panthers and seven for the Saints.
  2. ^ DeBerg was traded during the 1993 season; he played three games for the Buccaneers and eight for the Dolphins.
  3. ^ Hadl was traded during the 1974 season; he played six games for the Rams and eight for the Packers.

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 2017-09-12. 
  2. ^ Roberts, Jerry (2015). Pass Receiving in Early Pro Football: A History to the 1960s (illustrated ed.). McFarland. p. 137. ISBN 078649946X. Retrieved 2017-09-12. 
  3. ^ a b "Y.A. Tittle". NFL.com. National Football League. Retrieved 2017-09-12. 
  4. ^ Bryan Frye (March 9, 2016). "History of the Career Passing Yards Record". Grid Fe. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Arnie Herber stats". Pro football reference.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06. 
  6. ^ "Sammy Baugh stats". Pro football reference.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06. 
  7. ^ "Bobby Layne stats". NFL.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06. 
  8. ^ "Johnny Unitas stats". Pro football reference.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06. 
  9. ^ "Fran Tarkenton stats". Pro football reference.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06. 
  10. ^ "Dan Marino stats". Pro football reference.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06. 
  11. ^ "Brett Favre stats". Pro football reference.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06. 
  12. ^ "Peyton Manning stats". Pro football reference.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06.