List of gridiron football quarterbacks passing statistics
This is a list of gridiron football quarterbacks passing statistics for quarterbacks that have played outdoor professional football in North America. This list includes cumulative statistics by players that have played in the National Football League (NFL), Canadian Football League (CFL), United States Football League (USFL), National Football League Europe (NFLE) and United Football League (UFL), and the XFL. Below is a listing of the combined professional football league leaders for passing yards, passing touchdowns, passing completions, and passing attempts. Because indoor football is played on a much shorter field and heavily favors offensive scoring, its records are not included in the main list and are noted in a separate addendum below.
During the 2011 CFL season, Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo surpassed Damon Allen to become the all-time passing yards leader in professional football league history. Allen broke the previous record held by Warren Moon in 2006. Peyton Manning had surpassed Brett Favre's passing yards record in the 2015 NFL season.
Favre surpassed Moon in both passing touchdowns and passing completions during the 2007 NFL season and also in pass attempts during the 2008 NFL season to become the leader in those categories. Since then, Manning surpassed Favre's NFL touchdown record during the 2014 NFL season.
Warren Moon and Johnny Unitas are the only gridiron quarterbacks to have held the record of the four major passing categories (passing yards, passing touchdowns, pass completions, pass attempts) at the same time.
All-time outdoor professional quarterback passing statistics
- Updated through end of 2016 season; minimum 40,000 passing yards.
- Bold denotes an active player.
|Rank||Name||Tenure||Leagues||Attempts||Completions||Comp %||Touchdowns||Interceptions||Yardage||QB rating|
|1||Calvillo, AnthonyAnthony Calvillo||1994 – 2013||CFL||9,437||5,892||62.4||455||224||79,816*||95.5|
|2||Allen, DamonDamon Allen||1985 – 2007||CFL||9,138||5,158||56.5||394||278||72,381||83.8|
|3||Manning, PeytonPeyton Manning||1998 – 2015||NFL||9,380||6,125||65.3||539*||251||71,940||96.5|
|4||Favre, BrettBrett Favre||1991 – 2010||NFL||10,169*||6,300*||62.0||508||336||71,838||86|
|5||Moon, WarrenWarren Moon||1978 – 2000||CFL/NFL||9,205||5,357||58.2||435||310||70,553||84.2|
|6||Brees, DrewDrew Brees||Since 2001||NFL||8,758||5,836||66.6||465||220||66,111||96.3|
|7||Burris, HenryHenry Burris||1998 – 2016||CFL/NFL/NFLE||7,576||4,711||62.2||382||237||64,023||92.9|
|8||Brady, TomTom Brady||Since 2000||NFL||8,224||5,244||63.8||456||152||61,582||97.2|
|9||Marino, DanDan Marino||1983 – 1999||NFL||8,358||4,967||59.4||420||252||61,361||86.4|
|10||Flutie, DougDoug Flutie||1985 – 2005||CFL/NFL/USFL||7,276||4,286||58.9||369||237||58,179||87.8|
|11||Ray, RickyRicky Ray||Since 2002||CFL||6,578||4,471||68.0*||298||165||54,883||98.1*|
|12||McManus, DannyDanny McManus||1990 – 2006||CFL||6,689||3,640||54.4||259||281||53,255||76|
|13||Elway, JohnJohn Elway||1983 – 1998||NFL||7,250||4,123||56.9||300||226||51,475||79.9|
|14||Lancaster, RonRon Lancaster||1960 – 1978||CFL||6,233||3,384||54.3||333||396*||50,535||72.4|
|15||Glenn, KevinKevin Glenn||Since 2001||CFL||5,966||3,750||62.9||268||193||48,829||90.1|
|16||Manning, EliEli Manning||Since 2004||NFL||6,825||4,072||59.7||320||215||48,214||83.7|
|17||Tarkenton, FranFran Tarkenton||1961 – 1978||NFL||6,487||3,686||56.8||342||266||47,003||80.1|
|18||Roethlisberger, BenBen Roethlisberger||Since 2004||NFL||5,932||3,804||64.1||301||160||46,814||94.1|
|19||Testaverde, VinnyVinny Testaverde||1987 – 2007||NFL||6,701||3,787||56.5||275||267||46,233||75|
|20||Rivers, PhilipPhilip Rivers||Since 2004||NFL||5,917||3,811||64.4||314||156||45,833||94.7|
|21||Kelly, JimJim Kelly||1984 – 1996||NFL/USFL||5,933||3,604||60.7||320||195||45,309||88.8|
|22||Bledsoe, DrewDrew Bledsoe||1993 – 2006||NFL||6,717||3,839||57.2||251||206||44,611||77.1|
|23||Palmer, CarsonCarson Palmer||Since 2003||NFL||6,040||3,777||62.5||285||180||44,269||88|
|24||Dunigan, MattMatt Dunigan||1983 – 1996||CFL||5,476||3,057||55.8||306||211||43,857||84.5|
|25||Garcia, JeffJeff Garcia||1994 – 2011||CFL/NFL/UFL||5,955||3,645||61.2||281||146||43,300||88.9|
|26||Fouts, DanDan Fouts||1973 – 1987||NFL||5,604||3,297||58.8||254||242||43,040||80.2|
|27||Collins, KerryKerry Collins||1995 – 2011||NFL||6,261||3,487||55.7||208||196||40,922||73.8|
|28||Montana, JoeJoe Montana||1979 – 1994||NFL||5,391||3,409||63.2||273||139||40,551||92.3|
|29||Ham, TracyTracy Ham||1987 – 1999||CFL||4,945||2,670||54.0||284||164||40,534||86.6|
|30||Unitas, JohnnyJohnny Unitas||1956 – 1973||NFL||5,186||2,830||54.6||290||253||40,239||78.2|
^* = Leader in category for outdoor gridiron football.
For the purpose of this list, indoor American football statistics have been excluded. While overall passing yards are not substantially greater in a given indoor football game compared to a CFL or NFL contest, the number of touchdowns in that form of the sport is far higher, and a list including them would invariably favor indoor football quarterbacks in the number of touchdowns thrown. Quarterbacks who would qualify for this list in yardage statistics if indoor football statistics are included are listed here separately:
- Ricky Ray has 1,296 additional passing yards from his time with the Fresno Frenzy of AF2 which was a league of indoor gridiron football. These passing yards are not included in the totals above since this list consists only outdoor gridiron football statistics and because AF2, the now-defunct minor league of the Arena Football League, plays at a semi-professional level.
- Kurt Warner has 44,931 gridiron passing yards. However, this list consists only outdoor gridiron football. His outdoor gridiron football statistics from his time in the NFL (32,344 passing yards) and his time with the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe (2,101 passing yards) totals 34,445 outdoor gridiron passing yards. He also passed for 10,486 yards as a member of the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League, which is played indoors.
- Aaron Garcia has over 62,000 gridiron passing yards. However, all of his totals were accumulated in the Arena Football League (AFL), an indoor league. Four other AFL players (Mark Grieb, Clint Dolezel, Andy Kelly, Sherdrick Bonner) have amassed over 40,000 gridiron football passing yards indoors. (Grieb also has an additional 408 yards for his play in the XFL, while Grieb and Kelly both have additional yardage that can be claimed from NFL Europe time.)
- List of National Football League passing yardage leaders
- List of National Football League passing touchdowns leaders
- List of National Football League passing completions leaders
- List of National Football League records (individual)
- List of Canadian Football League records (individual)
- List of leagues of American and Canadian football
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- Kurt Warner - Profile
- Kurt Warner jersey and football added to Hall's collection
- AFL Passing Records