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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 Manning, PeytonPeyton Manning Indianapolis Colts (19982011)
Denver Broncos (20122015)
71,940
2 Favre, BrettBrett Favre^ Atlanta Falcons (1991)
Green Bay Packers (19922007)
New York Jets (2008)
Minnesota Vikings (20092010)
71,838
3 Brees, DrewDrew Brees* San Diego Chargers (20012005)
New Orleans Saints (2006–present)
70,445
4 Brady, TomTom Brady* New England Patriots (2000–present) 66,159
5 Marino, DanDan Marino^ Miami Dolphins (19831999) 61,361
6 Manning, EliEli Manning* New York Giants (2004–present) 51,682
7 Elway, JohnJohn Elway^ Denver Broncos (19831998) 51,475
8 Roethlisberger, BenBen Roethlisberger* Pittsburgh Steelers (2004–present) 51,065
9 Rivers, PhilipPhilip Rivers* San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (2004–present) 50,348
10 Moon, WarrenWarren Moon^ Houston Oilers (19841993)
Minnesota Vikings (19941996)
Seattle Seahawks (19971998)
Kansas City Chiefs (19992000)
49,325
11 Tarkenton, FranFran Tarkenton^ Minnesota Vikings (19611966, 19721978)
New York Giants (19671971)
47,003
12 Palmer, CarsonCarson Palmer Cincinnati Bengals (20032010)
Oakland Raiders (20112012)
Arizona Cardinals (20132017)
46,247
13 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)
46,233
14 Bledsoe, DrewDrew Bledsoe New England Patriots (19932001)
Buffalo Bills (20022004)
Dallas Cowboys (20052006)
44,611
15 Fouts, DanDan Fouts^ San Diego Chargers (19731987) 43,040
16 Ryan, MattMatt Ryan* Atlanta Falcons (2008–present) 41,796
17 Collins, KerryKerry 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 Montana, JoeJoe Montana^ San Francisco 49ers (19791992)
Kansas City Chiefs (19931994)
40,551
19 Unitas, JohnnyJohnny Unitas^ Baltimore Colts (19561972)
San Diego Chargers (1973)
40,239
20 Rodgers, AaronAaron Rodgers* Green Bay Packers (2005–present) 38,502
21 Krieg, DaveDave Krieg Seattle Seahawks (19801991)
Kansas City Chiefs (19921993)
Detroit Lions (1994)
Arizona Cardinals (1995)
Chicago Bears (1996)
Tennessee Oilers (19971998)
38,147
22 Esiason, BoomerBoomer Esiason Cincinnati Bengals (19841992)
New York Jets (19931995)
Arizona Cardinals (1996)
Cincinnati Bengals (1997)
37,920
23 McNabb, DonovanDonovan McNabb Philadelphia Eagles (19992009)
Washington Redskins (2010)
Minnesota Vikings (2011)
37,276
24 Hasselbeck, MattMatt Hasselbeck Green Bay Packers (19982000)
Seattle Seahawks (20012010)
Tennessee Titans (20112012)
Indianapolis Colts (20132015)
36,638
25 Flacco, JoeJoe Flacco* Baltimore Ravens (2008–present) 35,780
26 Kelly, JimJim Kelly^ Buffalo Bills (19861996) 35,467
27 Cutler, JayJay Cutler Denver Broncos (20062008)
Chicago Bears (20092016)
Miami Dolphins (2017)
35,133
28 Everett, JimJim Everett Los Angeles Rams (19861993)
New Orleans Saints (19941996)
San Diego Chargers (1997)
34,837
29 Stafford, MatthewMatthew Stafford* Detroit Lions (2009–present) 34,749
30 Hart, JimJim Hart St. Louis Cardinals (19661983
Washington Redskins 1984)
34,665
31 DeBerg, SteveSteve 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 Romo, TonyTony Romo Dallas Cowboys (20032016) 34,183
33 Hadl, JohnJohn Hadl San Diego Chargers (19621972)
Los Angeles Rams (19731974[c])
Green Bay Packers (19741975)
Houston Oilers (19761977)
33,503
34 Simms, PhilPhil Simms New York Giants (19791993) 33,462
35 Young, SteveSteve Young^ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19851986
San Francisco 49ers (19871999)
33,124
36 Aikman, TroyTroy Aikman^ Dallas Cowboys (19892000) 32,942
37 Anderson, KenKen Anderson Cincinnati Bengals (19711986) 32,838
38 Warner, KurtKurt Warner^ St. Louis Rams (19982003)
New York Giants (2004)
Arizona Cardinals (20052009)
32,344
39 Jurgensen, SonnySonny Jurgensen^ Philadelphia Eagles (19571963)
Washington Redskins (19641974)
32,224
40 Brunell, MarkMark Brunell Green Bay Packers (19931994)
Jacksonville Jaguars (19952003)
Washington Redskins (20042006)
New Orleans Saints (20082009)
New York Jets (20102011)
32,072
41 Smith, AlexAlex Smith* San Francisco 49ers (20052012)
Kansas City Chiefs (20132017)
Washington Redskins (2018–present)
31,888
42 Brodie, JohnJohn Brodie San Francisco 49ers (19571973) 31,548
43 McNair, SteveSteve McNair Houston / Tennessee Oilers / Titans (19952005)
Baltimore Ravens (20062007)
31,304
44 Snead, NormNorm 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) by season Yards
19321943
(11 years)
Arnie Herber^ Green Bay Packers (19301940)
New York Giants (19441945)
8,041
19431959
(16 years)
Sammy Baugh^ Washington Redskins (1937-1952) 21,886
19591964
(5 years)
Bobby Layne^ Chicago Bears (1948)
New York Bulldogs (1949)
Detroit Lions (19501958)
Pittsburgh Steelers (19581962)
26,768
19641967
(3 years)
Y. A. Tittle^ Baltimore Colts (19481950)
San Francisco 49ers (19511960)
New York Giants (19611964)
28,339
19671976
(9 years)
Johnny Unitas^ Baltimore Colts (19561972)
San Diego Chargers (1973)
40,239
19761995
(19 years)
Fran Tarkenton^ Minnesota Vikings (19611966)
New York Giants (19671971)
Minnesota Vikings (19721978)
47,003
19952007
(12 years)
Dan Marino^ Miami Dolphins (19831999) 61,361
20072015
(8 years)
Brett Favre^ Atlanta Falcons (1991)
Green Bay Packers (19922007)
New York Jets (2008)
Minnesota Vikings (20092010)
71,838
2015–present
(2 years)
Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts (19982011)
Denver Broncos (20122015)
71,940

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. ^ "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. 

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