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.
|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: