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; likewise, as is standard for statistical record-keeping, exhibition games, all-star games (such as the Pro Bowl) and preseason contests are not counted.
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.
Brett Favre has held the record for pass completions since surpassing Moon during the 2007 NFL season, and the record for pass attempts since eclipsing Moon during the 2008 NFL season. Favre also held the passing touchdowns record until he was surpassed by Peyton Manning, who has been the current record holder since 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||References|
|1||Calvillo, AnthonyAnthony Calvillo||1994 – 2013||CFL||9,437||5,892||62.44||455||224||79,816*||95.53|||
|2||Allen, DamonDamon Allen||1985 – 2007||CFL||9,138||5,158||56.45||394||278||72,381||83.82|||
|3||Manning, PeytonPeyton Manning||1999 – 2015||NFL||9,380||6,125||65.30||539*||251||71,940||96.46|||
|4||Favre, BrettBrett Favre||1991 – 2010||NFL||10,169*||6,300*||61.95||508||336||71,838||86.03|
|5||Moon, WarrenWarren Moon||1978 – 2000||CFL/NFL||9,205||5,357||58.20||435||310||70,553||84.24|||
|6||Brees, DrewDrew Brees||Since 2001||NFL||9,294||6,222||66.95||488||228||70,445||96.73|||
|7||Brady, TomTom Brady||Since 2000||NFL||8,805||5,629||63.93||488||160||66,159||97.57|
|8||Burris, HenryHenry Burris||1998 – 2016||CFL/NFL/NFLE||7,576||4,711||62.18||382||237||64,023||92.89|||
|9||Marino, DanDan Marino||1983 – 1999||NFL||8,358||4,967||59.43||420||252||61,361||86.38|||
|10||Ray, RickyRicky Ray||Since 2001||CFL||7,247||4,942||68.19*||324||176||60,429||98.44*|||
|11||Flutie, DougDoug Flutie||1985 – 2005||CFL/NFL/USFL||7,276||4,286||58.91||369||237||58,179||87.82|||
|12||McManus, DannyDanny McManus||1990 – 2006||CFL||6,689||3,640||54.42||259||281||53,255||76.01|||
|13||Glenn, KevinKevin Glenn||Since 2001||CFL||6,434||4,068||63.23||294||207||52,867||90.84|||
|14||Manning, EliEli Manning||Since 2004||NFL||7,396||4,424||59.82||339||228||51,682||83.48|||
|15||Elway, JohnJohn Elway||1983 – 1998||NFL||7,250||4,123||56.87||300||226||51,475||79.86|
|16||Roethlisberger, BenBen Roethlisberger||Since 2004||NFL||6,493||4,164||64.13||329||174||51,065||94.02|
|17||Lancaster, RonRon Lancaster||1960 – 1978||CFL||6,233||3,384||54.29||333||396*||50,535||72.44|||
|18||Rivers, PhilipPhilip Rivers||Since 2004||NFL||6,492||4,171||64.25||342||166||50,348||94.84|||
|19||Tarkenton, FranFran Tarkenton||1961 – 1978||NFL||6,467||3,686||57.00||342||266||47,003||80.35|
|20||Palmer, CarsonCarson Palmer||2003 – 2017||NFL||6,307||3,941||62.49||294||187||46,247||87.89|
|21||Testaverde, VinnyVinny Testaverde||1987 – 2007||NFL||6,701||3,787||56.51||275||267||46,233||75.00|
|22||Kelly, JimJim Kelly||1984 – 1996||NFL/USFL||5,933||3,604||60.74||320||195||45,309||88.81|||
|23||Bledsoe, DrewDrew Bledsoe||1993 – 2006||NFL||6,717||3,839||57.15||251||206||44,611||77.06|||
|24||Dunigan, MattMatt Dunigan||1983 – 1996||CFL||5,476||3,057||55.83||306||211||43,857||84.55|||
|25||Garcia, JeffJeff Garcia||1994 – 2011||CFL/NFL/UFL||5,955||3,645||61.21||281||146||43,300||88.90|||
|26||Fouts, DanDan Fouts||1973 – 1987||NFL||5,604||3,297||58.83||254||242||43,040||80.23|||
|27||Ryan, MattMatt Ryan||Since 2008||NFL||5,593||3,630||64.90||260||126||41,796||93.41|
|28||Collins, KerryKerry Collins||1995 – 2011||NFL||6,261||3,487||55.69||208||196||40,922||73.76|
|29||Montana, JoeJoe Montana||1979 – 1994||NFL||5,391||3,409||63.24||273||139||40,551||92.26|
|30||Ham, TracyTracy Ham||1987 – 1999||CFL||4,945||2,670||53.99||284||164||40,534||86.56|||
|31||Unitas, JohnnyJohnny Unitas||1956 – 1973||NFL||5,186||2,830||54.57||290||253||40,239||78.20|||
^* = 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:
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