List of National Football League passing yardage 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]

Active ranked players listed in bold.

Rank[1]PlayerSeasons by teamTotal passing yards[2]Year of induction into
Pro Football Hall of Fame
1Brett FavreAtlanta Falcons (1991)
Green Bay Packers (19922007)
New York Jets (2008)
Minnesota Vikings (20092010)
71,838Eligible in 2016[3]
2Peyton ManningIndianapolis Colts (19982011)
Denver Broncos (2012–present)
68,265Not applicable[3]
3Dan MarinoMiami Dolphins (19831999)61,3612005
4Drew BreesSan Diego Chargers (20012005)
New Orleans Saints (2006–present)
54,152Not applicable[3]
5Tom BradyNew England Patriots (2000–present)51,798Not applicable[3]
6John ElwayDenver Broncos (19831998)51,4752004
7Warren MoonHouston Oilers (19841993)
Minnesota Vikings (19941996)
Seattle Seahawks (19971998)
Kansas City Chiefs (19992000)
49,3252006
8Fran TarkentonMinnesota Vikings (19611966)
New York Giants (19671971)
Minnesota Vikings (19721978)
47,0031986
9Vinny TestaverdeTampa Bay Buccaneers (19871992)
Cleveland Browns (19931995)
Baltimore Ravens (19961997)
New York Jets (19982003, 2005)
Dallas Cowboys (2004)
New England Patriots (2006)
Carolina Panthers (2007)
46,233None
10Drew BledsoeNew England Patriots (19932001)
Buffalo Bills (20022004)
Dallas Cowboys (20052006)
44,611None
11Dan FoutsSan Diego Chargers (19731987)43,0401993
12Kerry CollinsCarolina Panthers (19951998[4])
New Orleans Saints (1998)
New York Giants (19992003)
Oakland Raiders (20042005)
Tennessee Titans (20062010)
Indianapolis Colts (2011)
40,922Eligible in 2017[3]
13Joe MontanaSan Francisco 49ers (19791992)
Kansas City Chiefs (19931994)
40,5512000
14Johnny UnitasBaltimore Colts (19561972)
San Diego Chargers (1973)
40,2391979
15Dave KriegSeattle Seahawks (19801991)
Kansas City Chiefs (19921993)
Detroit Lions (1994)
Arizona Cardinals (1995)
Chicago Bears (1996)
Tennessee Oilers (19971998)
38,147None
16Boomer EsiasonCincinnati Bengals (19841992)
New York Jets (19931995)
Arizona Cardinals (1996)
Cincinnati Bengals (1997)
37,920None
17Eli ManningNew York Giants (2004–present)37,840Not applicable[3]
18Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh Steelers (2004–present)37,375Not applicable[3]
19Donovan McNabbPhiladelphia Eagles (19992009)
Washington Redskins (2010)
Minnesota Vikings (2011)
37,276Eligible in 2017[3]
20Jim KellyBuffalo Bills (19861996)35,4672002
21Carson PalmerCincinnati Bengals (20032010)
Oakland Raiders (20112012)
Arizona Cardinals (2013–present)
35,365Not applicable[3]
22Philip RiversSan Diego Chargers (2004–present)34,913Not applicable[3]
23Jim EverettLos Angeles Rams (19861993)
New Orleans Saints (19941996)
San Diego Chargers (1997)
34,837None
24Matt HasselbeckGreen Bay Packers (19982000)
Seattle Seahawks (20012010)
Tennessee Titans (20112012)
Indianapolis Colts (2013–present)
34,667Not applicable[3]
25Jim HartSt. Louis Cardinals (19661983)
Washington Redskins (1984)
34,665None
26Steve DeBergSan Francisco 49ers (19781980)
Denver Broncos (19811983)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19841987, 19921993[5])
Kansas City Chiefs (19881991)
Miami Dolphins (1993)
Atlanta Falcons (1998)
34,241None
27John HadlSan Diego Chargers (19621972)
Los Angeles Rams (19731974[6])
Green Bay Packers (19741975)
Houston Oilers (19761977)
33,503None
28Phil SimmsNew York Giants (19791993)33,462None
29Steve YoungTampa Bay Buccaneers (19851986)
San Francisco 49ers (19871999)
33,1242005
30Y. A. TittleBaltimore Colts (19481950)
San Francisco 49ers (19511960)
New York Giants (19611964)
33,0701971
31Troy AikmanDallas Cowboys (19892000)32,9422006
32Ken AndersonCincinnati Bengals (19711986)32,838None
33Kurt WarnerSt. Louis Rams (19982003)
New York Giants (2004)
Arizona Cardinals (20052009)
32,344Eligible in 2015[3]
34Sonny JurgensenPhiladelphia Eagles (19571963)
Washington Redskins (19641974)
32,2241983
35Mark BrunellGreen Bay Packers (19931994)
Jacksonville Jaguars (19952003)
Washington Redskins (20042006)
New Orleans Saints (20082009)
New York Jets (20102011)
32,072Eligible in 2017[3]
36Tony RomoDallas Cowboys (2003–present)31,809Not applicable[3]
37John BrodieSan Francisco 49ers (19571973)
31,548None
38Steve McNairHouston Oilers / Tennessee Oilers / Tennessee Titans (19952005)

Baltimore Ravens (20062007)

31,304None
39Norm SneadWashington Redskins (19611963)
Philadelphia Eagles (19641970)
Minnesota Vikings (1971)
New York Giants (19721974, 1976)
San Francisco 49ers (19741975)
30,797None

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

As of week 11 of the 2014 season.

Notable[edit]

Fran Tarkenton was the first quarterback of the expansion Minnesota Vikings in 1961, and Kerry Collins was the first quarterback of the expansion Carolina Panthers in 1995. Both got the first starts of their NFL careers with these teams, and these are the only quarterbacks to get their first starts with an expansion team that went on to pass for 40,000 plus yards.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rank is as of week 11 of the 2014 season.
  2. ^ Total is through week 11 of the 2014 season.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n A player is not eligible for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame until he has been fully retired for five calendar years or is deceased; player was not eligible for induction upon the commencement of the 2014 season.
  4. ^ Collins was traded during the pendency of the 1998 season; he played four games for the Panthers and seven for the Saints.
  5. ^ DeBerg was traded during the pendency of the 1993 season; he played three games for the Buccaneers and eight for the Dolphins.
  6. ^ Hadl was traded during the pendency of the 1974 season; he played six games for the Rams and eight for the Packers.

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