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List of gridiron football quarterbacks passing statistics

A banner hangs in the Rogers Centre to commemorate Damon Allen's record-breaking pass in 2006.

This is a list of gridiron football quarterbacks passing statistics for quarterbacks that have played outdoor professional football in North America. Below is a listing of the combined professional football league leaders for passing yards, passing touchdowns, passing completions, and passing attempts.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9] 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.[10] Allen broke the previous record held by Warren Moon in 2006.[11]

Drew Brees holds the record for pass completions all-time since surpassing Brett Favre during the 2018 season.[12] Favre still holds the record for pass attempts since eclipsing Moon during the 2008 NFL season.[13] 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.[14]

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.

Aaron Rodgers is pro football's all-time passer rating leader. He passed Ricky Ray in 2018.

Tom Brady is the all time leader in passing yards including playoff games in the NFL with 81,693, however stats including playoffs for the CFL and other leagues have not been compiled; only regular season passing yards are included here.

Contents

All-time outdoor professional quarterback passing statisticsEdit

Updated through end of 2018 season; minimum 40,000 passing yards.
Bold denotes an active player.
Rank Name Tenure Leagues Attempts Completions Comp % TD passes Interceptions Yardage QB rating References
1 Anthony Calvillo 1994 – 2013 CFL 9,437 5,892 62.44 455 224 79,816* 95.53 [15][16]
2 Drew Brees Since 2001 NFL 9,783 6,586* 67.32 520 233 74,437 97.70 [3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
3 Damon Allen 1985 – 2007 CFL 9,138 5,158 56.45 394 278 72,381 83.82 [17]
4 Peyton Manning 1999 – 2015 NFL 9,380 6,125 65.30 539* 251 71,940 96.46 [3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
5 Brett Favre 1991 – 2010 10,169* 6,300 61.95 508 336 71,838 86.03
6 Warren Moon 1977 – 1999 NFL/CFL 9,205 5,357 58.20 435 310 70,553 84.24 [18][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
7 Tom Brady Since 2000 NFL 9,375 6,004 64.04 517 171 70,514 97.60 [3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
8 Henry Burris 1997 – 2016 CFL/NFL/NFLE 7,576 4,711 62.18 382 237 64,023 92.89 [2][19][20]
9 Dan Marino 1983 – 1999 NFL 8,358 4,967 59.43 420 252 61,361 86.38 [3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
10 Ricky Ray 2001 – 2018 CFL/NFL 7,301 4,976 68.16* 324 177 60,736 98.23 [21]
11 Doug Flutie 1985 – 2005 CFL/NFL/USFL 7,276 4,286 58.91 369 237 58,179 87.82 [22][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
12 Ben Roethlisberger Since 2004 NFL 7,168 4,616 64.40 363 190 56,194 94.20 [3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
13 Eli Manning 7,972 4,804 60.26 360 239 55,981 84.10
14 Philip Rivers 7,000 4,518 64.54 374 178 54,656 95.60
15 Danny McManus 1988 – 2006 CFL/NFL 6,689 3,640 54.42 259 281 53,255 76.01 [23]
16 Kevin Glenn 2001 – 2018 CFL 6,434 4,068 63.23 294 207 52,867 90.84 [24]
17 John Elway 1983 – 1998 NFL 7,250 4,123 56.87 300 226 51,475 79.86 [3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
18 Ron Lancaster 1960 – 1978 CFL 6,233 3,384 54.29 333 396* 50,535 72.44 [25]
19 Fran Tarkenton 1961 – 1978 NFL 6,467 3,686 57.00 342 266 47,003 80.35 [3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
20 Matt Ryan Since 2008 NFL 6,201 4,052 65.34 295 133 46,720 94.90
21 Carson Palmer 2003 – 2017 NFL 6,307 3,941 62.49 294 187 46,247 87.89
22 Vinny Testaverde 1987 – 2007 6,701 3,787 56.51 275 267 46,233 75.00
23 Jim Kelly 1984 – 1996 NFL/USFL 5,933 3,604 60.74 320 195 45,309 88.81 [26][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
24 Drew Bledsoe 1993 – 2006 NFL 6,717 3,839 57.15 257 206 44,611 77.06 [3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
25 Matt Dunigan 1983 – 1996 CFL 5,476 3,057 55.83 306 211 43,857 84.55 [27]
26 Jeff Garcia 1994 – 2011 CFL/NFL/UFL 5,955 3,645 61.21 281 146 43,300 88.90 [28][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
27 Dan Fouts 1973 – 1987 NFL 5,604 3,297 58.83 254 242 43,040 80.23 [3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
28 Aaron Rodgers Since 2005 NFL 5,492 3,560 64.82 338 080 42,944 103.10*
29 Kerry Collins 1995 – 2011 NFL 6,261 3,487 55.69 208 196 40,922 73.76
30 Joe Montana 1979 – 1994 5,391 3,409 63.24 273 139 40,551 92.26
31 Tracy Ham 1987 – 1999 CFL 4,945 2,670 53.99 284 164 40,534 86.56 [29]
32 Johnny Unitas 1956 – 1973 NFL 5,186 2,830 54.57 290 253 40,239 78.20 [3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

^* = Leader in category for outdoor gridiron football.

North American outdoor gridiron football leaguesEdit

The following leagues are eligible for inclusion for statistical purposes:
The following former leagues include statistics for players who attained the minimum 40,000 passing yards:

AddendumEdit

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:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b c d e "Quarterbacks Who Played in the NFL and CFL". Rutgers.edu. Retrieved 2009-09-02.
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  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "PFR Stats Completions". ProFootballReference.com. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
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  10. ^ Alouettes’ Calvillo breaks pro football's passing record
  11. ^ "Argos' Allen is football's top passer". CBC Sports.ca. 2006-09-04. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
  12. ^ Drew Brees passes Brett Favre for most career completions
  13. ^ CALVILLO WILL NOT RETURN TO ALOUETTES THIS SEASON
  14. ^ Peyton Manning breaks TD record
  15. ^ "Anthony Calvillo CFL Statistics thru 2012". TotalFootballStats.com. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
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  17. ^ "Damon Allen CFL Statistics". TotalFootballStats.com. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
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  21. ^ "Ricky Ray Stats". CFL.ca. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
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  30. ^ Highlights
  31. ^ Kurt Warner - Profile
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  33. ^ AFL Passing Records
  34. ^ Claymores 1998 Statistics