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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 is within 4,500 passing yards of Calvillo's record.

During the 2014 NFL season, Peyton Manning surpassed Brett Favre for the all-time passing touchdowns record.[12] Tom Brady is within 9 touchdown passes of eclipsing Mannings record. Drew Brees is also within striking distance being within 15 passing touchdowns of the record.

Drew Brees holds the record for pass completions all-time since surpassing Brett Favre during the 2018 season.[13] Tom Brady is within 500 completions of Drew Brees record.

Brett Favre holds the record for pass attempts since eclipsing Moon during the 2008 NFL season.[14] Brees (within 250 pass attempts) and Tom Brady (within 450 pass attempts) are fairly close to the record.

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.

When considering regular season and post season combined, Tom Brady is the all time leader in gridiron passing yards with 84,229. This record surpassed Anthony Calvillo's mark of 82,365 yards in 2019.[15][16][17]

All-time outdoor professional quarterback passing statisticsEdit

Updated through 2019 season in progress; minimum 40,000 passing yards.
Bold denotes an active player.
Rank Name Tenure Leagues Attempts Completions Comp % TD passes INTs Yardage QB rating References
1 Anthony Calvillo 1994 – 2013 CFL 9,437 5,892 62.44 455 224 79,816* 95.53 [15][18]
2 Drew Brees Since 2001 NFL 9,919 6,687* 67.42 525 236 75,505 97.70 [3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
3 Tom Brady Since 2000 9,730 6,234 64.07 531 176 73,050 97.40
4 Damon Allen 1985 – 2007 CFL 9,138 5,158 56.45 394 278 72,381 83.82 [19]
5 Peyton Manning 1998 – 2015 NFL 9,380 6,125 65.30 539* 251 71,940 96.46 [3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
6 Brett Favre 1991 – 2010 10,169* 6,300 61.95 508 336 71,838 86.03
7 Warren Moon 1977 – 1999 NFL/CFL 9,205 5,357 58.20 435 310 70,553 84.24 [20][2][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][21][22]
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 [23]
11 Doug Flutie 1985 – 2005 CFL/NFL/USFL 7,276 4,286 58.91 369 237 58,179 87.82 [24][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
12 Philip Rivers Since 2004 NFL 7,364 4,758 64.61 388 188 57,472 95.40 [3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
13 Ben Roethlisberger 7,230 4,651 64.33 363 191 56,545 94.00
14 Eli Manning 8,061 4,860 60.29 362 241 56,537 84.10
15 Danny McManus 1988 – 2006 CFL/NFL 6,689 3,640 54.42 259 281 53,255 76.01 [25]
16 Kevin Glenn 2001 – 2018 CFL 6,434 4,068 63.23 294 207 52,867 90.84 [26]
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 [27]
19 Matt Ryan Since 2008 NFL 6,521 4,274 65.54 312 142 49,072 94.90 [3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
20 Fran Tarkenton 1961 – 1978 6,467 3,686 57.00 342 266 47,003 80.35
21 Carson Palmer 2003 – 2017 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 Aaron Rodgers Since 2005 5,839 3,785 64.82 355 082 45,662 103.10*
24 Jim Kelly 1984 – 1996 NFL/USFL 5,933 3,604 60.74 320 195 45,309 88.81 [28][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
25 Drew Bledsoe 1993 – 2006 NFL 6,717 3,839 57.15 257 206 44,611 77.06 [3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
26 Matt Dunigan 1983 – 1996 CFL 5,476 3,057 55.83 306 211 43,857 84.55 [29]
27 Jeff Garcia 1994 – 2011 CFL/NFL/UFL 5,955 3,645 61.21 281 146 43,300 88.90 [30][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
28 Dan Fouts 1973 – 1987 NFL 5,604 3,297 58.83 254 242 43,040 80.23 [3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
29 Matthew Stafford Since 2009 5,696 3,559 62.48 256 134 41,025 89.30
30 Kerry Collins 1995 – 2011 6,261 3,487 55.69 208 196 40,922 73.76
31 Joe Montana 1979 – 1994 5,391 3,409 63.24 273 139 40,551 92.26
32 Tracy Ham 1987 – 1999 CFL 4,945 2,670 53.99 284 164 40,534 86.56 [31]
33 Johnny Unitas 1956 – 1973 NFL 5,186 2,830 54.57 290 253 40,239 78.20 [3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
34 Joe Flacco Since 2008 5,932 3,670 61.87 218 141 40,067 84.10

^* = 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:

Notes:

  • ¹ The CFL's East Division has existed since 1907 but did not legalize the forward pass until 1929.
  • ² To date, these leagues have not had any quarterbacks whose career statistics rank high enough to qualify for this list. Quarterbacks who played in these leagues are still active in professional football and thus, in theory, could appear on this list in the future.

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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  12. ^ Peyton Manning breaks TD record
  13. ^ Drew Brees passes Brett Favre for most career completions
  14. ^ CALVILLO WILL NOT RETURN TO ALOUETTES THIS SEASON
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  17. ^ Pass Yards Reg+Post
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  36. ^ Claymores 1998 Statistics