List of National Football League career passing completions leaders

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This is a list of National Football League quarterbacks by total career regular season pass completions. This list includes all quarterbacks who have completed at least 2,500 passes.

Players with at least 2,500 completions[edit]

Drew Brees is the all-time completions leader.
Key
^ Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
* Denotes player who is still active in the NFL

Through end of 2018 season.

Rank Player Team(s) by season Completions Attempts Pct.
1 Drew Brees* San Diego Chargers (20012005)
New Orleans Saints (2006–present)
6,586 9,783 67.32
2 Brett Favre^ Atlanta Falcons (1991)
Green Bay Packers (19922007)
New York Jets (2008)
Minnesota Vikings (20092010)
6,300 10,169 61.95
3 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts (19982011)
Denver Broncos (20122015)
6,125 9,380 65.3
4 Tom Brady* New England Patriots (2000–present) 6,004 9,375 64.04
5 Dan Marino^ Miami Dolphins (19831999) 4,967 8,358 59.43
6 Eli Manning* New York Giants (2004–present) 4,804 7,972 60.26
7 Ben Roethlisberger* Pittsburgh Steelers (2004–present) 4,616 7,168 64.4
8 Philip Rivers* San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (2004–present) 4,518 7,000 64.54
9 John Elway^ Denver Broncos (19831998) 4,123 7,250 56.87
10 Matt Ryan* Atlanta Falcons (2008–present) 4,052 6,201 65.34
11 Warren Moon^ Houston Oilers (19841993)
Minnesota Vikings (19941996)
Seattle Seahawks (19971998)
Kansas City Chiefs (19992000)
3,988 6,823 58.45
12 Carson Palmer Cincinnati Bengals (20032010)
Oakland Raiders (20112012)
Arizona Cardinals (20132017)
3,941 6,307 62.49
13 Drew Bledsoe New England Patriots (19932001)
Buffalo Bills (20022004)
Dallas Cowboys (20052006)
3,839 6,717 57.15
14 Vinny Testaverde Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19871992)
Cleveland Browns (19931995)
Baltimore Ravens (19961997)
New York Jets (19982003, 2005)
Dallas Cowboys (2004)
New England Patriots (2006)
Carolina Panthers (2007)
3,787 6,701 56.51
15 Fran Tarkenton^ Minnesota Vikings (19611966, 19721978)
New York Giants (19671971)
3,686 6,467 57
16 Aaron Rodgers* Green Bay Packers (2005–present) 3,560 5,492 64.82
17 Joe Flacco* Baltimore Ravens (20082018)
Denver Broncos (2019–present)
3,499 5,670 61.71
18 Kerry Collins Carolina Panthers (19951998)
New Orleans Saints (1998)
New York Giants (19992003)
Oakland Raiders (20042005)
Tennessee Titans (20062010)
Indianapolis Colts (2011)
3,487 6,261 55.69
19 Joe Montana^ San Francisco 49ers (19791992)
Kansas City Chiefs (19931994)
3,409 5,391 63.24
20 Matthew Stafford* Detroit Lions (2009–present) 3,372 5,405 62.39
21 Dan Fouts^ San Diego Chargers (19731987) 3,297 5,604 58.83
22 Matt Hasselbeck Green Bay Packers (19992000)
Seattle Seahawks (20012010)
Tennessee Titans (20112012)
Indianapolis Colts (20132015)
3,222 5,330 60.45
23 Donovan McNabb Philadelphia Eagles (19992009)
Washington Redskins (2010)
Minnesota Vikings (2011)
3,170 5,374 58.99
24 Dave Krieg Seattle Seahawks (19801991)
Kansas City Chiefs (19921993)
Detroit Lions (1994)
Arizona Cardinals (1995)
Chicago Bears (1996)
Tennessee Oilers (19971998)
3,105 5,311 58.47
25 Alex Smith* San Francisco 49ers (20052012)
Kansas City Chiefs (20132017)
Washington Redskins (2018–present)
3,082 4,941 62.38
26 Jay Cutler Denver Broncos (20062008)
Chicago Bears (20092016)
Miami Dolphins (2017)
3,048 4,920 61.95
27 Boomer Esiason Cincinnati Bengals (19841992, 1997)
New York Jets (19931995)
Arizona Cardinals (1996)
2,969 5,205 57.04
28 Troy Aikman^ Dallas Cowboys (19892000) 2,898 4,715 61.46
29 Steve DeBerg San Francisco 49ers (19781980)
Denver Broncos (19811983)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19841987, 19921993)
Miami Dolphins (1993)
Atlanta Falcons (1998)
2,874 5,024 57.21
Jim Kelly^ Buffalo Bills (19861996) 4,779 60.14
31 Jim Everett Los Angeles Rams (19861993)
New Orleans Saints (19941996)
San Diego Chargers (1997)
2,841 4,923 57.71
32 Johnny Unitas^ Baltimore Colts (19561972)
San Diego Chargers (1973)
2,830 5,186 54.57
33 Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys (20032016) 2,829 4,335 65.26
34 Mark Brunell Green Bay Packers (1994)
Jacksonville Jaguars (19952003)
Washington Redskins (20042007)
New Orleans Saints (20082009)
New York Jets (20102011)
2,761 4,640 59.5
35 Steve McNair Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans (19952005)
Baltimore Ravens (20062007)
2,733 4,544 60.15
36 Jon Kitna Seattle Seahawks (19972000)
Cincinnati Bengals (20012005)
Detroit Lions (20062008)
Dallas Cowboys (20092011, 2013)
2,677 4,442 60.27
37 Brad Johnson Minnesota Vikings (19941998, 20052006)
Washington Redskins (19992000)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (20012004)
2,668 4,324 61.7
38 Steve Young^ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19851986)
San Francisco 49ers (19871999)
2,667 4,149 64.28
39 Kurt Warner^ St. Louis Rams (19982003)
New York Giants (2004)
Arizona Cardinals (20052009)
2,666 4,070 65.5
40 Ken Anderson Cincinnati Bengals (19711986) 2,654 4,475 59.31
41 Jim Hart Saint Louis Cardinals (19661983)
Washington Redskins (1984)
2,593 5,076 51.08
42 Phil Simms New York Giants (19791993) 2,576 4,647 55.43
43 Ryan Fitzpatrick* St. Louis Rams (20052006)
Cincinnati Bengals (20072008)
Buffalo Bills (20092012)
Tennessee Titans (2013)
Houston Texans (2014)
New York Jets (20152016)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (20172018)
Miami Dolphins (2019–present)
2,575 4,285 60.09
44 Rich Gannon Minnesota Vikings (19871992)
Washington Redskins (1993)
Kansas City Chiefs (19951998)
Oakland Raiders (19992004)
2,533 4,206 60.22

Active players with 2,000–2,499 completions[edit]

Through end of 2018 season; numbers in completions/attempts/percentage.

Most completions & attempts, including playoff games[edit]

Bold indicates player active; minimum 10K attempts/6K completions.

1 Tom Brady 7,009 10,964 63.93
2 Drew Brees 6,994 10,399 67.26
3 Brett Favre 6,781 10,960 61.87
4 Peyton Manning 6,774 10,407 65.09

Historical passing completions leaders[edit]

Eight players are recognised as having held the record as the NFL's career pass completions leader.[1] The longest record holder was Fran Tarkenton who held the record for 20 years.

"Slinging Sammy" Baugh, the Texas Christian U. star was rated as one of the greatest of his generation.
Y A Tittle retired as the NFL's all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, completions, and games played
Johnny Unitas won an NFL title in the 50's and a Super Bowl in the 70's.
Fran Tarkenton launching a forward pass (1965)
Brett Favre had held the record from 2006 to 2018, when it was broken by Drew Brees.
Reign Player Team(s) while leader Career completions Season
19321940
(9 years)
Arnie Herber^
[2]
Green Bay Packers 37 1932
87 1933
129 1934
169 1935
246 1936
293 1937
315 1938
372 1939
410 1940
19411959
(19 years)
Sammy Baugh^
[3]
Washington Redskins 414 1941
546 1942
670 1943
761 1944
889 1945
976 1946
1,186 1947
1,371 1948
1,516 1949
1,606 1950
1,673 1951
1,693 1952–1959
19601968
(9 years)
Y. A. Tittle^
[4]
San Francisco 49ers (1960)
New York Giants (19611964)
1,696 1960
1,859 1961
2,059 1962
2,280 1963
2,427 1964–1968
19691974
(6 years)
Johnny Unitas^
[5]
Baltimore Colts (19691972)
San Diego Chargers (1973)
2,450 1969
2,616 1970
2,708 1971
2,796 1972
2,830 1973–1974
19751994
(20 years)
Fran Tarkenton^
[6]
Minnesota Vikings 2,931 1975
3,186 1976
3,341 1977
3,686 1978–1994
19952005
(11 years)
Dan Marino^
[7]
Miami Dolphins 3,913 1995
4,134 1996
4,453 1997
4,763 1998
4,967 1999–2005
20062017
(12 years)
Brett Favre^
[8]
Green Bay Packers (20062007)
New York Jets (2008)
Minnesota Vikings (20092010)
5,021 2006
5,377 2007
5,720 2008
6,083 2009
6,300 2010–2017
Since 2018
(1 year)
Drew Brees*
[9]
New Orleans Saints 6,586 2018

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NFL Passes Completed Career Leaders". PFR.
  2. ^ "Arnie Herber stats". Pro football reference.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  3. ^ "Sammy Baugh stats". Pro football reference.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  4. ^ "Y.A. Tittle". NFL.com. National Football League. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  5. ^ "Johnny Unitas stats". Pro football reference.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  6. ^ "Fran Tarkenton stats". Pro football reference.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  7. ^ "Dan Marino stats". Pro football reference.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  8. ^ "Brett Favre stats". Pro football reference.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  9. ^ "Drew Brees stats". PFRef.com. Retrieved 2018-12-23.