Players with most passing yards in NFL history 2021

Drew Brees, quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, is currently the all-time passing leader in the National Football League (NFL) with 80,358 yards as of February 2021. He is only one of four players in NFL history with more than 70 thousand passing yards. The other three are Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady. On Christmas Day in 2020, Brees became the first quarterback in NFL history to surpass 80,000 passing yards as he threw 311 yards in the Saints' win over the Vikings.

NFL game more pass-oriented today

Over time the game of football has evolved at the professional level. Offenses in the NFL are now putting more emphasis on the passing game as the per game average of passing yards has gone up over the past decades, increasing by more than ten percent on average in the years 2010-2019 compared to the previous decade (2000-2009). This is a contributing factor to the fact that most players on the list have played or at least finished their career after the year 2000.

Players with the most passing yards in NFL history as of February 2021

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Release date

February 2021


United States

Survey time period

as of February 3, 2021

Supplementary notes

Regular season.

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