Players with the most passing yards in NFL history (as of December 30th, 2018)*
Players with most passing yards in NFL history 2018
Drew Brees, quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, is currently the all-time passing leader in the National Football League (NFL) with 74,437 yards (as of December 30th, 2018). He is only one of four players in NFL history with more than 70 thousand passing yards. The other three are Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Tom Brady.

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 2010-2018 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.

First player to 80k yards?

Two active players today have a shot at reaching 80,000 passing yards in their career: Current career passing leader Drew Brees and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. Drew Brees is currently about 5,500 yards away from the mark and has a real chance to pass it with two more years of solid production. Tom Brady would probably need two more full seasons of decent production as he is still around 9,500 yards away from 80,000.
Players with the most passing yards in NFL history (as of December 30th, 2018)*
Number of passing yards
Drew Brees (2001-2018)74,437
Peyton Manning (1998-2015)71,940
Brett Favre (1991-2010)71,838
Tom Brady (2000-2018)70,514
Dan Marino (1983-1999)61,361
Ben Roethlisberger (2004-2018)56,194
Eli Manning (2004-2018)55,981
Philip Rivers (2004-2018)54,656
John Elway (1983-1998)51,475
Warren Moon (1984-2000)49,325
Fran Tarkenton (1961-1978)47,003
Matt Ryan (2008-2018)46,720
Carson Palmer (2004-2017)46,247
Vinny Testaverde (1987-2007)46,233
Drew Bledsoe (1993-2006)44,611
Dan Fouts (1973-1987)43,040
Aaron Rodgers (2005-2018)42,944
Kerry Collins (1995-2011)40,922
Joe Montana (1979-1994)40,551
Johnny Unitas (1956-1973)40,239
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December 2018

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United States

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up to December 30th, 2018

Supplementary notes

* Regular season

Players with most passing yards in NFL history 2018
Drew Brees, quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, is currently the all-time passing leader in the National Football League (NFL) with 74,437 yards (as of December 30th, 2018). He is only one of four players in NFL history with more than 70 thousand passing yards. The other three are Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Tom Brady.

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 2010-2018 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.

First player to 80k yards?

Two active players today have a shot at reaching 80,000 passing yards in their career: Current career passing leader Drew Brees and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. Drew Brees is currently about 5,500 yards away from the mark and has a real chance to pass it with two more years of solid production. Tom Brady would probably need two more full seasons of decent production as he is still around 9,500 yards away from 80,000.
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