NFL Career Leaders - Passing Yards per Attempt

The following is a list of the NFL career passing leaders ranked by passing yards per attempt. Statistics are current through the 2017 NFL season and include stats accrued in NFL, AFL and APFA games.

Active players are listed in bold.

Leaders based on 1500 pass attempts

      Passing
Player Gms Att Cmp Pct Yds YPA Int TD Rating
1. O. Graham 72 1,565 872 55.7 13,499 8.63 94 88 78.2
2. S. Luckman 128 1,744 904 51.8 14,686 8.42 132 137 75.0
3. N. Van Brocklin 140 2,895 1,553 53.6 23,611 8.16 178 173 75.1
4. S. Young 169 4,149 2,667 64.3 33,124 7.98 107 232 96.8
5. K. Warner 125 4,070 2,666 65.5 32,344 7.95 128 208 93.7
6. T. Romo 150 4,335 2,829 65.3 34,183 7.89 117 248 97.1
7. A. Rodgers 149 4,895 3,188 65.1 38,502 7.87 78 313 103.8
8. B. Roethlisberger 200 6,493 4,164 64.1 51,065 7.86 174 329 94.0
9. E. Brown 154 1,987 949 47.8 15,600 7.85 138 102 62.8
10. B. Starr 196 3,149 1,808 57.4 24,718 7.85 138 152 80.5
11. R. Wilson 96 2,834 1,815 64.0 22,176 7.83 56 161 98.8
12. J. Unitas 211 5,186 2,830 54.6 40,239 7.76 253 290 78.2
13. P. Rivers 196 6,492 4,171 64.2 50,348 7.76 166 342 94.8
14. E. Morrall 255 2,689 1,379 51.3 20,809 7.74 148 161 74.1
15. K. Cousins 62 2,096 1,372 65.5 16,206 7.73 55 99 93.7
16. D. Fouts 181 5,604 3,297 58.8 43,040 7.68 242 254 80.2
17. L. Dawson 211 3,741 2,136 57.1 28,711 7.67 183 239 82.6
18. R. Staubach 131 2,958 1,685 57.0 22,700 7.67 109 153 83.4
19. P. Manning 266 9,380 6,125 65.3 71,940 7.67 251 539 96.5
20. T. Green 120 3,740 2,266 60.6 28,475 7.61 114 162 86.0
21. M. Schaub 145 3,274 2,093 63.9 24,867 7.60 90 133 89.1
22. D. Brees 250 9,294 6,222 66.9 70,445 7.58 228 488 96.7
23. S. Jurgensen 218 4,262 2,433 57.1 32,224 7.56 189 255 82.6
24. D. Culpepper 106 3,199 2,016 63.0 24,153 7.55 106 149 87.8
25. J. Winston 45 1,544 939 60.8 11,636 7.54 44 69 87.2
26. J. Montana 192 5,391 3,409 63.2 40,551 7.52 139 273 92.3
27. F. Ryan 126 2,133 1,090 51.1 16,042 7.52 111 149 77.6
28. T. Brady 253 8,805 5,629 63.9 66,159 7.51 160 488 97.6
29. S. Grogan 149 3,593 1,879 52.3 26,886 7.48 208 182 69.6
30. M. Ryan 158 5,593 3,630 64.9 41,796 7.47 126 260 93.4
31. L. Dickey 152 3,125 1,747 55.9 23,322 7.46 179 141 70.9
32. E. LeBaron 134 1,796 898 50.0 13,399 7.46 141 104 61.4
33. D. Meredith 104 2,308 1,170 50.7 17,199 7.45 111 135 74.8
34. D. White 166 2,950 1,761 59.7 21,959 7.44 132 155 81.7
35. B. Nelsen 90 1,905 963 50.6 14,165 7.44 101 98 70.2
36. Y. Tittle 166 3,817 2,118 55.5 28,339 7.42 221 212 73.6
37. J. Kelly 160 4,779 2,874 60.1 35,467 7.42 175 237 84.4
38. C. Morton 207 3,786 2,053 54.2 27,908 7.37 187 183 73.5
39. K. Stabler 184 3,793 2,270 59.8 27,938 7.37 222 194 75.3
40. D. Lamonica 151 2,601 1,288 49.5 19,154 7.36 138 164 72.9
41. J. Namath 140 3,762 1,886 50.1 27,663 7.35 220 173 65.5
42. B. Wade 128 2,523 1,370 54.3 18,530 7.34 134 124 72.2
43. D. Marino 242 8,358 4,967 59.4 61,361 7.34 252 420 86.4
44. K. Anderson 192 4,475 2,654 59.3 32,838 7.34 160 197 81.9
45. C. Palmer 182 6,307 3,941 62.5 46,247 7.33 187 294 87.9
46. C. Newton 109 3,420 2,001 58.5 25,074 7.33 94 158 85.3
47. B. Waterfield 91 1,617 814 50.3 11,849 7.33 128 97 61.6
48. B. Griese 161 3,429 1,926 56.2 25,092 7.32 172 192 77.1
49. S. Baugh 165 2,995 1,693 56.5 21,886 7.31 203 187 72.2
50. B. Esiason 187 5,205 2,969 57.0 37,920 7.29 184 247 81.1