NFL Yearly Leaders - Pass Attempts

The following is a list of the NFL yearly passing leaders ranked by pass attempts. Statistics are current through the 2018 NFL season and include stats accrued in NFL, AFL and APFA games.

      Passing
Year Player Team Att Cmp Pct Yds Int TD Lg Rating
2018 A. Luck Ind 288 186 64.6 1,792 8 16 42 88.8
2017 T. Brady NE 581 385 66.3 4,577 8 32 64t 102.8
2016 D. Brees NO 673 471 70.0 5,208 15 37 98t 101.7
2015 P. Rivers SD 661 437 66.1 4,792 13 29 80t 93.8
2014 D. Brees NO 659 456 69.2 4,952 17 33 69t 97.0
2013 P. Manning Den 659 450 68.3 5,477 10 55 78t 115.1
2012 M. Stafford Det 727 435 59.8 4,967 17 20 57 79.8
2011 M. Stafford Det 663 421 63.5 5,038 16 41 73t 97.2
2010 P. Manning Ind 679 450 66.3 4,700 17 33 73t 91.9
2009 M. Schaub Hou 583 396 67.9 4,770 15 29 72t 98.6
2008 D. Brees NO 635 413 65.0 5,069 17 34 84t 96.2
2007 D. Brees NO 652 440 67.5 4,423 18 28 58 89.4
2006 B. Favre GB 613 343 56.0 3,885 18 18 82t 72.7
2005 B. Favre GB 607 372 61.3 3,881 29 20 59 70.9
2004 T. Green KC 556 369 66.4 4,591 17 27 70t 95.2
2003 B. Johnson TB 570 354 62.1 3,811 21 26 76t 81.5
2002 R. Gannon Oak 618 418 67.6 4,689 10 26 75 97.3
2001 J. Kitna Cin 581 313 53.9 3,216 22 12 49 61.1
2000 V. Testaverde NYJ 590 328 55.6 3,732 25 21 63 69.0
1999 B. Favre GB 595 341 57.3 4,091 23 22 74t 74.7
1998 P. Manning Ind 575 326 56.7 3,739 28 26 78t 71.2
1997 D. Marino Mia 548 319 58.2 3,780 11 16 55 80.7
1996 D. Bledsoe NE 623 373 59.9 4,086 15 27 84t 83.7
1995 D. Bledsoe NE 636 323 50.8 3,507 16 13 47t 63.7
1994 D. Bledsoe NE 691 400 57.9 4,555 27 25 62t 73.6
1993 J. Elway Den 551 348 63.2 4,030 10 25 63 92.8
1992 D. Marino Mia 554 330 59.6 4,116 16 24 62t 85.1
1991 W. Moon Hou 655 404 61.7 4,690 21 23 61t 81.7
1990 W. Moon Hou 584 362 62.0 4,689 13 33 87t 96.8
1989 D. Majkowski GB 599 353 58.9 4,318 20 27 79t 82.3
1988 D. Marino Mia 606 354 58.4 4,434 23 28 80t 80.8
1987 N. Lomax Stl 463 275 59.4 3,387 12 24 57 88.5
1986 D. Marino Mia 623 378 60.7 4,746 23 44 85t 92.5
1985 J. Elway Den 605 327 54.0 3,891 23 22 65t 70.2
1984 D. Marino Mia 564 362 64.2 5,084 17 48 80t 108.9
1983 B. Kenney KC 603 346 57.4 4,348 18 24 53 80.8
1982 J. Montana SF 346 213 61.6 2,613 11 17 55 88.0
1981 D. Fouts SD 609 360 59.1 4,802 17 33 67t 90.6
1980 D. Fouts SD 589 348 59.1 4,715 24 30 65 84.7
1979 S. DeBerg SF 578 347 60.0 3,652 21 17 50 73.1
1978 F. Tarkenton Min 572 345 60.3 3,468 32 25 58t 68.9
1977 J. Ferguson Buf 457 221 48.4 2,803 24 12 42 54.8
1976 J. Zorn Sea 439 208 47.4 2,571 27 12 80t 49.5
1975 F. Tarkenton Min 425 273 64.2 2,994 13 25 46 91.8
1974 J. Hart Stl 388 200 51.5 2,411 8 20 80t 79.5
1973 R. Gabriel Phi 460 270 58.7 3,219 12 23 80t 86.0
1972 A. Manning NO 448 230 51.3 2,781 21 18 66t 64.6
1971 J. Hadl SD 431 233 54.1 3,075 25 21 77t 68.9
1970 R. Gabriel LA 407 211 51.8 2,552 12 16 71 72.2
1969 D. Lamonica (AFL) Oak 426 221 51.9 3,302 25 34 80t 79.8
  S. Jurgensen (NFL) Was 442 274 62.0 3,102 15 22 88t 85.4
1968 J. Hadl (AFL) SD 440 208 47.3 3,473 32 27 84t 64.5
  J. Brodie (NFL) SF 404 234 57.9 3,020 21 22 65t 78.0
1967 J. Namath (AFL) NYJ 491 258 52.5 4,007 28 26 75t 73.8
  S. Jurgensen (NFL) Was 508 288 56.7 3,747 16 31 86t 87.3
1966 J. Namath (AFL) NYJ 471 232 49.3 3,379 27 19 77t 62.6
  S. Jurgensen (NFL) Was 436 254 58.3 3,209 19 28 86t 84.5
1965 G. Blanda (AFL) Hou 442 186 42.1 2,542 30 20 95t 47.9
  J. Brodie (NFL) SF 391 242 61.9 3,112 16 30 59t 95.3
1964 G. Blanda (AFL) Hou 505 262 51.9 3,287 27 17 80t 61.4
  C. Johnson (NFL) Stl 420 223 53.1 3,045 24 21 78t 69.4
1963 G. Blanda (AFL) Hou 423 224 53.0 3,003 25 24 80t 70.1
  C. Johnson (NFL) Stl 423 222 52.5 3,280 21 28 78t 79.5
1962 F. Tripucka (AFL) Den 440 240 54.5 2,917 25 17 96t 64.4
  B. Wade (NFL) Chi 412 225 54.6 3,172 24 18 73t 70.0
1961 A. Dorow (AFL) NYT 438 197 45.0 2,651 30 19 68 50.7
  J. Unitas (NFL) Bal 420 229 54.5 2,990 24 16 72t 66.1
1960 F. Tripucka (AFL) Den 478 248 51.9 3,038 34 24 80t 58.9
  J. Unitas (NFL) Bal 378 190 50.3 3,099 24 25 80t 73.7
1959 J. Unitas Bal 367 193 52.6 2,899 14 32 71 92.0
1958 N. Van Brocklin Phi 374 198 52.9 2,409 20 15 91t 64.1
1957 J. Unitas Bal 301 172 57.1 2,550 17 24 82t 88.0
1956 T. Rote GB 308 146 47.4 2,203 15 18 66 70.6
1955 J. Finks Pit 344 165 48.0 2,270 26 10 62 47.7
1954 T. Rote GB 382 180 47.1 2,311 18 14 82 59.1
1953 G. Blanda Chi 362 169 46.7 2,164 23 14 72 52.3
1952 O. Graham Cle 364 181 49.7 2,816 24 20 68 66.6
1951 B. Layne Det 332 152 45.8 2,403 23 26 63 67.6
1950 B. Layne Det 336 152 45.2 2,323 18 16 82 62.1