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Tracking the History of NFL Passing Records

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 12:55 AM
Below are lists that track the history of NFL passing records.

*Year in parentheses indicates the quarterback's final season of play—statistical total to the right represents the NFL record at the time of the quarterback's retirement.

Career Passing Yards

  • Brett Favre (2010): 71,838
  • Dan Marino (1999): 61,361
  • Fran Tarkenton (1978): 47,003
  • Johnny Unitas (1973): 40,239
  • Y.A. Tittle (1964): 28,339
  • Bobby Layne (1962): 26,768
  • Sammy Baugh (1952): 21,886
  • Arnie Herber (1940): 6,749

Career Touchdown Passes

  • Brett Favre (2010): 508
  • Dan Marino (1999): 420
  • Fran Tarkenton (1978): 342
  • Johnny Unitas (1973): 290
  • Y.A. Tittle (1964): 212
  • Bobby Layne (1962): 196
  • Sammy Baugh (1952): 187
  • Arnie Herber (1940): 66
  • Benny Friedman (1934): 66

Career Pass Completions

  • Brett Favre (2010): 6,300
  • Dan Marino (1999): 4,967
  • Fran Tarkenton (1978): 3,686
  • Johnny Unitas (1973): 2,830
  • Y.A. Tittle (1964): 2,118
  • Bobby Layne (1962): 1,814
  • Sammy Baugh (1952): 1,693

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