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We’ve spent much of this week looking at all-time NFL records, so I figured why stop now? Today’s top ten details the league’s all-time leading passing yardage leaders. You’ll see pretty much every one of the names you’d expect to, including several current players. 

 

Top Ten NFL All-Time Passing Leaders

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1. Brett Favre, current high school coach and NFL great, threw for 71,838 yards during his 2 decades in the league. Favre spent the vast majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers (as if you didn’t know this), then finished with brief stints at the New York Jets and the Minnesota Vikings, finally retiring for good in 2010. 

 

2. Peyton Manning, who may never actually quit playing football, is entering his 17th year in the NFL. Manning spent 14 years with the Indianapolis Colts before joining the Denver Broncos prior to the 2012 season. To date, Manning has thrown for 64,964 yards. 

 

3. Though Dan Marino famously (infamously?) was never able to bring a Super Bowl title to Miami during his 17 years with the Dolphins, he still had an illustrious career. Marino threw for 61,361 yards before hanging up his cleats in 1999. 

 

4. John Elway, who entered the league inn 1983 (the same year as Marino), spent 16 seasons with the Denver Broncos and threw for a total of 51,475 yards. Elway remains an instrumental part of the Broncos organization and played a huge role in bringing Manning to Colorado. 

 

5. Drew Brees, whose New Orleans Saints look incredible (at least on paper) heading into the 2014 season, has thrown for 51,081 yards during his 13 year career. Brees, who was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 2001, ought to easily overtake Elway for the No. 4 spot this year. 

 

6. Warren Moon, who spent 17 years in the league playing for 4 different teams (the Oilers, the Vikings, the Seahawks, and, finally, the Chiefs), threw for 49,325 total yards over the course of his career. 

 

7. The New England Patriots’ Tom Brady, a 7th round draft pick, essentially came out of nowhere during the 2000 NFL season. Since then, Brady has passed for 49,149 yards and should move up to the No. 6 spot on this list with no trouble in 2014. 

 

8. Fran Tarkenton, who is now aged 74, was an NFL fixture during the 1960s and 1970s. Tarkenton played for the Minnesota Vikings, the New York Giants, and then the Vikings again, racking-up a total of 47,003 passing yards. 

 

9. Over Vinny Testaverde's 21 year long NFL career, he played for 7 teams (that’s nearly a quarter of the league, people) and amassed 46,223 passing yards. Testaverde finally retired in 2007 after stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Cleveland Browns, the Baltimore Ravens, the New York Jets, the Dallas Cowboys, the New England Patriots, and the Carolina Panthers. He sure made the rounds.

 

10. Drew Bledsoe spent 14 seasons in the NFL, playing for the New England Patriots, the Buffalo Bills, and the Dallas Cowboys during that time. Bledsoe passed for 44,611 yards in his career.

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