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Who are the NFL's All-Time passing yards and Touchdown leaders?

Tom Brady enters NFL Week 7 as the passing touchdown leader, 598. We are bringing you NFL’s past and current all-time pass yards’ and touchdown leaders.

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Who are the NFL's All-Time passing yards and Touchdown leaders?
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Before the greatest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady, started his NFL career, Dan Marino led the passing touchdown record with 420, and Drew Brees led the passing yards record with 80,358. Now, Brady owns the passing yards record and enters NFL Week 7 of the ‘21 season with 598 career passing touchdowns.

We’re taking a trip down memory lane to show you NFL’s past and current all-time pass yards’ and passing touchdown leaders.

NFL All-Time Passing Touchdown Leaders

Tom Brady, 598 TD passes

There is no argument when it comes to Tom Brady’s talent as a quarterback. He has led the NFL in TD passes four times and now he leads it in passing yards as well, 81,268. Brady has had 3 separate Hall of Fame careers and won seven Super Bowl rings, more than any NFL franchise on its own. His move from New England to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020 only led to more success, as he threw for 40 touchdown passes with the Bucs and led them to their title as the Super Bowl LV champions.

Drew Brees, 571 TD passes

Drew Brees was the all-time leader in passing yards in 2018 and the first to surpass Peyton Manning in passing yards in the 2020 season with the New Orleans Saints. At 42, he not only retired from the NFL as the all-time leading passer, but also as the only player in NFL history to exceed 80,000 yards, 80,358.

Peyton Manning, 539 TD passes

Peyton Manning, the four-time leader in TD passes, broke the NFL single-season touchdown passing record with his 51st touchdown pass of the 2013 season. Manning spent 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and four with the Denver Broncos. He retired in 2015 with 71,940 passing yards and 539 career passing touchdowns.

Brett Favre, 508 TD passes

Brett Favre was the first NFL quarterback to reach 70,000 yards and 10,000 passes. He retired in 2010 as the player leading the league in passing yards (71,838), touchdowns (508) and quarterback wins (200). He also led the league in TD passes in three straight seasons with the Vikings, and was named Most Valuable Player consequently.

Aaron Rodgers, 424 TD passes

The 37-year-old is simply one of the most physically gifted quarterbacks in NFL history. In addition to Brady, Manning and Favre, Aaron Rodgers has also been named the NFL’s Most Valuable Players three times in his career so far (2011, 2014, 2020). Rodgers, who plays for the Green Bay Packers, has done what no other NFL player has been able to do; he registered 500-plus passing attempts and single-digit INTs for three straight seasons. He has thrown for 51,633 yards and 416 touchdowns with the Packers in his 17 seasons with them.

Philip Rivers, 421 TD passes

Rivers spent his last NFL season with the Indianapolis Colts, after 16 years with the Los Angeles Chargers. The 39-year-old retired on Jan. 10, 2021 as the fifth all-time player in passing yards (63,440) and touchdowns (421) and is considered one of the best quarterbacks without Super Bowl appearances.

Dan Marino, 420 TD passes

Dan Marino played for the Miami Dolphins for 17 seasons where he led them to the playoffs ten times and to one Super Bowl appearance in XIX, 1985.

In his second NFL season, 1984, Marino broke six NFL full-season passing records, including the records for most touchdown passes, 48, and most passing yards, 5,084. Both records were surpassed years later by Peyton Manning in 2004 (TD passes), and Drew Bree in 2011 (passing yards). Marino was then selected as the NFL's Most Valuable Player. He retired in 2000 with 61,361 yards and 420 TD passes.

According to Wikipedia, Marino has the most career victories of quarterbacks not to win a title at 155 and is considered by many to be one of the greatest players to never win a Super Bowl.

Ben Roethlisberger, 403 TD passes

Big Ben, as some people call him, is one of the most efficient passers in the NFL. The 39-year-old is ranked 6th all-time in NFL career passing yards, with 61,863. When he was only 23, he led the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 21–10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL, making him the youngest Super Bowl-winning quarterback in the NFL. And for the second time, he led his team to their second Super Bowl title in four seasons defeating the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII, 27–23.

Roethlisberger also has the fourth-highest career winning percentage (.710) as a starter in the regular season among quarterbacks with a minimum of 100 starts, as per Wikipedia.

And to top it off, he’s one of six quarterbacks in NFL history to have won at least 31 of the current 32 NFL teams.

NFL All-Time Passing Yardage Leaders

Tom brady - 81,268

Drew Brees - 80,358

Peyton Manning - 71,940

Brett Favre - 71,838

Philip Rivers - 63,440

Ben Roethlisberger - 61,863

Dan Marino - 61,361

Matt Ryan - 57,099

Eli Manning - 57,023

Aaron Rodgers - 52,681