Peyton Manning Passes Brett Favre For NFL’s All-Time Regular Season TD Record
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
It’s official. Peyton Manning, 38, is the NFL’s all-time regular-season passing TD leader. Entering Sunday night’s game (October 19, 2014) versus the San Francisco 49ers, Manning was just three touchdowns short of setting the record by passing the great Brett Favre.
The Broncos made sure to break the record before the first half was done.
Over the last two seasons, Manning has eclipsed some of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL.
|ALL-TIME CAREER PASSING TOUCHDOWNS (REGULAR SEASON)|
|1||Peyton Manning||1998-present||Indianapolis, Denver||510|
|2||Brett Favre||1992-2010||Green Bay, New York (Jets), Minnesota||508|
|4-T||Drew Brees||2001-present||San Diego, New Orleans||372|
|4-T||Tom Brady||2001-present||New England||372|
After Demaryius Thomas made the record breaking catch (a great catch by the way) on a 8-yard score Peyton’s teammates played a little keepaway with Manning and the 509th TD football. This is hilarious!
“I can’t believe they actually did it,” Manning said. “We sort of joked about it during the week. I’m a little bit hurt by the fact that they could do that, that they’re kind of picking on me.” (USATODAY)
After Peyton was able to secure the milestone ball, he was mobbed on the Broncos’ sideline, greeted with bearhugs, helmet and shoulder pad slaps as Sports Authority Field at Mile High public announcer Alan Roach alerted the crowd:
“Broncos fans, you have just witnessed history,” Roach said, introducing a pre-taped video tribute that featured messages from Favre, Broncos general manager John Elway and several Broncos teammates.
The record-breaking catch was made with three minutes and nine seconds remaining in the second quarter to give the Broncos a 21-3 lead. Denver would go on to win the game 42-17.
Brett Favre still has more touchdowns thrown for games including the playoffs, 552 to Manning’s 547, but the former Green Bay Packers‘ legend jumped on Twitter to congratulate Peyton before he his sure to break that record as well.
— Brett Favre (@Favre4Official) October 20, 2014
Not only is Peyton Manning breaking longstanding records he is doing it in an efficient manner, reaching these milestones at a break neck speed.
Not to be overlooked in Peyton breaking Favre’s record: he did in 56 fewer games.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 20, 2014
In March 2012, Manning was cut from the Indianapolis Colts after four surgeries on his neck, including a spinal fusion surgery that forced him to miss an entire NFL season, making the record that much more special as even he thought his career would be over with 399 touchdowns.
“I certainly didn’t think this would be a possibility a couple of years ago,” Manning said.
“I’m very humbled and very honored. I certainly think about how grateful I am for all the teammates and coaches that I’ve played with and played for throughout my career, not only here in Denver — in Indianapolis and all the people that have helped me along the way,” Manning said. “I’ve always been a big fan of quarterbacks, whether it’s Brett Favre or Dan Marino or John Elway. I’m very honored and humbled to join a pretty unique club.”
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