Two weeks ago, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning became only the second QB in NFL history to throw for 500 touchdowns. The other? Brett Favre, who slung a record 508 in his career. With more than half the season left to play, it was inevitable that Manning would break Favre’s mark. And yesterday, he did just that.
Manning threw four touchdowns in Denver’s 42-17 romp of the 49ers Sunday. His last one of the day was the 510th of his career.
Here’s a Vine of Manning’s record-breaking 509th TD, an eight-yard toss in the second quarter to receiver Demaryius Thomas:
"I want to say congratulations for breaking the touchdown record," Favre said after yesterday’s game. "I'm not surprised. You've [Manning] been a wonderful player and I've enjoyed watching you play. I've enjoyed competing against you. I wish you great success for the rest of the season and the rest of your career."
The 38-year-old Manning should be on the last legs of his career. But his play has been at such an elite level over the past two seasons it’s easy to imagine him playing at least another couple. If he does, he could flirt with the 600 TDs mark. Even if he doesn’t reach that, though, he’s putting serious distance between the active QB with the second-highest touchdown total: the Saints’ Drew Brees, who currently has 374 touchdowns. Tom Brady is right behind him with 372 TDs.
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