Peyton Manning Now NFL’s All-Time Passing Yards Leader
While finishing just 4 yards short last week against the Indianapolis Colts, legendary Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is now the NFL’s all-time passing yards leader.
On Sunday, Manning completed a 4-yard pass to running back Ronnie Hillman in the 1st quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs:
Those 4 yards were enough to surpass Brett Favre, who had been the NFL’s all-time passing yards leader with 71,838 passing yards. Of course, breaking records is nothing new for Manning, as he’s already the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdowns (539) and was just 185 completions short of Favre’s all-time record for completions (6,300) entering Sunday.
Simply put, the 18-year veteran is one of the game’s all-time greats at quarterback. Manning is a Super Bowl Champion, 5x Most Valuable Player, 14x Pro Bowler, and 7x First-Team All-Pro. There’s no question that he’s a lock to become a first-ballot Hall of Famer and go down as one of the best to ever play the position.
While Manning has shown some obvious age and decline this season, he has demonstrated a bit more zip on his passes in recent games. Entering Sunday, he had completed 188 of 302 passes (62.3%) for 2,145 passing yards, 9 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, and a passer rating of 75.6.
However, as I write this, Manning’s already thrown 3 interceptions against the Kansas City Chiefs and apparently has thrown an interception in 9 straight games.
At age 39 and with little else to prove, it’s worth wondering whether Manning’s 18th season will in fact be it for #18. Whenever Manning retires, he’ll go down as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game, and a player that has simply transcended the sport of football.