Indianapolis Colts legend Peyton Manning may watch his NFL records fall someday — but hopefully not!
When Colts icon Peyton Manning walked away from the game after winning one last Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos, he held an incalculable number of NFL records (well, you could calculate it, but it’s more fun to be mysterious).
Of course, every one of them was tenuous, to some degree. This is a passing league that now makes every NFL QB look like Manning in the Dome back in the early ’00s. We’re going to be worrying about some Mahomes-ish hotshot in warm weather (or Mahomes himself) lapping Manning’s yardage marks for years to come.
But, hopefully, no matter how the tenor of the game remains the same, Manning has a few amazing marks on his ledger that you probably haven’t heard about which will ideally stand the test of time.
For now, Manning’s the name written in bold in our history books. Hopefully, that continues.
3. Most Games With 80% Completion Percentage: 19
Manning’s accuracy with the Colts was like no other.
Peyton Manning combined ruthless efficiency with explosive offense in a way that was never seen before his arrival.
Today’s elite QBs (like Mahomes — yeah, we’re worried about him breathing down Manning’s neck here) throw too many times per game to take this record away, or to even really care about it. The worry here is that someone like Deshaun Watson or Lamar Jackson will rack up enough high-efficiency games with fewer pass attempts to bump up against this mark.
But for Manning to throw 55 touchdown passes in a single season and by no means become known as a checkdown artist, and to still have set this all-time mark is crazy. We never would’ve expected his perfect touch to be this perfect, so far from the line of scrimmage.