The man, the myth, the legend. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has again done the seemingly impossible, having smashed former Packers and Vikings QB Brett Favre’s career total of passing touchdowns with 510 to Favre’s 509. Following another three-touchdown performance against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday October 23, Manning stands easy at 513 passing touchdowns.
Manning, who threw 3 touchdowns in a 42-10 rout of the San Francisco 49ers on October 19th, is widely heralded as one of the best signal-callers to ever play the game. Playing for the Indianapolis Colts for 14 seasons from 1998-2011 (he sat out the entirety of the 2011 season due to a neck injury), Manning garnered the NFL MVP award five times, winning Super Bowl XLI in 2007 and winning its MVP award. He was summarily released by the Colts after a dismal 2011 season, and signed by the Denver Broncos for the next season. After two disappointing playoff losses against the Baltimore Ravens (2012) and the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII, the Broncos once again appear to be the country’s premier team, with a 6-1 record and a singular loss to Seattle in overtime.
An arguably undeserved label of Manning as a great “regular season quarterback” has certainly followed him throughout his illustrious career. Dating from the 2000s Colts’ early playoff losses, this stereotype of sorts is not completely unfounded. However, it is unfair to define a quarterback solely by the performance of his supporting cast in the postseason. Manning certainly cannot be held responsible for what is beyond his control, and to question his skill due to playoff losses would be somewhat unreasonable.
Also a common occurrence, the definition of quarterbacks by their number of Super Bowl championships should soon go by the wayside. Proponents of such an idea would refer to Trent Dilfer, the forgettable signal-caller for the Super Bowl-winning Ravens in 1997, as a superior QB to Dan Marino, Fran Tarkenton, or Warren Moon (all Super Bowl ringless). Some of the most prolific passers in NFL history would be undermined thanks to an arbitrary team stat.
Peyton Manning holds the single-season NFL passing touchdowns record with a whopping 55, set last season with Denver and including a record-tying 7 passing touchdowns in ONE GAME against the Baltimore Ravens in that season’s opener. Manning leads his closest competitors in career touchdowns, Drew Brees and Tom Brady, by 136 (both stand at 377 as of this week).
Manning’s numbers alone speak for themselves in regards to being one of the best QBs to ever play the game. It’s about time his reputation reflects this.
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