Tom Brady’s list of accomplishments is quite extensive. His three league MVPs, four Super Bowl MVPs, and five Super Bowl rings are just the tip of the iceberg on a career that has made marks all across NFL record books. Brady added on to that list during Sunday’s game in Minnesota.
Brady’s touchdown to Josh Gordon on Sunday gave him his 508th career regular season touchdown, tying him for third all-time with Brett Favre. He is now only behind Peyton Manning and Drew Brees for most all time.
That touchdown also gave Brady his 579th total passing touchdown for his career, combining both regular season and playoff numbers. That tied him with Peyton Manning for the most career total touchdowns of all time.
This all came just a week after Brady passed Manning for most total career passing yards of all time. He currently sits in first place with 79,727 career passing yards.
Brady’s passing milestones will continue to pile up this season. Barring an unforeseen instance such as an injury, Brady will very likely become the first player in NFL history to reach 80,000 career passing yards. He needs only 273 more yards to reach that mark. Brady will also likely become the fourth player in NFL history to pass for 70,000 career regular season passing yards. He will need 499 yards over the last four weeks of the season to break that mark.
Looking ahead, Brady will also break even more milestones next season, assuming that he returns for the 2019 season. He needs only 2439 passing yards to jump both Manning and Favre for second in all-time regular season passing yards. Brady also needs only 31 regular season passing touchdowns to tie Manning for most all time (or second most depending on how Brees performs). Those are both within reach for Brady over the next calendar year.
Sunday also saw the most important milestone of all. After a three-yard scramble early in the game, Brady finally reached 1000 career rushing yards. This has been a running joke for the future Hall of Famer all year as he closed in on the thousand mark. Obviously, Brady has never been a prolific runner by any stretch of the imagination. It is more of a fun fact than anything else that the Clydesdale, as he is affectionately known as, has finally hit that milestone. He also set another NFL record by doing so. It took Brady more games than anyone else to reach 1000 rushing yards, at 265. Certainly not the most impressive record, but an enjoyable one nonetheless.
Also important to note, ESPN Stats and Info reported that Brady has lost 161 yards in his career due to kneel downs. He would’ve hit his goal much sooner had it not been for those, and that should be noted with an asterisk in his record book. Give the man his due.