This past weekend, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre’s NFL record for highest number of touchdown passes with his 509th pass. Manning recently threw four touchdown passes in his team’s victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Denver. He’s now at 510, with the record-breaking 8 yard pass to Demaryius Thomas with only 3:09 left in the first half of the game.
Brett Favre sent him congratulations via a scoreboard video taped from his home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The Denver Broncos’ 38-year-old quarterback said afterward, “I can’t believe they actually did it.” After he made his way back to the sideline, Manning was bombarded and wrapped into a bear hug by the head coach John Fox as announcer Alan Roach alerted the crowd to the milestone.
“Broncos fans, you have just witnessed history,” Roach said, introducing a pre-taped video tribute that featured messages from Favre, Broncos general manager John Elway and several Broncos teammates. Favre had played in a QB-record 297 straight regular-season games during his 20-year career in the NFL, along with two-dozen other games in playoffs.
“He always answered the bell every single Sunday and was always producing,” Manning said. “And growing up in the South, both of us, Brett has always said he was a big fan of my dad’s, so there’s been kind of a mutual respect there from my family to him, as well. And I always enjoyed watching him play. Nobody played the game quite like he did. He’s truly a one-of-a-kind quarterback.”
Manning’s 208-game streak ended when he had to sit out the 2011 season with neck fusion surgery. “He’s a throwback, a pocket passer, in a mobile quarterback league,” Favre said. “Peyton’s one of the last guys to play the way he does. And at 38, he’s still the best at what he does.”