By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: October 19th, 2014 at 9:48 pm EST
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has added another record to his historic career. Tonight, on Sunday Night Football against the San Francisco 49ers, he now has the most touchdown passes ever.
Manning threw his 509 touchdown, the record-breaking reception, to Demaryius Thomas for an 8-yard touchdown. Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre took the record from legendary Miami Dolphins Dan Marino in 2007.
Following the play, his teammates celebrated with him. It only took 27 minutes for Manning to break the record.
With this feat, Manning could be the record so far out of reach that nobody could ever surpass it, depending on how long he plays. He could make it to 600 touchdown passes, if he plays one or two more seasons.
The football that Manning threw to Thomas will now go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Manning may have wanted to keep it, but since he knows his place in history, he will understand why it is in the Hall of Fame, a place he will go six years after he retires from the game.
Manning needed just three touchdowns to break the record, which he did in the second quarter. Emmanuel Sanders caught the first touchdown of the evening for 507 before Wes Welker caught the second for 508, tying Favre’s record.
Manning and Favre are the only quarterbacks to throw more than 500 touchdown passes. Marino retired in 1999 with 420 TD’s, which is third most – and the only quarterback currently between 400 and 500 touchdowns.
Both New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees are tied with 372 touchdowns.