Awards 2014: Best Record-Breaker


Peyton Manning (Jack Dempsey/AP)

And the award goes to… Peyton Manning

Here’s to Peyton manning, who entered the Denver Broncos’ Oct. 19 game against the San Francisco 49ers needing three passing touchdowns to break Brett Favre’s all-time NFL record of 508. Manning threw two in the first quarter, found Demaryius Thomas for number 509 before halftime, added another after the break, then put his feet up and sat out the fourth quarter of a 41–17 blowout.

The manner of the in-game obliteration—and the relaxation afterwards—was in perfect sync with the shocking ease with which Manning caught Favre to take the belt.

Manning’s 500th TD pass equalled the sum total of all Cleveland Browns franchise TD passes since 1983. So, if you start on the day Manning broke 500 and count back, you will get to Nov. 27, 1983, before all the TDs thrown by all Browns pivots finally total 500. Peyton alone needed 16 years to get there; the Browns needed 31 years and 36 quarterbacks. Somehow, that seems about right.

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