Normally here on ThisIsSportsZone.com, I like to start you guys off with a weekly recap of the top performances from the 2014 rookie class.  Today however, I’d like to start off with a look at arguably, the greatest player of the last 20 years; Peyton Manning. Just about three years ago, Manning had to have surgery on his neck, and people weren’t sure if he’d ever play quarterback again the NFL. Manning has been a resillient guy throughout his career, and he came back even stronger when he signed his contract with the Denver Broncos. In the three years since, Manning has thrown for 11,954 yards (including his passing yards currently on the 2014-2015 season), 111 touchdown passes, and just 24 interceptions. The only thing that Manning really lacks in his Denver career is what would be his second career Super Bowl ring, after the blowout by the Seattle Seahawks this past February.

peyPeyton came into this season with 491 career touchdown passes, having compiled 399 scores with the Indianapolis Colts over 13 seasons, and 91 in his first two with the Broncos.  Peyton then preceded to throw three touchdowns or more in four of his teams first five games (with only two scores coming in the loss against the Seahawks in the rematch) heading into Sunday night against the 49ers, needing two to tie Brett Farve’s mark of 508 and three to break it.  He spread the wealth around, throwing his first two to Emannuel Sanders and Wes Welker, before Demaryius Thomas caught the record-breaking touchdown pass from Manning in the second quarter, with 3:09 to go.

Thomas was quoted as saying:

“I thought before the play I might have a chance, I just wanted to make sure I got my feet down. I’m grateful for the chance.”

Manning has been chasing the record for years now, and I’m not sure if anyone ever saw him breaking it. Favre was on another level when he was slinging those bullet passes for touchdowns, and although Manning has shown throughout his career that he can sling it just as well (including less times to the other team), it seemed pretty out of reach. The Denver organization also played a small tribute video to Manning after he threw his record-breaking touchdown pass. Favre, Elway and Bronco teammates of Manning were included in the video where they paid respects to Peyton. He is now the holder of both the career and single-season touchdown records, having thrown 55 touchdown passes in 2013. Three of the top five on the list for career touchdown passes are currently active players; Manning now leading the way, followed by the retired Favre and Dan Marino, and then Drew Brees and Tom Brady.  Brady and Brees are both almost 125+ touchdown passes away from the record and are around the same age as Manning. It’s safe to say that Manning is still going, and that his record will be intact for a long time, with guys like Matt Stafford and Andrew Luck only hoping to have long and successful enough careers to thrust themselves into the conversation. We still don’t know how many more touchdowns Peyton has left to throw, all that we do know is that he is the career touchdown leader, and he still has AT LEAST 10 games left to pad his record.

Peyton was very humble about breaking the all-time record and had this to say:

“Throwing touchdowns is a part of playing football, but I guess for me throwing touchdowns has helped teams I’ve been a part of win a lot of football games. I don’t think I’ve thrown a lot of touchdowns that didn’t mean something.”

Manning is without a doubt the best quarterback of this generation, he’s a class act, a Super Bowl Champion, and without a doubt the best passing quarterback in football history.

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