Sunday night (Oct. 19) the Denver Broncos beat the San Francisco 49ers in a blowout 42-17. Oh, and Peyton Manning became the all-time leader for most touchdown passes in NFL history.
The future Hall of Fame quarterback, 38, is having another sensational season in his third year after having spinal fusion surgery,which left many to speculate whether or not Manning would ever be the same again. Well, if anything, the surgery made him better than ever.
In his first season with the Broncos, the first time playing since his surgery, Manning broke the all-time record for most games with 300+ yards. His second year back, Manning led the Broncos to the Super Bowl (where they lost to the Seattle Seahawks). And this season, so far, Manning has passed Brett Favre (508) for the most passing touchdowns in NFL history. Manning currently sits at 510 passing touchdowns.
After the record setting 509th touchdown pass, there was a small tribute that played on the video screen and Peyton was recognized for a couple of minutes by a cheering fan base at Mile High Stadium in Denver. After the score, Peyton even played a funny game of “keep away” with the football that was thrown for the record pass.
All kidding aside, the ball will temporarily be displayed in Canton, OH at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
After the game, Manning said:
“I’m very humbled, I’m very honored. I certainly think about how grateful I am for all the teammates and coaches that I’ve played with and played for throughout my career, not only here in Denver — in Indianapolis and all the people who have helped me along the way.”