The 2009 NFL Season: Upcoming Milestones

Thaddeus YeiserCorrespondent IFebruary 13, 2009

Why are milestones so great? Well, for one thing, they can help define a career. Milestones help shape a picture of how a player performed. Everyone knows about Brett Favre breaking all the records in 2007. Touchdowns, yards, wins by a quarterback, etc.

Well guess what? Those are all critical milestones.

I think one reason milestones are so important is because of how they live on. We'll forever remember Emmitt Smith breaking the all-time rushing record. We remember when Jerry Rice broke all the receiving records. We remember when Reggie White got his 100th sack. It simply lives forever. 

So here we go. This is a complete list of all the potential upcoming milestones in the 2009 NFL season. Many are predictions. You must take into account that some of these players are not currently starters, or there could be injuries involved. But barring variables, here's what could be coming up.

20,000 Passing Yards            

Jake Delhomme 17,877

Chad Pennington 17,391

Carson Palmer 15,630

30,000 Passing Yards

Donovan McNabb 29,320

Brad Johnson 29,054

Kurt Warner 28,591

Tom Brady 26,446

Drew Brees 26,258

Jeff Garcia 25,537 (Huge longshot, career long is just over 4000 yards)

Jon Kitna 27,293

Trent Green 28,475

40,000 Passing Yards


Kerry Collins 37,393


50,000 Passing Yards


Peyton Manning 45,628


10,000 Yards Rushing


Clinton Portis 9,202


100 Rushing Touchdowns


Edgerrin James 80


10,000 Receiving Yards


Hines Ward 9,780


Amani Toomer 9,497


Chad Johnson 8,905


Reggie Wayne 8,129 (Would need to break single season receiving record to reach 10,000 yards)


15,000 Receiving Yards


Isaac Bruce 14,944


Marvin Harrison 14,580


Randy Moss 13,201


1000 Career Receptions


Terrell Owens 951


Tony Gonzalez 916


Torry Holt 861


100 TD Passes


Eli Manning 98


Tony Romo 81


Phillip Rivers 78


200 TD Passes


Tom Brady 197


Donovan McNabb 194


Kerry Collins 186


Kurt Warner 182


Drew Brees 168


100 Sacks


John Abraham 84


Joey Porter 83


50 Interceptions


Ed Reed 43


Champ Bailey 43


Sammy Knight 42


Dre’ Bly 40


Coaching 50 Career Wins (Including Postseason)


Marvin Lewis 46


Lovie Smith 39


Again, many of these possible milestones will not happen. Jon Kitna, Trent Green, and Brad Johnson aren't even starters, so odds are they won't do much of anything. Torry Holt will need to nearly match the all-time receptions record to reach 1,000 receptions. Randy Moss and Reggie Wayne will need astounding seasons to reach their respective milestones.

With this in mind, though, I am confident that many of these will be accomplished next season. We'll just need to wait and see.


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