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While Peyton Manning has had some fantastic seasons in his illustrious career, we mustn't forget his Indianapolis ancestor.
Unitas had, perhaps, a better all-around season in 1959, but the 1960 season was special for one particular reason: The Golden Arm was the first NFL quarterback to throw for 3,000 yards in a season.
(Frank Tripucka was technically the first professional to reach 3,000 yards, but he only beat Unitas by one day and did so on the 14th game of the AFL season.)
Unitas did it in 12.
In today's NFL, Unitas' numbers would translate to 4,132 yards and 33 touchdowns. These are monstrous numbers by 1960 standards.
Of course, we can easily take his 1959 season as well, when he threw for 2,899 yards and 32 touchdowns—3,865 yards and 43 touchdowns over a 16-game schedule—and led the Colts to a 9-3 record.