As the 2012 season winds down, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning appears poised to win the fifth NFL MVP award of his career, which would extend his record as the most-decorated MVP in league history.
Manning owns many more records and is on the verge of breaking even more. There are still two greatest passing records remaining to be broken.
Manning is on pace to throw for 37 touchdowns and 4,741 yards this season. With four years remaining on his contract, if we project Peyton to finish out his deal with Denver and throw two touchdowns and 250 yards fewer in each of his remaining seasons, he will finish his career with 79,293 yards and 561 touchdowns.
The record for the most passing yards of all time is 71,838 (held by Brett Favre). The record for the most touchdown passes of all time is 508 (which is also held by Favre).
If our projections are right, Manning will break both the passing (79,293) and touchdown (561) records—smash them, actually—before he hangs up his cleats.
For that to happen, of course, Manning will have to stay healthy and finish out his five-year deal with the Broncos. That seems unlikely, but if there's one thing we have learned this season, it has been to not doubt Manning—in anything.
Even if Manning does not reach the two greatest passing records of all time, he will still be remembered as one of the greatest QBs of all time. Here's a quick look at some of his most notable records:
(1) Needs nine completions to pass Dan Marino (4,967) for the second-most pass completions in NFL history.
(2) Owns the second-most regular-season wins (149) by a starting quarterback in NFL history, trailing only Brett Favre in that category (186). If Manning averages nine wins per season, he will be able to pass Favre on the all-time win list.
(3) Has orchestrated an NFL-record 48 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime.
(4) His 22 career AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors are tied for the most by a player since the award was initiated by the NFL in 1984.
(5) Is just the third player in NFL history with 400 career passing touchdowns, reaching the milestone in Week 1 in his 209th game to become the fastest of the three players to No. 400.
(6) Owns an NFL-record 69 games with 300 yards passing, overtaking Dan Marino in that category with his 330-yard effort in Week 3 against Houston.
(7) Has surpassed 4,000 yards in a season an NFL record 11 times during his career.
(8) Has thrown for at least 25 touchdowns in each of the 14 seasons he has played to represent an NFL record in that category.
All statistics and records were provided courtesy of the Denver Broncos' media relations team.