The 400 club now has a fourth member. With a one-yard pass to Danny Amendola in Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tom Brady joined Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Dan Marino as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for 400 career touchdown passes.
Bleacher Report commemorated the achievement:
Brady, 38, is now 20 touchdowns behind Marino for third on the all-time list. Manning and Favre are the only players in NFL history with at least 500 touchdown passes. (Manning is the league's all-time leader with 533.)
The milestone comes in a game the NFL would have preferred Brady not be playing in. The league suspended the New England Patriots star for the first four games of 2015 as part of the Deflategate scandal, but a federal judge overruled the penalty. That decision has helped propel New England to a 2-0 start and get Brady to the 400-touchdown plateau before New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
Brees entered the weekend with 398 career touchdowns, putting him one behind Brady. It's likely the two future Hall of Famers will trade off fourth place on the list throughout the season as they pursue Marino in third place.
Once Brady passes Marino, it will all be a matter of how long the Patriots signal-caller plays to see if he can catch Favre. He's currently under contract through the 2017 season, which would probably put him right on the edge of the 500-touchdown plateau if healthy. Having thrown for at least 33 touchdowns in four of the last five seasons, Brady would need to add another 30 or so in 2015 to give himself a realistic shot.
As it stands now, though, Brady's one of four players in history to hit the 400-touchdown mark. He already has four Super Bowl rings. Nearly every pundit considers him among the NFL's best quarterbacks in history, and some even consider him the best.
This accomplishment is just another thing to add to the mantle.