Tom Brady Becomes NFL's All-Time Leader in Total Passing Yards

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2018

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) warms up before an NFL football game against the New York Jets Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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New England Patriots superstar quarterback Tom Brady became the league's all-time leader in passing yards, regular season and postseason combined, on Sunday. 

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Tom Brady (79,280) moves past Peyton Manning (79,279) for the most total passing yards in @NFL history (regular and postseason). #NEvsNYJ | #GoPats

In terms of regular-season passing yards, Brady remains fourth all-time behind Drew Brees (73,580), Peyton Manning (71,940) and Brett Favre (71,838).

The 13-time Pro Bowler, five-time champion and five-time MVP holds a number of NFL records already (h/t Adam Stites of MSN.com):

  • Division titles (15)
  • Playoff games started (37)
  • Playoff wins (27)
  • Playoff touchdown passes (71)
  • Playoff passing yards (10,226)
  • Super Bowl appearances (8)
  • Super Bowl wins (5)
  • Super Bowl MVPs (4)
  • Super Bowl touchdown passes (18)
  • Super Bowl passing yards (2,576)

There are more, of course, and Brady will almost assuredly add further NFL records to his name before he calls it quits. The 41-year-old is likely more interested in adding to his Super Bowl victories, however, and the Patriots remain a major threat to win another title.

While the team hasn't looked to be on quite the same level as the New Orleans Saints or Los Angeles Rams this season, the Patriots do have wins over two of the AFC's top teams in the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans. A Week 15 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers could also be a huge contest for AFC playoff positioning. 

Coming into Sunday, Brady was having another solid year, if not a vintage one, passing for 2,748 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions while completing 65.2 percent of his passes. He threw for 180 yards and a score against the New York Jets in the first half Sunday.

Brady won't play forever, but no record is safe while he remains active.