Peyton Manning chased Dan Marino’s single season touchdown record back in 2004, setting a new record with 49 touchdowns. We all foresaw that Manning and Marino would resurface together in a record breaking conversation and that has happened today. With one touchdowns against the Carolina Panthers, Manning has now moved to second place on the All-Time touchdown list amongst quarterbacks.
Manning’s touchdown to Brandon Stokley, whom he threw to plenty of times during that 2004 season, tied Marino’s career mark of 420 touchdowns.
Moving into second place All-Time is just another notch on Manning’s Hall of Fame belt of accomplishments. Manning’s got quite a ways to go until he even flirts with Brett Favre’s record of 508 touchdowns, but Manning’s far from done in the NFL and barring some career ending injury, he’s going to make a serious run at the All-Time record.
Remember this: Brett Favre broke the Dan Marino’s record while he was in his final season with the Packers and then went on to play three more seasons. Manning us under contract for the next three seasons which means he very well could at least come within striking distance of the gunslinger.
It’s no surprise that Manning is still breaking records, but its more of an encouragement at this point. After missing all of last season (a lost season that set his chase of Marino/Favre back), seeing that Manning is still capable of breaking long standing records is just great to see. As he continues his miraculous career, Manning is showing us once again why he’s one of the best quarterbacks to have ever graced the game with his presence.