Tom Brady announced his retirement on Wednesday. We take a look at five quarterbacks who could have their eyes on his passing yards and touchdowns records.
Tom Brady’s records are no joke, and he’s set the bar especially high in the passing categories given what he accomplished in 20 seasons on the New England Patriots and three seasons on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Thanks to years of indomitable offensive lines, Brady has managed to throw for 102,614 passing yards in total, 89,214 yards of which came in the regular season and 13,400 yards of which came in the playoffs.
To no one’s surprise, he holds the record in both those categories. Brady has 737 career touchdowns, 649 of which came in the regular season.
The closest person to him in the touchdown column is former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who has 571 touchdowns.
It’s safe to say no one’s going to break Brady’s passing yards or touchdowns records in the near future, but if one were to do it, who?
Here are five current quarterbacks who could steal Brady’s honors.
Tom Brady records: 5 NFL quarterbacks with best chance to break TD, yardage marks
5. Joe Burrow
It’s much too early to tell and Joe Burrow is indeed the youngest player on this list, but the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback has shown he has a very bright future ahead of him.
Finding Burrow’s name on the all-time passing yards list requires plenty of scrolling as he sits in 30th place with 11,774 yards and a relatively measly 82 touchdowns.
That’s more than 50,000 yards of separation between him and the G.O.A.T. However, Burrow has often been compared to Brady in his early career and for good reason.
They both grew from scrawny college kids into tall and confident pocket presences. They both have a quick release time and can drive down the field in a fast-paced attack. They both have demonstrated stoic composure under pressure and can use their legs to get out of undesirable situations.
Burrow only has two years under his belt compared to Brady’s 23, yet Burrow has already taken his team to back-to-back conference championship games. The sky’s the limit for him.