Peyton Manning Topples Big Record

Peyton Manning was the toast of the football world on Sunday night as the the quarterback surpassed Brett Favre as the NFL's career leader in passing TDs. The quarterback completed 22 of 26 passes for 318 yards and 4 TDs to rout the San Francisco 49ers 42-17.

Manning’s third TD of the night, an eight-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas in the second quarter, was the 509th of his career and moved him past Brett Favre in the NFL’s record book.

Joe Horrigan, the Hall of Fame’s Executive Vice President of Museums, Selection Process & Chief Communication Officer, was at Sports Authority Field at Mile High to retrieve the record football.

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The Hall of Fame preserves artifacts from three previous generations of record-breaking career TD pass moments.

On display in the Hall of Fame is the jersey worn by Fran Tarkenton and the football thrown to running back Chuck Foreman on Dec. 20, 1975 against the Buffalo Bills to surpass Johnny Unitas’ career mark for TDs (290).
Dan Marino claimed the passing touchdown crown 20 years later on Nov. 26, 1995 against the Indianapolis Colts. The football, which was thrown to fullback Keith Byars to give Marino 343 career TD passes, is on display in Hall of Fame’s NFL’s First Century Gallery.
Not far from that display sits the football Brett Favre threw to wide receiver Greg Jennings on Sept. 30, 2007, against the Minnesota Vikings for his record-setting 421st career touchdown.

Here is the chronology of all the players who have owned the NFL’s career TD mark:

Player Years Career TD Passes
Elmer Oliphant 1920-21 7
Lou Smith 1920-23 8
Earl "Curly" Lambeau 1921-28 24
Red Dunn 1924-28 24
Benny Friedman 1927-1933 66
Arnie Herber 1930-1940 66
Sammy Baugh 1937-1952 187
Bobby Layne 1948-1962 196
Y.A. Tittle 1950-1964 212
Johnny Unitas 1956-1973 290
Fran Tarkenton 1961-1978 342
Dan Marino 1983-1999 420
Brett Favre 1991-2010 508
Peyton Manning 1998-present 510

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Here are the players with the most career touchdown passes:

Player Team(s) Most Career TD Passes
Peyton Manning* Indianapolis, Denver 510
Brett Favre Green Bay, NY Jets, Minnesota 508
Dan Marino Miami 420
Drew Brees* San Diego, New Orleans 374
Tom Brady* New England 372
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