Brett Favre Is Glad Peyton Manning Is Breaking His Records

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Thursday, October 9th, 2014 | 0

Brett Favre

After increasing his career touchdown pass total to 503 with four scoring strikes in the Denver Broncos’ Week 5 win over Arizona, quarterback Peyton Manning is dangerously close to broking Brett Favre’s all-time mark of 508 touchdown passes.

Manning could potentially break the record against the lowly New York Jets secondary this weekend. If he doesn’t set a new mark in Sunday, then he’ll almost certainly do it in Week 7.

Favre knows that his record about to disappear, but he’s taking it all in stride. The all-time great spoke up to the Associated Press (via to voice his happiness that it’s Manning who is rewriting the history books:

“I’m glad it’s Peyton that’s doing it. I think a lot of Peyton. I know him well. I know his family well. His dad was one of my idols.

I’m not surprised, as well as he’s been playing for so many years. I think as far as wanting to hold onto the record, I mean I have no feelings of, ‘Oh, my gosh. I wish I could hold onto that.’ None whatsoever.”

Favre accepts the fact that records are made to be broken, knowing that Manning will most likely surpass his records for most passing attempts, completions, and yards within the next year or so.

But it’s another record, that of Favre’s streak of 297 consecutive games played, that will most likely not be broken. And for all of his other illustrious accolades, that’s the one that the legend holds closest to his heart:

“I’m proud that I threw for 508 touchdowns, but I’m most proud of my consecutive games streak. None of those other records are possible unless you play a long time. And I know Peyton missed a year. Aside from that year, he’s played just like I did. I mean, he’s been out there over and over and over again. And that’s the only way you amass the numbers that he has.”

It sounds like Favre is at peace with the other records disappearing, but his Ironman streak is unlikely to be threatened. Manning will soon own most of the most prominent quarterback records in the NFL, and some of that may be due to the league now being focused on passing more than ever.

Regardless of the reason, however, Manning is making a strong push towards being considered the greatest quarterback of all-time when he is finally done playing.

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