TAMPA, Fla. – Needing 164 passing yards on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady became the first quarterback in NFL history to reach 100. 000 career passing yards (regular season and playoffs combined).
Brady hit the mark midway through the fourth quarter, with a 15-yard pass to running back Leonard Fournette that led to a 50-yard field goal by kicker Ryan Succop. Fans cheered when public announcer Raymond James Stadium acknowledged the feat, although Brady didn’t look up when the video screen showed him on the sidelines, staring at his iPad as the Bucs hung out 13-9.
Brady then engineered a game-winning drive, with the penultimate passing touchdown in regulation of his career leading the Bucs to a 16-13 win. Brady passed Peyton Manning for the most earning records since the 1970 merger with 55.
Brady said last week that the 100,000-yard milestone was as much about the people around him as it was about his own personal achievement.
“I think for me it’s an honor for all the guys I’ve played with who’ve blocked for me, who’ve caught passes,” Brady said. “I think I can’t do s — in this league without guys also doing what they’re amazing at.”
It was the latest addition to Brady’s collection of NFL records, which in recent years has come in particularly significant games.
Last year, in Brady’s Week 4 return to Foxborough, Mass., where he led the New England Patriots to six Super Bowls in 20 seasons, he captured the record for passing yards of the NFL (regular season) in a 19-17 victory with a gain of 28 yards. pass to wide receiver Mike Evans. The record was previously held by Drew Brees at 80,358 yards.
Then, in the Bucs’ Week 13 overtime win over the Buffalo Bills last season, he clinched the NFL all-time record that was also held by Brees at 7,142, with a 20 completion. yards to Evans in the second quarter. In overtime, Brady threw his 700th career touchdown pass to Breshad Perriman, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to throw 700 career touchdown passes.
“These are great accomplishments, but as much as people want to say, ‘Oh, that’s what Tom Brady did,’ in my mind, that’s what myself and all those other people who contributed to my life have done like well,” Brady said.
When asked what he would have thought if someone had told him 23 years ago, as the 199th draft pick, that he would get 100,000 passing yards, Brady replied, “I think everyone would have said we were crazy, including me.”
“All these kinds of lifetime achievement awards, it’s great to celebrate with everyone, and one day I’ll look back and think that was pretty cool, even if my kids don’t care. probably won’t care at all,” he joked. “It’s good. It’s an honor for everyone I’ve played with.”
It’s a record that may not fall for decades — if ever — even with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes already amassing 24,531 passing yards at the start of Week 9 of his season. sixth season and fifth as a starter, and Bills quarterback Josh Allen to 18,030 passing yards. halfway through his fifth season in the NFL before Sunday.
The next closest active players are Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan, who had 64,415 passing yards heading into Sunday’s game but was benched in favor of Sam Ehlinger, and quarterback of the Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers, who had 63,054 passing yards coming in Sunday and will be 39. in December.
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