Denver, CO. Peyton this, Peyton that. We are only three days into the Denver Broncos 2012 training camp, and already each and every movement #18 makes is being scrutinized beyond belief. Is he moving OK? How is his zip on the ball? Is he as accurate as he was in Indy? Does his neck look healthy? How is his timing with his new receivers? Does he have complete command of the offense yet? What did he have for lunch?…..Did I miss anything?…..We knew it was going to be this way, even back in March when he signed on the dotted line. Although the coverage is a bit overkill even for the most avid Broncos fans, all signs point to Manning having the motivation and health to have a superb season ahead. Even with missing last year entirely, he has played 13 seasons in the NFL at a remarkably high level. The regular season numbers he has put up are some of the best of all-time. Peyton has always seemed to be a man of his word, so signing the 5 year deal to become a Denver Bronco apparently means he intends on playing five more years. If his health holds up, and he knocks the rust off from missing all of 2011, he is the kind of QB who could still be playing at age 40. If this is the case, there are some all-time NFL passing records that are in serious jeopardy of being broken. Brett Favre, Dan Marino, and John Elway….The new sheriff in Denver may obliterate all of their records when it’s all said and done.
Say what you will about Brett Favre and how his career ended, but he put up some ridiculous numbers. His consecutive starts streak was truly unbelievable, and his days in Green Bay were legendary. One of the most amazing records is his 71,838 career passing yards. He is number one by a mile, however Peyton Manning ranks third on the list at 54,828. If Peyton continues at his average of 4,217 yards per season, he could break this mark early in 2016, at the age of 40. With guys throwing for 5,000 yards nowadays, maybe he could aim for the year 2015 instead. Bottom line though, is that it is within reach. Brett Favre also has the all-time passing TD mark of 508. Peyton is at 399, which is obviously 109 less. Manning has averaged almost 31 TD’s per season, so at that pace the record could be his in 4 seasons. How about career completions? Favre again has this record, with exactly 6,300. Manning is 1,608 behind, so at his current average of 360 completions per year, we are again looking at the year 2016. The passing yards per game record is a bit tricky because it involves a current player as the all-time leader. Drew Brees holds the mark at 264.6 yards passing per game, with Peyton right behind him at 263.6. This one is anyone’s guess, and will be fun to watch play out over the next several years. The final big-time record that many fans look at is 4th quarter comebacks. The all-time leader is Dan Marino with 36. Tied at 35 is John Elway and Peyton Manning. Hmm….with two out of these three guys having been retired for many years, this should be one that Peyton breaks, as early as sometime this year.
All eyes are on Denver, and will be for the entire season ahead. All NFL fans will want to see how #18 does in his new city leading his new team. What will also be interesting to see, is if he can be his usual self and be as productive as he was in Indianapolis. All signs point to Broncos fans witnessing a Peyton Manning having 100% health going forward. If this is the case, the record books could be in for some major changes.
Denver Sports by J Simp
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