New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has set dozens of NFL records over the course of his illustrious career in the league. Today during his team’s 31-17 win over the visiting Green Bay Packers, the consensus greatest quarterback of all time set another all-time mark: the 41-year old is now the first quarterback in NFL history to gain more than 80,000 total yards in a career.
Brady set the new record in the early fourth quarter after the Patriots recovered a Packers fumble. A 17-yard pass to Phillip Dorsett on a 3rd and 7 put Brady ahead of long-time rival and fellow future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning on the combined passing yards list for regular season and playoffs. Manning ended his career with 79,978 combined yards — passing, rushing, receiving —, Brady’s connection with Dorsett put him at 79,990.
The former sixth-round draft pick turned five-time Super Bowl champion added more yardage to his total later in the game and when all was set and done ended the day at 80,074. More importantly, at least in the grand scheme of the 2018 season, is that Brady played a key role in helping New England achieve its seventh win of the year.