Brady joins Favre, Manning in the 500 TD club.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined elite company last night, becoming just the third player in NFL history to throw 500 touchdown passes. The only other players in the 500 TD club are Peyton Manning (539) and Brett Favre (508). New Orleans Saint QB Drew Brees will soon become the fourth member, as he is currently sitting on 496.
Brady's milestone moment came in the fourth quarter of New England's 38-24 victory against the Colts, when he connected with Josh Gordon on a 39-yard pass in the endzone.
"Things like that, milestones and so forth, there's so many people who contribute," Brady said after the game, according to ESPN. "I just think of all the people who have really worked hard. A quarterback doesn't throw them to himself. He needs people to catch, and block, and the defense to make plays, and coaches to coach. These are all great team awards. Pretty cool."
In finding Gordon in the endzone, Brady also set an NFL record by throwing at least one touchdown pass to 71 different players, breaking a tie with Vinny Testaverde for the most in NFL history.
"To catch any pass from Tom is amazing, let alone some history-making catch," Gordon said. "I told him, 'Congratulations' and I know there are many more from him to come. ... So I am looking forward to that and the next history point to make from him. I hope to be a part of it. It was awesome."
According to ESPN, Brady has also thrown 71 touchdown passes in the playoffs, but those don't count toward NFL record totals.