Tom Brady won his 201st career game Sunday. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
With Tom Brady setting a new mark for most career wins for a starting quarterback on Sunday, the Patriots’ signal-caller is now able to put the next round of records in his sights. Provided he stays healthy for the next three years, here are five more individual marks than could fall to Brady before he ultimately decides to retire.
Most passing yards: Brady is currently fifth all-time; he has 60,498 for his career, while old pal Peyton Manning is tops at 71,940. This is probably a pretty tall order, especially when you consider Drew Brees is also between him and Manning, at least at this point. (The New Orleans quarterback has 64,816 career passing yards.) But if Brady has another two years of 4,000 yards, he’ll at least be in Manning’s neighborhood.
Most touchdown passes: Brady has 447 career touchdown passes, and is fourth on the all-time list. (Manning is tops at 539.) He’s 92 behind Manning. With the understanding that Brady appears ticketed for approximately 30 touchdown passes at a year at this point, if he banks another 10 between now and the end of the season, he’d still be a couple of years away. In the meantime, his stiffest competition may be Brees, who is third overall with 458 career touchdown passes.
Most passes completed: Brady is fourth overall at 5,161, while Brett Favre is tops at 6,300. Over the last decade or so, Brady has averaged between 300 and 400 completed passes a season, which means that mark could also be another three years away. (Again, this is a situation where Brees could end up finishing ahead of him — he’s third overall at 5,722.)
Most passes attempted: Brady is fifth overall at 8,094, with Favre tops at an absolutely ridiculous 10,169 passes attempts, 2,075 ahead of Brady. (Favre is almost 800 attempts ahead of Manning, who is second at 9,380.) All things being equal, this may be the toughest mountain to climb for the Patriots quarterback, as he’s averaged almost 400 attempts a year the last five years prior to 2016.
Career passer rating: This is certainly manageable for the Patriots quarterback, even though he’s currently in fourth place (97) and the three guys ahead of him in Aaron Rodgers (103.5), Russell Wilson (100.3) and Tony Romo (97.1) are all still active. He’s need at least one more really terrific year, but it’s certainly plausible to see him finishing on top here before it’s all said and done.