Monday, October 20, 2014

Sport for Thought: Mr. 509 and Counting

Johnny Unitas. Dan Marino. Brett Favre. Tom Brady. All of these men are in the conversation as the greatest quarterback in NFL history. They are Super Bowl Champions, MVP's, record holders, team leaders, and just flat out WINNERS! Their is no denying any of their talent because they have the statistics to prove it. But last night we were all lucky enough to witness history, and perhaps the greatest quarterback of them all. Brand new Mr. 509 himself, Peyton Manning.

Entering the game against the San Francisco 49ers, Peyton had 506 career touchdown passes, trailing Brett Favre by just two touchdown passes on the all-time list. It did not take long for Peyton to get into a groove against the injury depleted 49er defense. He was able to break the record before halftime! Sanders, Welker, and Thomas, were lucky enough to be the recipients of the touchdown passes on his memorable day.

Already with 509 touchdown passes and counting, it is still unclear of just how many he will have at the end of his illustrious record setting career. It does not look like he plans on retiring anytime soon, and the way he has been playing, why should he? This is not just a great moment for Peyton, but also for everyone luck enough to witness this moment. Who knows when their will be a time when another quarterback will have the opportunity to even come close to breaking his record. It requires someone really special to achieve his level of success and I am happy to have witnessed his greatness.

Even Brett Favre was quick to congratulate the man that dethroned him tweeting:
Congratulations on reaching 509, but now a new countdown has began, and we will all be watching. The countdown to 600!

Alexa Fontanella is a sophomore Sport Management Major at Drexel University, from Totowa, NJ. She is currently on a Marketing and Corporate Sponsorship Co-op with Learfield Sports Marketing at the University of Pennsylvania. Alexa will also be working with Drexel Athletics on marketing strategies and game day operations for the Drexel Dragons basketball team. She is a huge New York Sports fan, specifically the Yankees and the Nets. 

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