New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady became the third player in NFL history to throw 500 career passing touchdowns, reaching the mark in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Brady got his 500th touchdown when he connected with wide receiver Josh Gordon on a 39-yard pass with 9:19 left. Peyton Manning (539) and Brett Favre (508) are the only other quarterbacks to pass for 500 touchdowns or more.
“Things like that, milestones and so forth, there’s so many people who contribute,” Brady said after the team’s 38-24 victory. “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.”
This is not the only milestone Brady reached as he 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.