NFL's Best: Peyton Manning
NFL's Best: Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning ranks among the league's elite and continues to etch his name in the NFL record book.

Following his prolific 2013 campaign in which he set single-season records for passing yards and touchdowns, Manning led Denver to a 12-4 record and an AFC West title in 2014, passing for 4,727 yards with 39 touchdowns. In Week 7 against San Francisco, Manning eclipsed BRETT FAVRE (508) for the most touchdown passes in NFL history.

"It's amazing what he's done -- but then again, it's not," says Favre. "I mean that with all due respect, because of his vigilance and determination. Peyton just has the drive to excellence that has made him special. I'm not surprised by anything he does."

Peyton Manning, who is entering his 18th season, is the NFL's all-time leader in career touchdown passes (530) and ranks second in career passing yards (69,691) and completions (5,927).

"He's very smart," says New England Patriots head coach BILL BELICHICK about Manning. "He has a great understanding of concepts and timing, game management, clock management, situational football -- third down, red zone -- great utilization of the field from sideline-to-sideline and attacking the deep part of the field, very accurate, great decision-maker, quick release. I don't think there are any weaknesses in his game."

Manning needs 2,148 yards and 374 completions in 2015 to surpass Favre (71,838 yards; 6,300 completions) as the all-time leader in both categories.


Most Passing Yards Most Completions Most TD Passes
*Active (Source: NFL)
Brett Favre71,838Brett Favre6,300Peyton Manning*530
Peyton Manning*69,691Peyton Manning*5,927Brett Favre508
Dan Marino61,361Dan Marino4,967Dan Marino420
Drew Brees*56,033Drew Brees*4,937Drew Brees*396
Tom Brady*53,258Tom Brady*4,551Tom Brady*392


Peyton Manning (14) also owns the record for the most 4,000-yard passing seasons in NFL history.


Quarterback Seasons
*Active (Source: NFL)
Peyton Manning*14
Drew Brees*9
Tom Brady*7
Brett Favre6
Dan Marino6
Philip Rivers*6

Manning's success has been attributed to his preparation, focus, dedication, durability and passion for the game of football.

Former Colts head coach and NBC Sports analyst TONY DUNGY spent seven years (2002-08) with Manning in Indianapolis and has been a witness to the five-time MVP's formula for success.

"He just goes way beyond what the normal person would," says Dungy. "He's chasing perfection."


Most Associated Press NFL MVP Awards

Quarterback Seasons
*Active (Source: NFL)
Peyton Manning*5
Brett Favre3
Tom Brady*2
Joe Montana2
Aaron Rodgers*2
Johnny Unitas2
Kurt Warner2
Steve Young2

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