Peyton Manning is on pace to throw 54 touchdowns in the National Football League this season. That would eclipse Tom Brady’s single-season record set in 2007 by four sweet TDs. That number would also give Manning his fourth season title, tying him for the most single-season passing touchdown records with Johnny Unitas, Brett Favre, and Steve Young. Those are some serious cannons.
Did you know only one quarterback threw more than 40 touchdowns prior to 1999, yet five have done it since? That’s proof we are truly in the era of the quarterback. These seven passing quarterbacks had the best single-season touchdown records in the history of the NFL.
1. Tom Brady
After playing college football at the University of Michigan, Tom Brady was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. At 36 years old, Brady has had 11 seasons as a starter and has led the Patriots to five Super Bowls, winning three. He has also won two Super Bowl MVP awards, has been selected to eight Pro Bowls, and currently holds the NFL record for most touchdown passes in a single season, having thrown 50 touchdowns in 2007 to break Peyton Manning’s previous record of 49.
Seasons winning the touchdown record: 2002, 2007, 2010
Team: New England Patriots
Single-season record: 50 touchdowns