The statistic illustrates the players in the National Football League who have the most passing touchdowns in league history (as of December 30th, 2019). With 539 touchdown passes, Peyton Manning holds the record for the most in NFL history. He is followed by Tom Brady with 505 career touchdowns.
The list includes all quarterbacks who have played at least four seasons in the NFL and thrown at least 100 touchdown passes. It does not include current or former New York Giants players nor does it include undrafted free agents or Canadian football players.
Some notable names on this list are future Hall of Famers Bob Hayes, Frank Gifford, Roger Staubach, and Brett Favre; as well as current coaches Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden. There have been more than one player named MVP after leading their team in touchdowns passed. The most recent example was given to Drew Bledsoe in 1994 after he threw for a league-high 39 touchdowns. His Boston College teammate Doug Flutie had previously done so in 1990 when he led the Miami Dolphins with 28 scores.
After Manning's record-breaking season in 2015, many people believed that Brady would be able to break it but he failed to do so until 2018 when he surpassed Manning's mark with his 500th career touchdown pass.
Brady is only five touchdowns away from tying Manning's record.
Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos holds the record for most touchdown passes in a season, with 55 in 2013. ... Top 25 Passing Touchdown Seasons in a Single Season
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Peyton Manning, the quarterback, placed the answer at 55. Most Passing Touchdowns in a Single Season: During the 2013 NFL season, Manning threw for 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards for the Denver Broncos. When you think about it, that's a video game number. The previous record was 50 touchdown passes thrown by Brett Favre with the Minnesota Vikings in 2009.
It's worth mentioning that two different players have tied this mark over the past few years. In 2007, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees both had 50 touchdown passes during the regular season. Last year, it took place twice more: first, Tony Romo went 50-for-50 against Dallas; then, Eli Manning did the same thing against San Francisco. Those are some impressive numbers!
The record is held by Johnny Unitas who passed for 52 touchdowns during his amazing career with the Baltimore Colts/San Diego Chargers/New York Giants from 1955 to 1968. He also had 966 yards receiving and 14 total scores through the air.
Here's how many times each player has passed for at least three touchdowns in a season:
1. Peyton Manning - 55 times
2. Tom Brady - 44 times
3. Aaron Rodgers - 33 times
4. Dan Marino - 32 times
Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos holds the record for most touchdown passes in a season, with 55 in 2013. It is also worth mentioning that he has the most 400+ yard games of any quarterback in NFL history. The other three quarterbacks have more than 50 touchdowns this year.
Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots are both very close behind with 54 touchdowns each. They are the only four quarterbacks to score more than 50 times this year.
The list of passing yards leaders is even more impressive: Manning, Brett Favre, Randall Cunningham, and Aaron Rodgers are all above 4,000 yards this season. Only five other quarterbacks have ever reached that mark: Sammy Baugh, Vinny Testaverde, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady.
Manning and Brees are the only two quarterbacks to have more than 500 pass attempts this season. They are followed by Carson Palmer of the Arizona Cardinals (477), Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers (472), and Philip Rivers of the Los Angeles Chargers (460).
Only six other quarterbacks have ever started 10 or more games in a season: Terry Bradshaw, Steve Young, Manning, Brees, Brady, and Aaron Rodgers.