Favre glad to see Peyton closing in on his touchdown record

AP

Brett Favre’s record of 508 career passing touchdowns will be broken soon, and Favre is happy about that.

Favre told the Associated Press that he’s pleased Peyton Manning, who has 503 career touchdown passes, is the quarterback who’s going to break his record — possibly as soon as Sunday against the Jets.

“I’m glad it’s Peyton that’s doing it,” Favre said. “I think a lot of Peyton. I know him well. I know his family well. His dad was one of my idols.”

Favre also owns the career records for pass attempts, completions and yards, and Manning has a shot at all those records as well, although he won’t get close until next season at the earliest. Favre said that whenever Manning passes him on the career list, he’ll be happy.

“I’m not surprised, as well as he’s been playing for so many years,” Favre said. “I think as far as wanting to hold onto the record, I mean I have no feelings of, ‘Oh, my gosh. I wish I could hold onto that.’ None whatsoever.”

The record that makes Favre proudest is starting 297 consecutive regular-season games. Manning, who started 208 straight games for the Colts before his 2012 neck surgery forced him to miss the season, won’t be breaking that one.

“I’m proud that I threw for 508 touchdowns, but I’m most proud of my consecutive games streak,” Favre said. “None of those other records are possible unless you play a long time. And I know Peyton missed a year. Aside from that year, he’s played just like I did. I mean, he’s been out there over and over and over again. And that’s the only way you amass the numbers that he has.”

Eli Manning, who has started 156 games in a row, is the closest quarterback to Favre’s start streak. To catch Favre, Eli would have to start 16 games a year into the 2023 season, when Eli will be 42 years old. That’s one record Favre probably doesn’t have to worry about anyone breaking.