Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is approaching the NFL record for career assists, and he’s likely to beat it when he returns to New England in two weeks on Sunday Night Football.
Brady currently has 79,859 career passing yards, which means he needs exactly 500 yards to break the all-time record of 80,358 yards held by Drew Brees.
In two games this season, Brady is averaging 327.5 passing yards per game, so if he continues at about that pace he will break the record in Week 4, when he makes his highly anticipated comeback. in New England to face the Patriots.
The career distance record went from Brett Favre to Peyton Manning in 2015 and from Manning to Brees in 2018, so with Brady on the verge of breaking it in 2021, he’s broken every three years. But once Brady breaks the record, he will own it for many, many years to come. Brady is showing no signs of slowing down, so he will likely add several thousand passing yards to the record, and no one else is particularly close: Ben Roethlisberger, who is second to Brady among active players, is close to 20,000 yards behind Brady.
It’s a record Brady will likely own when he is inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame years from now, and it’s a record he’s likely to break in this season’s most anticipated game of the NFL.