Peyton Manning lived up to expectations in Week Seven, passing Brett Favre's long standing touchdown record by throwing four TDs against the San Francisco 49ers to take his total to 509 in an illustrious career.
And having drawn the acclaim of the thousands packed into Mile High Stadium to see the momentous event unfold, the veteran quarterback opted to celebrate with a nod to another record breaker who has already cemented his place in sporting folklore - Los Angeles Lakers legend Wilt Chamberlain.
Nod to a fellow record breaker
As seen in the picture above, Manning opted to grab a photo with the man to catch his record-breaking 509th touchdown, Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. In order to commemorate the achievement even further Manning grabbed a spare piece of paper from his note book and quickly scribbled down the staggering 509 total in what was clearly a nod to one of the NBA's record-breakers.
Wilt Chamberlain famously scored 100 points in a single game way back in 1962 and the post-game image of the then Philadelphia Warriors man holding a piece of paper with the points total on it is perhaps the most famous picture of the NBA's all-time record points scorer.
Chamberlain's incredible 100-point game will never be beaten, that is a near certainty due to the increased quality in professional basketball.
But what about Peyton Manning's recent achievement? Will anyone ever surpass the five-time MVP?
First things first, Peyton Manning is not done yet. He has reached 509 just seven games into the 2014 season. There is still another nine games of the current regular season to rack up plenty more touchdowns, and who knows whether the veteran will choose to go on beyond that.
Two quarterbacks currently at different ends of their career spectrum could at least get close though.
New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees has 374 TDs to date and is averaging 40 touchdowns a season over the past three years. He would still need to go on for another five seasons at least to have a shot of passing Manning however.
Young star Andrew Luck already has 65 passing touchdowns to his name just two and a half seasons into his NFL career. Aged just 25 he will certainly amount an impressive total when all is said and done in his career so long as he continues at the current rate.
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