TAMPA — Three games after tossing his 600th touchdown pass as an NFL quarterback, Tom Brady reached another milestone most deemed unattainable.
The 44-year-old future Hall-of-Famer eclipsed the 100,000-yard passing mark — counting pro and college — during the Bucs’ 30-10 Monday night romp of the Giants on Nov. 22.
He enters Sunday’s home game against the Bills with 100,775 total passing yards and 733 touchdowns at the game’s two highest levels, college and pro.
That’s slightly more than 57 miles.
By all recent indications, that middle-aged right arm has a bit more mileage remaining. Brady leads the NFL in passing yards (3,771) and touchdown passes (34) this season. Additionally, the Bucs (9-3) lead the NFL in pass attempts (517) after 13 weeks.
“He puts in the work, and he makes sure we’re all putting in the work,” receiver Mike Evans said Wednesday, a day after Brady was honored as Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year for the second time in his career. “You can’t half-ass anything with Tom, and that’s why he’s been so great.”
The yardage breakdown: Brady has passed for 82,975 career regular season yards as a pro (an NFL record) and 12,449 yards in the postseason (also a record).
In four seasons (1996-1999) at the University of Michigan, the latter two of which he started every game, Brady passed for 5,351 yards (including two bowl contests) and 35 TDs.
For context, Drew Brees — whose 80,358 NFL regular season yards ranks second to Brady — missed the 100,000-yard mark by nearly 2,500 yards.
Brees (97,516 pro and college yards) finished with 5,366 NFL playoff passing yards and threw for 11,792 (including bowl games) in a sparkling four-year career at Purdue.
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