Buccaneer quarterback Tom Brady is closing the NFL record for career passing, and he will likely break it when he returns to New England in two weeks on Sunday Night Football.
Brady currently has 79,859 career-fitting yards, meaning he needs exactly 500 yards to break the all-time record of 80,358 yards held by Drew Brees.
Through two games this season, Brady is averaging 327.5 passing yards a game, so if he continues at about that pace, he would break the record in Week Four when he returned to New England to play the Patriots.
The career that passed the yardage record changed hands from Brett Favre to Peyton Manning in 2015 and from Manning to Brees in 2018, so when Brady was ready to break it in 2021, it has been broken every three years. But once Brady breaks the record, he’s going to own it for many, many years. Brady shows no signs of slowing down, so he will likely add many thousands of passing yards to the record, and no one else is particularly close: Ben Roethlisberger, who is second behind Brady among active players, is nearly 20,000 yards behind Brady.
This is a record Brady is likely to still hold when he is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame years from now, and it is a record he is likely to break in the most anticipated game this NFL season.