From a career standpoint, the NFL’s all-time greatest achievements are immortalized in the statistics and records of the teams and players throughout their careers. As we move through the 2013 season, there are a number of Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, Running Backs and Tight Ends playing today who are moving through the ranks improving their career standings on a weekly basis. As a true football fan I watch the games each week without judgment and revel in the entertainment factor and true competition of the game. The ultimate chess match as coaches and players battle each another in the ultimate real game of chess. At the end of the season there is only one team left holding the coveted Lombardi Trophy. Join me on a weekly basis as we review the action in the NFL and update the players and their rankings on the list of all-time great players. It is an exciting time to be a football fan.
2013 NFL WEEK 4 REVIEW
This year is marked by the standards Peyton Manning has set for the season on his continued quest to become the number one guy in all major NFL Quarterback records. As week 4 closes, Peyton Manning is the leader in passing yards with 1,470 yards just slightly ahead of Drew Brees and leads the league in passing touchdowns with 16 touchdowns in just the first four games with zero interceptions. On top of that he has led the Denver Broncos to a 4-0 start to the season.
- Peyton Manning, with his performance this week, moves closer to overtaking the legendary Dan Marino in most passing yards during his career. If he continues to perform as he has, Manning should pass Marino next week to assume the #2 spot behind Brett Favre.
- Other notables in Week 4 as Drew Brees moved past Fran Tarkenton to take the #6 slot for NFL Career Passing Yards at 47,353 yards since 2001.
- Ben Roethlisberger passed Norm Snead and moves into the #35 slot for NFL Career Passing Yards and also moved up one spot to join Steve DeBerg, Joe Ferguson, Bobby Layne and Norm Snead at 196 Touchdowns in the #35 slot for NFL Career Passing Touchdown Leaders.
- Philip Rivers passed Phil Simms and Ken Anderson on the list of most Touchdowns by a Quarterback and now holds the #32 slot with 200 Touchdowns.
- Carson Palmer moved past Bob Griese to the #37 slot with his 193rd Touchdown pass.
- Tony Romo completed 2 Touchdown passes moving him up to the #40 spot for NFL Career Passing Touchdown Leaders knocking Mark Brunell and Craig Morton off the Top 40 List of Career Passing Touchdown Leaders.
RUNNING BACK LEADERS
- Adrian Peterson passed Ahman Green on the all-time NFL Career Rushing Yards list to #32 behind Earl Campbell with 9,270 rushing yards since 2007. Peterson eclipses Edgerrin James and shares the #14 spot with Ottis Anderson with 81 Career Rushing Touchdowns.
- Frank Gore moved up the NFL Career Rushing Touchdowns list to #36 sharing the spot with Marion Barber and Chuck Foreman with 53 Touchdowns.
- Marshawn Lynch joins the Top 40 NFL Career Rushing Touchdown list sharing the spot with James Brooks, Rick Casares, Warrick Dunn, Rodney Hampton and Rudi Johnson.
WIDE RECEIVER LEADERS
- Andre Johnson passed Steve Smith on the NFL Career Receiving Yards list moving to #23 all time with 11,622 yards.
- Antonio Gates, a Tight End, moved past Mark Clayton, Irving Fryer, Tommy McDonald and Andre Rison to #12 on the all-time Career Receiving Touchdowns list to join Paul Warfield, Hines Ward and Lance Alworth with 85 Touchdowns.
- Reggie Wayne and Larry Fitzgerald both moved up one spot to #15 on the NFL Career Receiving Touchdown list passing Charley Taylor and Harold Carmichael.
- Anquan Boldin moved up one spot to #32 passing Mark Duper and Marques Colston. He joins Gene Washington, Jerry Smith, Elroy Hirsh and Drew Hill at 60 Touchdowns.
- Calvin Johnson moved up one spot to #34 all-time with 58 Touchdowns passing Otis Taylor. He shares the #34 spot with Hugh Taylor, Joe Horn, Gary Garrison and Chris Chambers.
- Greg Jennings moved up 2 spots from #39 to #37 on the all-time Top 40 Career Receiving Touchdowns list with 55 Touchdowns joining Chris Burford, Anthony Carter and Ed McCaffrey.
The nostalgia I feel every time I look at these list and see so many great players in NFL history and the ones we get to watch today as they continue to perform. Only time will tell where they finish their careers and how they rank on these lists. Some will make it to the Hall of Fame and others will just have their names on the record books and in the hearts of true fans.