Brady first in NFL to reach 100K passing yards

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady on Sunday became the first quarterback in NFL history to reach 100,000 career passing yards.

Tom Brady first in NFL history to reach 100,000 passing yards 7:11 PM ET Jenna LaineESPN Staff Writer Close Covered the Buccaneers since 2009 Joined ESPN in 2016 TAMPA, Fla. -- Needing 164 passing yards Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams , Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady became the first quarterback in NFL history to reach 100,000 career passing yards (combined regular season and postseason). Brady reached the milestone midway through the fourth quarter, with a 15-yard completion to running back Leonard Fournette that led to a 50-yard field goal by kicker Ryan Succop . Fans cheered as the Raymond James Stadium public address announcer recognized the achievement, although Brady did not look up when the video screen showed him on the sideline, starting down at his iPad as the Bucs trailed 13-9. Brady said earlier this week that the milestone was just as much about the people around him as it was his own personal achievement. "I think for me it's a credit to all the guys that I've played with, and who have blocked for me, who have caught passes," Brady said. "I think I can't do s--- in this league without guys doing what they are amazing at, too." Editor's Picks Setting an unreachable milestone? Tom Brady nears 100,000 passing yards 5d Stephen Holder Bucs rule 3 starters out, expect key players back 2d Jenna Laine 2 Related It was the latest addition in Brady's collection of NFL records that in recent years have come in particularly meaningful games. Last year, in Brady's Week 4 return to Foxborough, where he led the New England Patriots to six Super Bowls in 20 seasons, he captured the NFL's passing yards record (regular season) in a 19-17 victory with a 28-yard pass to wide receiver Mike Evans . The record previously was held by Drew Brees at 80,358 yards. Then in the Bucs' Week 13 overtime victory over the Buffalo Bills last season, he grabbed the NFL's all-time completions record that also had been held by Brees at 7,142, with a 20-yard completion to Evans in the second quarter. In overtime, Brady threw his 700th career touchdown pass to Breshad Perriman , becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to throw 700 career touchdown passes. "They're great achievements, but for as much as people want to say, 'Oh, this is what Tom Brady did,' in my mind, this is what myself and all these other people who have contributed to my life have done as well," Brady said. Asked what he would have thought if someone had told him 23 years ago, as the 199th overall draft pick, that he would reach 100,000 passing yards, Brady said, "I think everybody would have said we're crazy, including me." "All these kinds of lifetime achievement awards, they're great to celebrate with everyone, and one day I'll look back and think that it was pretty cool, although my kids probably won't care at all," he joked. "That's all right. It's a credit to all the people that I've played with." It's a record that might not fall for decades -- if ever -- even with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes already amassing 24,531 passing yards entering Week 9 of his sixth season and fifth as a starter, and Bills quarterback Josh Allen at 18,030 passing yards midway through his fifth NFL season heading into Sunday. The next closest active players are Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan , who had 64,415 passing yards heading into Sunday's game but had been benched in favor of Sam Ehlinger , and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers , who had 63,054 passing yards entering Sunday and will turn 39 in December.