Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is approaching another record -- this time he’s moving in on Brett Favre’s all-time passing yards mark of 71,838 yards. Manning needs three yards passing against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday to pass Favre.
Just who has helped Manning get to this point?
He’s completed passes to 88 different receivers -- that includes one to himself, although it cost him two yards in December 2003.
Eleven yards went to Gronk … not Rob, but Chris Gronkowski in 2012.
One hundred and seventy-seven yards went to Ricky Williams … not THE Ricky Williams, but Colts running back Ricky Williams, who lasted two seasons.
Even defensive linemen -- Dan Klecko and Mitch Unrein -- chipped in.
There’s a Ball (Montee) and a Baskett (Hank) and even a Missile (Qadry Ismail)
He’s had help from the top of the draft -- 13 first-round selections have made up 57 percent of his total yards.
And he wouldn’t be near the record without the assistance of 33 undrafted players, including Marcus Pollard and Wes Welker.
Manning needed some Hart (Mike Hart) and a little help from man’s best friend (Austin Collie).
And you can’t forget about D.T. (Demaryius Thomas) and C.J. (C.J. Anderson).
Only one Hall of Famer -- for now -- helped Manning along the way. Marshall Faulk made up 908 yards during Manning's rookie year.
However when it comes to Manning’s success, two names top the list -- Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne. The dynamic duo combined to collect 13 miles worth of yards between 1998 and 2010.
Wayne amassed more than 10,000 yards in their 10 years together. Wayne then moved on to catch passes from someone who might one day challenge Manning’s records -- Andrew Luck.
Manning to Harrison remains one of the most prolific quarterback-receiver tandems in NFL history. They combined for 953 passes for 12,766 yards and 112 touchdowns. The pairing will one day reunite in Canton.
So in 18 years, Manning has helped make many careers, but those players have helped him achieve another record on the resume of one of the NFL’s all-time best quarterbacks.