LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Tom Brady has five Super Bowl championships, the NFL’s all-time mark for passing yards (regular season and playoffs) and three league Most Valuable Player awards. On Sunday, he reached the mark that has eluded him for so long: the 1,000-yard-rusher club.
For his career.
In his 264th career game, Brady surpassed the mark with a 5-yard scramble for a first down on a third-and-3 play in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings.
The 41-year-old Brady, in his 19th season, had been talking about milestone since early November as he moved toward it.
“I’ve kind of inched along there for a long time,” he said earlier. “It really hasn’t been a part of my game.”
The longest run of his career – 22 yards – came in 2006.
Entering the day, he had accumulated 995 yards on 577 rushes for an average of 1.7 yards per carry.
Brady could have fallen back under the 1,000-yard mark as the Patriots were running out the clock against the Vikings, but Brady specifically moved forward as he knelt down, coming down on the line of scrimmage to prevent losing yardage.
ESPN Stats & Information said that entering Sunday, Brady had lost 160 rushing yards to kneel downs since 2006, the year plays began being classified as such.
Meanwhile, in the third quarter on Sunday, Brady threw his 579th touchdown pass (regular season and playoffs) to tie Peyton Manning for tops all-time.
Brady is 31 touchdown passes shy of Manning’s all-time regular-season mark (539), though New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (518) appears more likely to reach that milestone first.
He is one of only two players in NFL history to have won five Super Bowls.