On Friday, the Indianapolis Colts announced they would retiring No. 18 in honor of former quarterback Peyton Manning, who recently announced his retirement from the NFL. He spoke at the press conference and made a pretty big statement about a record he holds.
He connected with wide receiver Marvin Harrison for 114 touchdowns during his time with the Colts. That still stands as the record for a quarterback/receiver pairing and Manning believes that record won’t be going anywhere.
“The very first preseason game, my very first pass, I threw a five-yard pass, and Marvin Harrison ran 48 yards for a touchdown,” Manning said. “I remember thinking, ‘The NFL is easy. You just throw a short pass and Marvin Harrison will run for touchdowns.’ Which is pretty much what he did for the entire time we played together. I think many records will be broken — most of my records will be broken — I don’t believe that record that me and Marvin have of throwing the most touchdowns together will ever be broken.”
The next closest pairing is Steve Young and Jerry Rice, who hooked up for 92 touchdowns. The closest active pairing is San Diego Chargers Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates at just 76 touchdowns.
Yeah, I think I might have to agree with Peyton Manning on this one.