The 15 Most Unbreakable Records in NFL History

Jordan Cohn
May 22, 2020 - 7:59 am

When Peyton Manning retired following the 2015-16 season, he held numerous passing records.

Some of them were achieved just a couple of years before his retirement, when he stunned the NFL universe with 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns in 2013, both NFL records. When he called it quits a little later, he was the league's all-time leader in passing touchdowns (539) and passing yards (71,490), among others. Additionally, he was named MVP five times throughout his career, whereas no one else has earned more than three.

Impressive records, yes. But unbreakable records? We found out part of that answer last season, when Drew Brees eclipsed both his career passing yards and touchdowns records. And while Manning's single-season records still stand, Patrick Mahomes came awfully close on both fronts in just his first full-time year, recording 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns in 2018. Neither of those can be considered unbreakable, especially considering some of the unprecedented, high-powered offensive output we see in today's NFL. After all, when Jameis Winston comes within 400 yards of breaking the single-season passing yards record, it becomes increasingly clear that these records are meant to be broken. Guys like Mahomes and Matt Stafford are well underway at making a serious run at some of the all-time records.

That rule doesn't apply to all NFL records, however. Though the new wave of Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson is capable of wreaking some serious havoc on the record books - the latter did that last year when he broke Michael Vick's long-standing single-season rushing record -- there are some records that are just so far outside the realm of what seems possible that we can officially deem them unbreakable.

That is, until they're broken, and we make fools out of ourselves.

Without further ado, here are the 15 most unbreakable records in NFL history. Because some of the records that occurred before the merger in 1970 apply to a completely different game than what we see today, only records that were achieved after the merger are on this list.

All stats retrieved from Pro Football Reference.

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