Greg C. said:
Why would it not be legitimate if he did it with more pass attempts? This opens up a whole can of worms, because often these cumulative records, in every sport, are broken by players who have played longer. I say a record is a record. The only exceptions, for me, are single-season records that are broken by players who played more games in a season.
Did you know that no one officially has broken Cleveland Brown RB Jimmy Brown's rushing record of 1863yds accomplished in 1963. Brown did it on 291 carries for a 6.4yd avg. No other NFL RB except Brown has rushed for 1863yds on only 291 carries. Other NFL RB who have rushed for more yardage on more carries are seperate records IMO.
If Brett Favre gets 421 TD passes on more pass attempts than Dan Marino I will just consider a seperate record just like in Brown's case. If anyone thinks otherwise they are just fooling themselves. It would not be the same no matter how you slice it or dice it.
Now, this is all just silly. On nfl.com's site, they have the most yards in a season and it's not owned by Jim Brown, nor is there a little footnote. When OJ broke the record and rushed for 2003 yards, I remember there wasn't a little sidenote that said it took OJ more attempts so his record isn't legit. Now Eric ****erson owns that record and there's no footnote saying that he didn't legitimately break OJ's record.
Brown of course is remembered as possibly the best running back of all time, and he's in the Hall of Fame. But he no longer holds the most yards in a season record.
By the same merit, do we discount LT's record breaking point scoring over Paul Horning, since Horning scored 176 points in only 12 games?
Favre will earn the record for most TDs plain and simple. Nobody in the right mind will put an asterisk by his TD record because it took him more attempts to do it. :crazy:
Not only will Favre break the record next year, he'll play two more years after this and keep it out of reach for even P Manning. If you go to any record site, whether it's the NFL, the Hall of Fame, www.pro-football-reference.com
, the World Almanac, etc., nobody's going to have a footnote that said it took Favre more attempts to get those TDs. Once a record is broken, it's broken.
With all due respect, Marino was awesome! I loved watching him play, and it's sad Miami never had a complete team around him to get him an SB ring. I think that's his biggest regret, not the records. But Favre would have thrown more TDs by the time Favre retires. And P Manning will throw more TDs than Marino as well by the time Manning retires.
Twenty years from now, some guy might come along and break Favre's record. That's life though. Records just don't last in the NFL.