Tom Brady, New England Patriots quarterback, hits 1,000-yard rushing milestone

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reacts after rushing for a first down during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium.

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, who has passed for more than 69,000 yards in his stellar career, needed 19 years and 265 games to reach the 1,000-yard rushing mark.

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. He was so set on maintaining that 1,000-yard mark that he stepped forward upon taking a knee just to avoid being hit with negative yardage. And I don't want to make too much of a 4- or 5-yard gain. "It really hasn't been a part of my game". "I'm not going to save the ball".

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"Hopefully I don't go backwards next week", said Brady after the game. I'll learn from that obviously in this league, there's cameras everywhere and they'll catch everything. Running for it, made a good third down on that one, and I just give a lot of credit to the offensive line.

The Patriots were having none of that modesty on their Twitter feed.

"Run Tommy, run", Brady captioned the action shot, followed by a picture from immediately after the milestone play: "The end zone is that way!"

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