Danny McManus joined an exclusive club last night.
The veteran quarterback, who is in his 15th season in the Canadian Football League, surpassed the 50,000-mark in career passing yards last night in the Tiger-Cats' 38-31 loss to the Argos at the SkyDome.
McManus needed 87 yards to reach the mark and reached it in one play, connecting with slotback Craig Yeast on an 88-yard pass play for a touchdown at the end of the first quarter.
McManus joined current Argos quarterback Damon Allen, who has more than 63,000 yards in his 20-year career, and Tiger-Cats general manager Ron Lancaster, who retired after 19 seasons with 50,535 yards, as the only CFLers to reach the mark.
"If you stay around long enough you're going to get some yardage," McManus said. "Scoring a touchdown with it on a long pass to Craig is something special. It gets him over 1,000 (yards on the season) and gets me over 50,000. That was a special moment."
The game was stopped after McManus' milestone and both Allen and Lancaster joined McManus in a celebration, along with CFL commissioner Tom Wright. The crowd gave McManus a nice ovation.
"Damon is a class guy, he's outstanding," McManus said. "Me and him have worked out together in the off-season. He's a great guy and I appreciated him coming over with Coach Lancaster and being a part of it. It's an elite club of only three of us and I imagine there will be some more coming along pretty soon."
Lancaster, who coached McManus in Edmonton and later in Hamilton before turning to managing duties, saluted the achievement.
"It's hard to understand 50,000 yards," Lancaster said. "If you get 5,000 in a season you can understand that, but not until he retires and he sits down and looks back at his career him will he realize what 50,000 yards is. That means you've had a long and a nice career."
The only downer was that McManus three four interceptions, though he also threw three touchdowns.
"To be a quarterback around this long, you can't throw four interceptions against a ball club like that," McManus said.