Seventeen years after throwing his first NFL touchdown pass to Terry Glenn, Tom Brady joined an elite club on Thursday night with an optimistic heave into double coverage.New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon came down with the ball and caught the 500th touchdown pass — a 39-yarder — of Brady’s illustrious career.Brady is only the third member of the 500 Touchdown Club, joining Peyton Manning (539) and Brett Favre (508).”It’s tremendous. It’s a lot of touchdown passes to a lot of different guys, too. … No quarterback I’d rather have than Tom Brady,” coach Bill Belichick said of the record-breaker with 9:19 left in Thursday’s win over the Indianapolis Colts.New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is four shy of 500, and doesn’t take the field until Monday night against the Washington Redskins. Brees is also 201 yards away from passing Manning as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards.Brees joked Thursday that he came into the NFL as the first pick in the second round out of Purdue just hoping to be a backup. As the 199th pick in the NFL draft out of Michigan, Brady was much the same.”To be sitting here, 18 years later, in striking distance … it’s just kind of mind-boggling,” Brees said. “It speaks to longevity. And it says a lot about the teams I’ve been on, the coaches, the teammates, the players. Everyone has a hand in this, and I hope they know that.”Redskins running back Adrian Peterson will be on the opposite sideline this week, but was a teammate with the Saints for six months. While the 33-year-old runner stands as a pillar of longevity at his position, he marvels at Brees’ accomplishments but is not surprised by his continued success after getting an up-close look at his preparation and dedication.