Drew Brees passes Peyton Manning as NFL’s all-time passing leader

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NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees is now the main passer in NFL historical past.

The New Orleans Saints’ 39-year-old quarterback broke Peyton Manning’s report of 71,940 profession passing yards Monday evening — transferring forward of each Manning and Brett Favre within the course of.

And he handed Manning in spectacular vogue, with a 62-yard landing cross to rookie Tre’Quan Smith to present the Saints a 26-6 lead within the second quarter of Monday’s sport in opposition to the Washington Redskins. He did it in entrance of each a prime-time nationwide viewers and the house crowd within the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

As deliberate, the NFL stopped the sport to acknowledge the achievement, and Brees seemed emotional as he waved and blew kisses to the group. He then personally delivered the ball to Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame president David Baker on the sideline. Brees additionally shared an embrace with coach Sean Payton on the sideline.

Brees’ spouse, Brittany, and his children have been additionally on the sideline for hugs and kisses.

“Hey boys, how about your Dad?! I like you guys a lot,” he advised his children. “You may accomplish something in life you are prepared to work for, proper?”

Manning congratulated Brees with a video message that was each hilarious and heartfelt. He joked that he held the report for 1,000 days they usually have been one of the best 1,000 days of his life — and mentioned Brees ruined it. Manning additionally held up an image that he and Brees took collectively in 2000 and mentioned they’ve come a great distance.

Brees is the unlikeliest of all-time nice quarterbacks — simply 6 toes tall, barely recruited out of highschool, he fell to the San Diego Chargers within the second spherical of the NFL draft out of Purdue in 2001 and was doubted by a lot of the league when he turned a free agent after a career-threatening shoulder harm in 2005.

However that is when he got here to New Orleans and his profession took off. Brees and Saints coach Sean Payton have fashioned one of the vital prolific offensive duos in NFL historical past over the previous 13 years — together with a Tremendous Bowl victory after the 2009 season.

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Brees additionally holds the NFL information for many profession completions and highest completion share. He set the single-season passing yardage report in 2011 with 5,476 (earlier than Manning handed him by one yard in 2013). And he has thrown for greater than 5,000 yards 5 occasions over the previous decade — one thing no different quarterback has ever accomplished greater than as soon as.

“It is loopy. I by no means would’ve dreamed,” Brees admitted final week, whereas insisting that this is not the time to mirror and that he wished to try to preserve his weekly routine as regular as doable. “It simply speaks to the longevity. And it says quite a bit in regards to the groups I have been on, the coaches, the teammates, the gamers. Everybody has a hand on this, and I hope they know that.”

Brees has lengthy advised the story of wanting up on the Miami Dolphins’ ring of honor throughout his first preseason with the Chargers and seeing all of Dan Marino’s statistics and questioning how they could possibly be doable.

“So to be sitting right here 18 years later in hanging distance … it is simply type of mind-boggling,” Brees mentioned.

Brees was additionally requested about how a lot Payton has meant to his profession after Payton hand-picked Brees to be his quarterback when he turned a first-time head coach in New Orleans in 2006.

“I would not be right here with out Sean Payton,” Brees mentioned. “He selected me, why he selected me I do not know. I am coming off the shoulder harm. Many mentioned I may not play once more. I even doubted myself at occasions, whilst assured an individual as I’m. And but, his perception in me gave me all the arrogance on the earth and likewise the sense of accountability that I owe it to him as a lot as anyone to come back again and show him proper.

“After which clearly the evolution of what we have been capable of accomplish over the past 13 years collectively — and hopefully extra. It is a dream come true.”

Saints working again Mark Ingram II joked that Brees has damaged so many information that Monday evening could be “simply one other day within the lifetime of being a teammate of Drew Brees.”

“[But] it is particular, simply to know that nobody within the sport has accomplished what you’ve got accomplished. And it simply says quite a bit [about] him, about his work ethic,” Ingram mentioned. “He works on daily basis to be one of the best, and he deserves it. So we’re all behind him and all of us wish to see him get each single passing report there’s identified to man, as a result of he deserves it.”

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