Move over, Peyton Manning, the National Football League has a new career leader in passing yards. The 39-year-old Brees broke the record with a 62-yard touchdown pass to Tre'Quan Smith to give the Saints a 26-6 lead in the second quarter of Monday night's contest against the Washington Redskins.
It was expected that Drew Brees would pass Peyton Manning for the all-time passing yards record on Monday night in New Orleans, but the way that it happened was pretty special. He actually began the evening third on the all-time list and passed Brett Favre (71,838 yards) on Monday, as well. The ball was handed over to Pro Football Hall of Fame officials. Brees's next move was to the sideline, where his wife, children and Saints Coach Sean Payton awaited emotional embraces.
Brees, who turns 40 in January, led the Saints to a 2010 Super Bowl victory, taking Most Valuable Player honors in a 31-17 triumph over Manning's Indianapolis Colts.
Brees entered the game needing 201 yards for the record.
"It's hard. There are just so many people that had a hand in it, that can share in it", Brees said. But I don't think it could have happened in any better fashion than it did.
Norman's defensive holding penalty during Brees' incomplete pass sustained the Saints' first scoring drive, capped by Ingram's short touchdown run.
Then he gets serious and congratulates Brees for real. The San Diego Chargers took the 6-foot Brees at the beginning of the second round of the 2001 draft, but allowed him to leave in free agency after a major throwing shoulder injury at the end of the 2005 season.
Brees, who's 39 years old now, has put together a superb career to this point, with a Super Bowl victory and MVP honors in that game. Shown on the video slicing tomatoes, Manning deadpanned that his time as the career yards passing leader have been "the greatest thousand days of my life". He finished the game completing 26 of 29 passes for 363 yards and three touchdowns. He did, however, make his eighth career reception on his own deflected pass, and pushed across the line of scrimmage to add an extra yard to his career total.