Drew Brees has become the NFL's all-time leader in yards passing - and he did it in style.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke Peyton Manning's all-time National Football League record for passing yards on Monday. It makes me proud and it makes me extremely grateful - extremely grateful for the opportunity to play this game, to play it as long as I've played it, to have wound up here in New Orleans.
Officials stopped the game and the history-making ball was handed over to Pro Football Hall of Fame officials waiting on the sideline.
"Thank you very much". He needed 201 yards to surpass Manning's mark - the TD gave him 228 yards on the night and the Saints went on to win the game, 43-19. He had 250 by halftime.
Earlier this season, Brees broke Brett Favre's career record of 6,300 completions. On the first play of the drive, Brees launched a pass toward the right sideline to the speedy Smith, who was wide open and easily sprinted away from Nicholson's tackle attempt en route to the end zone. Brees now has 499.
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. And thanks to you, that's over now. You've ruined that for me. "I don't have the time to keep doing these videos for you congratulating you".
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Anticipating that Brees might break the record against his team, Redskins Coach Jay Gruden told the Athletic's Tarik El-Bashir before the game, "It's a great accomplishment, man". "All of your hard work and dedication have paid off". "I just love playing the game".
Brees is in his 18th season out of Purdue.
Brees exited the game at the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter.
Of the passing-yardage record, Manning said at the time, "He deserves it". "It doesn't feel like it's been 13 years".
And a few pass-catchers and defenders alike. In the press box, the Superdome catering staff served "beefy mac", a meal of macaroni with ground beef that has always been one of Brees' traditional meals on the night before games.