New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees topped Manning's mark of 71,940 yards Monday, accomplishing the feat in the latter's hometown of New Orleans, during a nationally televised game against the Washington Redskins.
The 11-time Pro-Bowler didn't waste much time moving up the record books. During the second quarter of the Saints' game against the Redskins, Brees connected with Tre'Quan Smith on a 62-yard touchdown pass to claim the record. Even at 39 years old, the same age Manning was when he last threw a pass, Brees is still playing like one of the of the NFL's best quarterbacks.
"Drew for 1,000 days I've held the record for all-time passing yards in the NFL". 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.
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The touchdown pass gave the Saints a 26-6 lead as they sought to move into first place in the NFC South division. Cheers to you, Drew. And I gotta tell you, it's been the greatest 1,000 days of my life. "Thanks to you, that's over now". Thanks to you, that's over now, and you've ruined that for me.
Brees is in his 18th season out of Purdue. He also owns 5 of the 9 single seasons with 5,000 or more yards passing.
Brees has shredded the National Football League for 18 years, even if his early days in San Diego were rocky at times.