New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees Breaks Peyton Manning's Record For Career Passing Yards

Drew Brees became the NFL's all-time leading passer Monday

After Hours with Amy Lawrence
October 29, 2018 - 8:33 am

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Drew Brees became the NFL’s all-time leading passer Monday, breaking Peyton Manning’s mark of 71,940 career passing yards. 

And he did it in the most Drew Brees way possible, tossing a 62-yard touchdown pass to rookie Tre-Quan Smith just before halftime in a 43-19 rout of the Washington Redskins,

“Everyone was just waiting to see this moment because everyone knew that Drew Brees would get the 201 yards that he needed to break Peyton Manning’s record,” New Orleans Times-Picayune Saints Reporter Josh Katzenstein said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I think I was pretty surprised that it happened in the first half because Washington has a good defense, but it became apparent right away that Washington was no match for the Saints.”

Brees finished 26-of-29 for 363 yards and three touchdowns. His pass to Smith gave the Saints a 26-6 lead.

“I thought it was a pretty fitting way for him to break the record on a long touchdown pass, which had sort of been a staple play – not that specific play, but just this idea of Drew Brees going deep in this Sean Payton offense,” Katzenstein said. “They’ve been doing that for the past 13 years. It was just wild to see the fans erupt and then to see Drew Brees give the ball to the Hall of Fame president and then kiss his daughter and his wife and hug his sons and hug Sean Payton. It was just a really memorable moment and one that I’m sure everyone here won’t forget.”

Brees, 39, is an 11-time Pro Bowler, a Super Bowl champion, and a Super Bowl MVP. He has led the NFL in passing yards seven times and in passing touchdowns four times.

“Everyone was just really happy that Drew had this moment,” Katzenstein said. “I think a lot of people here sort of think that he’s been underrated for a long time in this league, and I think in a situation like this, it really puts him in the spotlight and one that a lot of people here think that he deserves. Meanwhile, Brees was just the total opposite, was just wanting to give credit to everyone else – talking about the players that helped him do this, the coaches, and all that stuff. He was trying his best to stay humble, but I think everyone here was just really happy for him.”