Drew Brees Becomes NFL's All-Time Leader in Passing Yards

Drew Brees Becomes NFL's All-Time Leader in Passing Yards

Drew Brees Becomes NFL's All-Time Leader in Passing Yards

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.

Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints looks to pass against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half of the NFC Divisional Playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium on January 14, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Brees completed 26-of-29 passes for 363 yards and three touchdowns to spark the Saints' victory, overtaking Manning for the career mark with a scoring toss to Tre'Quan Smith down the right sideline with 2:36 remaining in the second quarter. Brees removed his helmet and hugged his wife, Brittany, and four children on the sideline.

"Just so grateful for the opportunity to play this game and to have played it so long and to have the teammates that I have, and the New Orleans Saints organization, and this great city and this great fan base". The 39-year old passer has surpassed Brett Favre and Peyton Manning to own the NFL's most prestigious passing record, with 71,968 career yards gained through the air - more than the width of Lake Pontchartrain.

The Saints' Smith, a third-round draft choice last spring, caught two touchdown passes from the 18th-year pro. He later truly congratulates Brees for all of his historic accomplishments and shows a picture of the two together from when Brees was in college and Manning was in his third National Football League season.

"I knew we were within striking distance" of the record, Brees said.

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The game featured other touches meant to honor Brees.

Another historic day in the career of one of the games' best.

Saints officials said Brees also would hand his uniform over to the Hall of Fame after the game. Thanks to you, that's over now, and you've ruined that for me.

Then he gets serious and congratulates Brees for real.

"It's great to have him back", Payton said, stressing the Ingram's presence reduces the physical toll on fellow running back Alvin Kamara.

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