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

What a career it has been for Brees, especially in New Orleans.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke the NFL's record for most career passing yards on Monday night.

Brees, who tapped his heart and pointed to the spectators in the sold-out stadium, handed the football used on the play to a Hall of Fame official. He recorded a video in which he congratulates Brees on the accomplishment but not before shaming the Saints quarterback for taking the record from him. ESPN, televising the "Monday Night Football" game, had Brees wearing a microphone during the game, and it played audio of Brees telling his young sons, "Hey, boys, how about that, huh?" You're going to accomplish anything in life you're willing to work for, right?

Manning later shared a tribute video with Brees. Brees is roughly 5,000 yards ahead of the next active player on the all-time passing list - No. 4 Tom Brady at 67,077.

Before Drew Brees could blow kisses to the adoring Superdome crowd, before he could embrace his wife and children on the sideline, the Saints' 39-year-old quarterback had to shred one of the NFL's top pass defenses with ruthless efficiency.

The league halted competition in order to honor Bree's achievement. As Teddy Bridgwater ran onto the field and Brees trotted to the sideline, Brees got one last ovation before fans began chanting: "Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints". He had a breakout campaign in 2004, but by then the Chargers had drafted Philip Rivers with the fourth overall pick, and in the final game of the 2005 season, Brees suffered a major shoulder injury.

With the game well in hand after the two-minute warning, Payton subbed Brees out of the game. Partnered in 2006 with a first-year head coach in Payton, the pair took the previously underachieving franchise to new heights, while also helping bring joy to a New Orleans community struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina's destruction.

Another historic day in the career of one of the games' best. He finished the game completing 26 of 29 passes for 363 yards and three touchdowns.

Brees passed Favre's total on a 6-yard pass to Alvin Kamara during the second quarter.

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