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Drew Brees Breaks All-Time NFL Passing Record

Drew Brees solidified his place as one of the most prolific passers in NFL history on Monday night.

Against the Redskins, Drew Brees became the NFL’s all time leading passer, breaking Peyton Manning’s record of 71,940 yards.

Drew Brees broke the record with a 62 yard touchdown pass to Tre’Quan Smith in the 43 – 19 victory. At the time, it gave the New Orleans Saints a 26 – 6 lead over the Washington Redskins.

That pass took him to 228 yards. That was 27 yards more than the 201 he needed to break the record entering the game.


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Brees ended the game with 26 of 29 passes for 363 yards and three touchdowns. As a result, his record now stands at 72, 103 career passing yards.

The 39 year old was also honored with a standing ovation which briefly stopped the play after he broke the record.


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“There’s just so many people who are responsible for that,” Brees said afterwards.

“Two of the people who are most responsible for my football career early on in my life are up in heaven. My mom and my grandfather. There were a lot of people I wanted to prove right tonight and make proud, and none more so than them. I know they’re watching down on me at all times and my kids.

“Just so grateful, just so grateful for the opportunity to play this game and to play for so long. To have teammates that I have, the New Orleans Saints organization, this great city and this great fan base, it’s just truly been a dream come true. I’ll be able to reflect on it maybe a little bit more when my career is done — I still feel like there’s work to be done — but I’m just really, really proud and very grateful.”

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