Drew Brees Becomes NFL’s All-Time Passing Leader
NFL – October 9, 2018
The record of the former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who ended his remarkable career three years ago, has fallen, as Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints has taken the lead. Brees is the new all-time passing leader in the National Football League.
The previous record was 71,940 passing yards, but Brees managed to beat it yesterday in the game against the Washington Redskins (the game itself ended with a victory for New Orleans, 43-19). The big moment came in the second quarter.
Moreover, the New Orleans Saints’ 39-year-old quarterback had one of the best performances of his 18-year career in the game against Washington, completing 23 of 26 passes for 363 yards and 3 touchdowns. His completion percentage of 89.7 was a career best, and he did it in front of both a home crowd in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and a Monday Night Football audience. What an achievement it was!
“It played out even greater than I ever could’ve imagined. There are so many people that are responsible and had a hand in that. The two people that are most responsible for my football career, early on, my mom and my grandpa, are up in heaven. There were a lot of people I wanted to prove right tonight, but none more so than them. I know they are watching down on me,” the record-breaker said after the game against the Redskins.
Brees is one of the brightest stars of the league and a Super Bowl champion and MVP from 2009. He has been chosen for the Pro-Bowl eleven times, and became the NFL passing yards leader seven times, along with holding four titles as the best passing touchdowns leader of the season.
After a successful college football career at Purdue University, the San Diego Chargers chose Brees as their first pick in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft.
He left college as one of the most decorated players in Purdue and Big Ten Conference history, establishing two NCAA records, thirteen Big Ten Conference records, and nineteen Purdue University records. As of 2018, he remains the Big Ten record-holder in several passing categories, including completions (1,026), attempts (1,678), and yards (11,792). Since joining the Saints back in 2005, he has led all NFL quarterbacks in touchdowns, passing yards, and 300-yard games.
“It makes me proud, and it makes me extremely grateful for the opportunity to play this game and to have played it as long as I’ve been able to play it, to have wound up in New Orleans, which you all know that story. So it’s just been an unbelievable journey and I’m just so grateful,” Brees said in conclusion.