Drew Brees now leads NFL's all-time passing yards list

Jo Caldwell
October 9, 2018

Manning threw 539 touchdowns in his career.

Brees eclipsed Peyton Manning's previous record of 71,940 yards with a 62-yard touchdown pass to rookie Tre'Quan Smith during the second quarter of a 43-19 victory over the Washington Redskins on Monday night. Brees was fourth on the list heading into Monday night at 496.

After the record-breaking completion, officials stopped the game and the game ball was handed over to Pro Football Hall of Fame officials on the sideline while the Superdome crowd offered a standing ovation. Brees, meanwhile, was able to share the moment with his wife and children down on the sideline.

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Brees entered the game needing 201 yards for the record.

Congratulations on such a great career that is still going strong for Drew Brees. "You can accomplish anything in life, if you're willing to work for it". The game came to a halt in order to honor Brees' accomplishment, and plenty of people on social media took time to pay tribute to the veteran quarterback for his impressive feat.

A second-round pick by the Chargers in 2001 after setting records at Purdue, Brees spent five seasons in San Diego as his career got off to a somewhat slow start.

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In a hilarious video, Manning congratulated Brees while he was preparing dinner for his family. However, he has some competition from 40-year-old Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who threw his 500th touchdown pass Thursday, while Favre is now in second place at 508. Cheers to you, Drew. And you've ruined that for me. Yards, as you all know, cannot necessarily mean winning games.

On a more serious note, Manning said Brees broke the record "the right way". He's just been the ultimate pro, taking care of himself, being in great shape. He also owns 5 of the 9 single seasons with 5,000 or more yards passing.

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