Drew Brees breaks Peyton Manning’s National Football League record for passing yards

Drew Brees breaks Peyton Manning’s NFL record for passing yards

Drew Brees breaks Peyton Manning’s NFL record for passing yards

And you've ruined that for me. Brees threw his 498th touchdown pass on the 62-yard throw to Tre'Quan Smith on the play on which the quarterback moved past Manning.

Over the summer, Manning said Brees "deserves" the record. 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?" Brees was fourth on the list heading into Monday night at 496. "I'll be able to reflect on it maybe a little bit more when my career is done".

Brees, who's 39 years old now, has put together a superb career to this point, with a Super Bowl victory and MVP honors in that game.

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On a more serious note, Manning said Brees broke the record "the right way".

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. He's just been the ultimate pro, taking care of himself, being in great shape. Brees has passed for more than 59,000 yards and more than 400 TDs in 12-plus seasons for New Orleans, smashing every meaningful Saints passing record while helping long-frustrated franchise win its first Super Bowl in 2010 and go to the playoffs six times. He already owns records for career completion percentage (67.1-percent), passing yards per game (342.3), and consecutive seasons of 4,500 yards (7).

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