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Drew Brees passes Warren Moon for No. 5 career passing yards

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees is No. 5 on the NFL’s all-time career passing yards list.

Brees, who entered tonight’s game with 49,288 career passing yards, has now surpassed Hall of Famer Warren Moon (49,325) for fifth place in NFL history.

The 34-year-old Brees is already the NFL’s all-time single-season record holder for pass completions (468 in 2011), completion percentage (71.23 percent in 2011) and passing yards (5,476 in 2011). He also owns the record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass, with 54 in a row from 2009 to 2012.

Now Brees is moving up the ranks in the career totals as well. In addition to being fifth all-time in passing yards, he’s also fourth in completions (4,312 heading into tonight’s game) and fourth in touchdowns (350). At his current pace, Brees would pass John Elway (51,475) for fourth place in passing yards early next season.

The Big Three in all of the major career passing records are Brett Favre, Peyton Manning and Dan Marino, and Brees still has a ways to go to catch any of them in any of the major statistical categories. Manning has a good chance to break all of Favre’s records, and if Manning keeps playing at his current level for a few more years, he would probably put the major career passing records out of reach for Brees, even though Brees is three years younger than Manning.

But even if Brees doesn’t catch Favre or Manning, he’s carving out a place for himself in the NFL record book. And at age 34, he’s still got a whole lot more passes to throw.

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34 Responses to “Drew Brees passes Warren Moon for No. 5 career passing yards”
  1. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 21, 2013 9:05 PM

    Warren Moon’s 49,325 yards = 276,921 yards in the modern NFL.

  2. dude2424 says: Nov 21, 2013 9:06 PM

    Congrats Drew!

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 21, 2013 9:06 PM

    Should have been a Lion. This is a warped destiny we are all living in.

  4. jonbeck316 says: Nov 21, 2013 9:09 PM

    Somebody put a bounty on this guy before he breaks every record in the books.

  5. steviaquinn says: Nov 21, 2013 9:13 PM

    Leave it to the NFL to flad legal hits on Drew brees and ignore illegal hits on Matt Ryan….NFL…..you are DISGUSTING.

    The fact is the refs are determining outcomes of games , not players

  6. jdhein22 says: Nov 21, 2013 9:14 PM

    Two set of rules – one that applies to Brady, Manning, and (for whatever reason) Brees, and the other that applies to the other 70 QBs in the NFL.

  7. raideralex99 says: Nov 21, 2013 9:14 PM

    Now back to the game …. Where was the penalty on Matt Ryan face mask.

  8. seanwalley says: Nov 21, 2013 9:14 PM

    Let’s not forget Warren Moon had spend his first 5 years of pro football in Canada because no one wanted to give a black QB a chance in 1978. He threw for over 21,000 yards there. If a Moon had a chance to play in the NFL after coming out of UofW he might have set records today’s QBs would have trouble breaking.

  9. siaaa says: Nov 21, 2013 9:17 PM

    Good for him. He’s averaged 4800 yards a season since leaving the chargers. NO is the perfect fit for Brees. never showed his potential with Marty at the helm.

  10. tovar176 says: Nov 21, 2013 9:49 PM

    Pretty easily done when you have a microphone in the locker room and know what schemes the defense are going to run…

  11. 3taintedchampionships2biglosses says: Nov 21, 2013 9:51 PM

    3rd best qb in the league behind manning and rodgers. Luck and wilson round out the top 5.

  12. imnotyourbuddyguy says: Nov 21, 2013 10:04 PM

    5 years in CFL, 5 straight Championships, So many silly NFL owners and GM’s back then

  13. ilovefoolsball says: Nov 21, 2013 10:25 PM

    One of the best of all time won’t be appreciated fully until he retires.

  14. danpatrickisatool says: Nov 21, 2013 10:42 PM

    thestrategyexpert says:
    Nov 21, 2013 9:06 PM
    Should have been a Lion. This is a warped destiny we are all living in.

    He wouldn’t be any good as a Lion, he wouldn’t get all day to throw one of his tecmo bowl floaters down field.

  15. doorharp11 says: Nov 21, 2013 10:55 PM

    thats unfortunate that a rat like brees would be allowed to pass a HOF in warren moon

  16. noeffinway says: Nov 21, 2013 11:11 PM

    meh…Stafford will have that in just 5 more years, at 30 years old.

  17. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says: Nov 21, 2013 11:52 PM

    Yup. Moon’s NFL career began at 28 with a different set of rules. Brees’ accomplishment in noteworthy, for sure, but says more about the changes in the game than Brees himself.

  18. mrcogburn says: Nov 22, 2013 12:06 AM

    Good. Now maybe he can start tipping the pizza drivers better.

  19. dctitanfan says: Nov 22, 2013 1:04 AM

    agreed seanwalley
    add 21k to Moon’s total.

  20. therealraider says: Nov 22, 2013 2:00 AM

    Honestly I don’t know what to make of this. Warren Moon spent 6 seasons tearing up the CFL before getting a late start tearing up the NFL. Drew Brees has benefited from the modern QB friendly rules … Both Great Players.

  21. lennydpocketqb says: Nov 22, 2013 2:26 AM

    First ballot hall of fame.

  22. kd75 says: Nov 22, 2013 2:33 AM

    8 games a year in the Superdome. One game a year in the Georgia Dome. Four games a year against the Bucs and Panthers in a downswing.

    Jenna Maloney is not impressed.

  23. doublezero74 says: Nov 22, 2013 7:29 AM

    Just so glad he didn’t go to AFC east back when he left SD. thanks dolphins for screwing that up so thoroughly.

    Patriot fan

  24. whentheleveonbreaks says: Nov 22, 2013 7:53 AM

    Warren Moon was a great QB and a decent person – on the field.

  25. natijim235 says: Nov 22, 2013 7:54 AM

    that’s half a moon!

  26. joetoronto says: Nov 22, 2013 8:06 AM

    Saints fans: Don’t forget to say thanks to the Chargers and AJ Smith.

  27. hvoigt21 says: Nov 22, 2013 8:11 AM

    Sean Walley……You can’t predict what Moon would have had if he had played in the NFL….that is stupid….He would not have Canadian numbers his,first 5 years in the NFL….he might not have paid very much….Lets talks about Moon being. Womanizer and abuser….that stuff is real….not conjecture….

  28. FinFan68 says: Nov 22, 2013 8:16 AM

    seanwalley says:
    Nov 21, 2013 9:14 PM
    Let’s not forget Warren Moon had spend his first 5 years of pro football in Canada because no one wanted to give a black QB a chance in 1978.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Revisionist history. Moon thinks he was discriminated against because he was a black QB. Much of what Moon says about darn near anything these days revolves around race. The truth is that he simply wasn’t all that great a college QB AND he had an attitude.

    Moon failed to get drafted in 1978. If it was because he was black then how do you explain the only first round QB drafted that year at #17 (Bucs). He was from an all-black college (Grambling) and his name was Doug Williams–you may have heard of him.

  29. pfic15 says: Nov 22, 2013 8:56 AM

    Actually Breed looked damn good his last year with SD….with Marty at the helm.

  30. dexterismyhero says: Nov 22, 2013 9:01 AM

    @seanwalley says: Nov 21, 2013 9:14 PM

    Let’s not forget Warren Moon had spend his first 5 years of pro football in Canada because no one wanted to give a black QB a chance in 1978. He threw for over 21,000 yards there. If a Moon had a chance to play in the NFL after coming out of UofW he might have set records today’s QBs would have trouble breaking.
    =================================
    Moon was a great QB, but even though he threw for 21k yards in Canada, that was a pass happy league at the time. Favre would still be ahead of him.

  31. dublindemonszfl says: Nov 22, 2013 9:06 AM

    This is terrible news.

  32. mackie66 says: Nov 22, 2013 9:20 AM

    Everyone woke up this morning whining this morning,,,

  33. lingsun54 says: Nov 22, 2013 9:35 AM

    Passing yards isn’t really an important stat. Matthew Stafford is piling up the passing yards and he’s not an elite QB. The best proof about passing yards is Brett Favre. He just played a long time, set the interceptions record, and doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame but he IS #1 for passing yards.

  34. swellbuilt says: Nov 22, 2013 9:39 AM

    Breaking all kinds of records. Last week he passed Jar Jar Binks on neck length.

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