Drew Brees breaks record for career passing yards

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Drew Brees didn’t begin his career with the Saints, but he’s made his mark in New Orleans. So it was only appropriate that he should break the NFL’s record for career passing yards in the building he made his second home.

It also was appropriate that the pass that put him over the top was a touchdown.

Tre'Quan Smith caught a 62-yard touchdown pass from Brees with 2:36 remaining in the first half, giving the Saints quarterback 71,968 career passing yards.

Brees entered Monday night’s game against Washington needing only 201 yards to top Peyton Manning’s record of 71,940 passing yards. It didn’t take Brees long to get that.

He has completed 13 of 15 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns thus far, leading the Saints to a 26-6 lead.

The game briefly was paused to honor Brees. Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker took the record-setting ball to display in Canton as Brees celebrated with his family and Saints owner Gayle Benson.

Brees setting the record on Monday night was almost a forgone conclusion considering he now has thrown for 201 or more yards in 12 consecutive games.

Brees already owns the all-time completions record, now with 6,357. He ranks second in attempts (9,470) to Brett Favre (10,169) and fourth in passing touchdowns (498) behind Manning (539), Favre (508) and Tom Brady (500).

Brees spent five seasons with the Chargers after they made him a second-round pick in 2001 and threw for 12,348 yards.

81 responses to “Drew Brees breaks record for career passing yards

  1. 65 yard TD to ice the record nice !

    Not so nice – Washington looks terrible. The NFCE may be the worst division in football this year.

  2. Only 200 yards to break the record. That is how many yards the average quarterback gets for the entire game, and he got it before the first half ends.

  3. Did the officials flag the Saints for excessive celebration, and then did the official hand Brees a laminated 8 1/2 x 11 certificate? Did that really just happen?

  4. And then the NFL trips over itself by allowing a Celebration Penalty against New Orleans to be enforced. Uh, wasn’t the NFL stopping the game to celebrate???

  5. Lifelong Cowboys fan and Redskins hater, but these calls are kind of ridiculous. If the NFL wants the Drew Brees Show, make the Drew Brees Show, don’t call this nonsense a football game.

  6. We know Brees is a good all-around guy and a great family man, and a New Orleans Saint; But the over-the-top canonization of him as if he were a real “Saint” is a little too much. These announcers act as if we’ve just seen the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

  7. Chargers chose Rivers over Brees. Dolphins chose Culpepper over Brees.

    It’s kind of amazing how highly paid personnel whose job it is to evaluate talent, made these choices. I know the injury made it easier, but still…

  8. NFC BEAST! No one seems to want it! At LEAST the Cowboys and Eagles HAVE talent! Coaching …. not so much.

  9. Congratulations to Brees! Outstanding achievement regardless of rules. Saints have an all-time great…enjoy it while it lasts.

    Different subject: Listening to the rationale from the new rules “experts” on the networks (ex-referees) and it is painfully obvious why there is so much inconsistency on calls and replays. These guys just flat out do not know what they are talking about and this is obviously what they were using to make calls on the field.

  10. ESPN hyped this from the beginning.

    And the announcers are idiots.

    Congrats Drew.

    Was it scripted?

  11. Just remember that at one time his career was all but over due to that shoulder injury. Then goes out rebuilds his career into a top 5 QB, inspires a city, and generally does everything he does like a total boss. What a stud.

  12. Awesome. But WTH with that disaster half time show. Nice job Roger. Half the song was bleeped out. I’m not sure what that was.

  13. Congrats to Brees, well deserved. Could barely stomach ESPN’s broadcast just long enough to see it; terrible camera work and graphics that look like a 1995 video game. But at least they make up for it with incoherent announcers.

  14. Truly the GOAT. Breaking records without any scandals or controversy. I wish TB was as honest and legit as Brees.

  15. I absolutely love the fact that it was on Norman, who has been trying really hard to look tough all game. Congrats on the record to the best QB in the history of the game.

  16. Ow I think Drew is class but…….That was such a choreographed TD for the moment, no Redskin defender within 20 yards and then a fake attempt to push or tackle out of bounds by the safety. Good grief is this the NBA?

  17. What a time to be a middle-aged sports fan. I watched Staubach play, and have seen this golden age of legendary QBs unfold. Saw Borg & McEnroe to the Big Four. Saw Dr. J to LeBron. You name it, the last 40 years has been the golden age of pretty much every sport.

    Makes you wonder if talent will keep surpassing talent. I suspect we won’t find out, as money is steadily poisoning all sport and cultural memories are short and apathy high. But it’s been a great run.

  18. amaf21 says:
    October 8, 2018 at 9:58 pm
    maybe he’d have some more rings if he wasnt obsessed with milking every possible dollar out of the benson family.

    Is he making less than Derek Carr?

  19. yes he played in a dome, yes his team was behind a lot, yes stats other than wins are for losers. BUT Brees is a winner, carried his team much of the time, good to see him get more recognition as one of the all time greats.

  20. I’m not a Saints fan, but I am a Drew Brees fan. Seeing how he came in, turned around that team and lifted the spirits of the citizens of New Orleans was inspiring. Does he eat up a lot of the salary cap….yes, but he earned it with preparation, work ethic and dedication to his craft…congrats to him, he deserves it.

  21. “did the official hand Brees a laminated 8 1/2 x 11 certificate?”

    Yup. That’s what he gets, a laminated piece of paper while the league takes the ball away for the HOF. Brees should have told them he was keeping the ball and the HOF can have that expensive laminated paper

  22. What a typical drew breesy way to break that record…….AIR RAID!!!! Great player and even better man….congrats drew brees the king in alltime passing yards!!! From this philly fan id like to say…..phillip rivers who????? Chargers suck!!!

  23. No hate from me for Brees. He seems like a nice guy. That said, he sure chases records and makes no apologies about it.

  24. The Redskins are garbage! sub .500 at best… can never step up when needed. Its all downhill from here and they will end up last in the division, mark my words. They will lose at least the next 3 out of 4 in classic Redskins fashion. New year… same story. What a farce of a team.

  25. calizcowboyz says:
    October 8, 2018 at 9:52 pm
    NFC BEAST! No one seems to want it! At LEAST the Cowboys and Eagles HAVE talent! Coaching …. not so much

    A few weeks ago you actually likened Jason garret to bill belichick, and doubled down when a few of us called you out. Are you abandoning your hot take already??

  26. allinstackme says:
    October 8, 2018 at 10:39 pm
    calizcowboyz says:
    October 8, 2018 at 9:52 pm
    NFC BEAST! No one seems to want it! At LEAST the Cowboys and Eagles HAVE talent! Coaching …. not so much

    A few weeks ago you actually likened Jason garret to bill belichick, and doubled down when a few of us called you out. Are you abandoning your hot take already??

    Nope just following Billicheats career. They both get fired, they both rebound. Americas Team! Spotlight! Biggest Stage! Biggest Draw and Biggest Target. Equals Biggest stress! Garrett is Very Smart just needs to step back refresh and recharge with another team. is all … He has IT he just lost IT working for Jones. TOUGH first job to say the least.

  27. Favre, Manning and Brees have played 17 plus years. Kind of explains why they’re 1,2 and 3. Brady is like 3 or 4K away from 70,000 yards. Heck, Vinny Testaverde is the 13th ranked passing yardage leader and that was 20 years of being a starter and a backup. The longer you play, the more records you can break. I’m not surprised by this at all.

  28. jman967
    Oct 8, 2018, 10:31 PM EDT
    All time passing leader + not a Deutsch Bag like Brady = GOAT

    So who’s career would you rather have?

  29. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders
    Oct 8, 2018, 11:28 PM EDT
    Congrats Drew Brees, nice to see a quarterback accomplish everything without constant cheating observe Pats fans!

    How about Bountygate. Great memeory you have

  30. darkneptune73
    Oct 8, 2018, 11:40 PM EDT
    Better than Brady, x100

    So Brees has won 500 Super Bowls?! And like I asked the other poster, who’s career would you rather have, Brees or Brady?

  31. ispeakthetruthraiders says:
    October 8, 2018 at 9:42 pm
    The real GOAT..He would have more rings then #12 if he cheated all the time too

    Bountygate. But you knew that was as phony as any of the other gates so you’re just taking shots at Brady. The GOAT conversation ended when Lombardi #5 went home with TB 12. I don’t care how many yards Bress or any other player gets. Until they have been to 8 and won 5 Super Bowls, nothing else matters.

  32. Brees> brady. Brees has made a career out of throwing difficult passes. Brady, just mostly the dink and dunk. No contest.

  33. Could Joe Tessatore have been any more annoying with his over the top Brees love? I like Drew but this guy was ridiculous

  34. Chargers chose Rivers over Brees. Dolphins chose Culpepper over Brees.
    ———-
    Technically the Chargers chose Eli over Bress. Then Eli choose the Giants over the Chargers.

    Not to be outdone, the Chargers had Brees (along with LT and Gates) AND the first overall pick and screwed it all up.

  35. When was the last time you ever witnessed Drew Brees play poorly? Ask yourself when was the last time you saw his team lose because of him. See that’s the difference…if Brady is the GOAT, fine. Brees then, is 1A, period.

  36. Brady is certainly the most successful quarterback ever. That success, however, is due to the genius of Belichick and his system.

    Brees, Rodgers, and Manning would all have had 6+ Superbowls if they’d played their careers with Belichick.

    Brady is probably in the top 10, though.

  37. Nick Saban is an idiot. He should have been a Dolphin. With that said, congrats Drew! You are a great QB & better person.
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    Nick Saban is a genius.

    Why work in the hired to be fired NFL when you can run the same program in college, cheat like mad, and rake in $8,000,000+ annually with absolute job security?

  38. So Brees has won 500 Super Bowls?! And like I asked the other poster, who’s career would you rather have, Brees or Brady?
    ======

    No.

    The question you are asking is; which team would you have rather played for.

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