It’s finally happened. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has become the NFL’s all-time leading passing yards leader. Entering Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins, Brees needed just 201 passing yards to stamp his forever place in league history, and he already surpassed Brett Favre for second place after netting 99 yards in the second quarter on a touchdown drive.
It came on a touchdown pass to Tre’Quan Smith late in the second quarter, which was the most fitting way to set the record.
Drew Brees is expected to become the NFL's all-time leading passer tonight.@drewbrees has passed for 71,740 yards in his career. That's 40.76 miles, which is almost exactly the width of Lake Pontchartrain. pic.twitter.com/lKLv2qH74L— Matt Pomeroy (@MattPomPom) October 8, 2018
Brees obviously tried to downplay getting the record as much as humanly possible ever since the team’s victory over the New York Giants last Sunday. It’s crazy to think that this journey really kicked into overdrive for Brees, who joined the Saints in 2006 via free agency. The first several seasons for the future first ballot Hall of Famer throw for 12,348 yards while with the then San Diego Chargers from 2001-2005. Since then, he’s thrown for nearly 60,000 yards with New Orleans.