Drew Brees is a primetime player so it’s only fitting the future Hall of Fame member will have the chance to make history in the national spotlight.
UPDATE: Brees passed Manning with this 62 yard TD pass to rookie WR Tre’Quan Smith in the first half. CLICK HERE to see just how far Brees has really passed for.
No. 9 just became No. 1 all-time 🙌 pic.twitter.com/fbk9uxaOFa
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 9, 2018
The Super Bowl champion quarterback needs 201 yards when the New Orleans Saints (3-1) host the Washington Redskins (2-1) on Monday Night Football to surpass Brett Favre (71,838 yards) and Peyton Manning (71,940) to become the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards.
Brees passed for 217 yards in Sunday’s 33-18 win over the New York Giants (1-3).
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 1, 2018
Brees is on the cusp of the amazing individual milestone but is the consummate team-first leader.
Winning will always be the main priority for the Super Bowl champion and future Hall of Fame member.
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) September 30, 2018
“Listen, it’s huge but it does not change my approach, my process throughout the week, my mindset or anything,” Brees said in the post game interview to CST Saints insider Mike Nabors. “Just playing the game to make great decisions, playing the game to win, put us in the best position to succeed and all that other stuff takes care of itself.”
Miami Dolphins Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino (61,361) held the record when Brees entered the league in 2001.
Coincidentally Brees’ first preseason game was in Marino’s old stomping grounds. Brees recalls gazing into the rafters and being astonished at the accolades Marino accomplished in his 17-year career.
“One equals the other, right?” Brees said to The Advocate. “You look at the numbers and you say, how long do you have to play in order to achieve that? Obviously, as a kid growing up, watching guys like Marino and Montana and Elway and others, those were the guys, right?”
Seventeen years later, Brees is within striking distance of etching another amazing feat into his already legendary resume.
Both Brees and the NFL schedule makers anticipated the mark could be set on this date, hence the Monday Night Football showcase at the Superdome.
Brees is remaining humble leading up to kickoff but can’t deny how sweet it would be to celebrate with Who Dat Nation.
“I hope it does,” Brees said to The Advocate. “I hope it does, in front of our fans.”
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