Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke the NFL's all-time passing record on Monday, a record previously held by former Broncos and Colts signal-caller Peyton Manning. The 39-year old passer has surpassed Brett Favre and Peyton Manning to own the NFL's most prestigious passing record, with 71,968 career yards gained through the air - more than the width of Lake Pontchartrain.
Another historic day in the career of one of the games' best. 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?"
After all, it was well earned. Brees needs 42 touchdown passes to pass Manning in that category. He also has the most 5,000-yard passing seasons, with five - all other NFL quarterbacks have combined for just four such campaigns - and he holds the league's single season record for most completions, notching 471 in 2016.
"In all seriousness, Drew, congratulations on this record, you've done it the right way", Manning said. Thanks to you, that's over now, and you've ruined that for me. So, thank you very much. With 2:46 left in the second quarter, Brees connected with wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith on a 62-yard touchdown pass to eclipse Manning for the all-time record. Manning threw 539 touchdowns in his career.
It's good to know that, even in retirement, Manning still has his sense of humor.
He earned a shoutout from his alma matter.