39-year-old Drew Brees broke Peyton Manning’s record of 71,940 career passing yards Monday night — moving ahead of both Manning and Brett Favre in the process.
The New Orleans Saints quarterback had quite the night in front of the home crowd at the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome, and a Monday Night Football prime time audience. The game was stopped by the NFL to recognize the achievement, and Brees looked emotional as he waved and blew kisses to the crowd. Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker on the sideline, wearing white gloves, Brees handed him the game ball.
Brees also shared an embrace with his entire family on the sideline as well as Saints coach Sean Payton.
The future Hall of Famer was recruited out of high school, he fell to the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the NFL draft out of Purdue in 2001. After a small stint with the Chargers, Brees was a free-agent and came to New Orleans and his career took off, including a Super Bowl victory in 2010.