Drew Brees has done it: NFL's all-time passing leader wears #9

Drew Brees has done it: NFL's all-time passing leader wears #9

Drew Brees has done it: NFL's all-time passing leader wears #9

What a career it has been for Brees, especially in New Orleans.

The record-snapping play came off of a 62-yard touchdown reception for Tre'Quan Smith, with the rookie breaking free against Washington's coverage to catch the ball and race down the sideline. He actually began the evening third on the all-time list and passed Brett Favre (71,838 yards) on Monday, as well. Brees's next move was to the sideline, where his wife, children and Saints Coach Sean Payton awaited emotional embraces. He later truly congratulates Brees for all of his historic accomplishments and shows a picture of the two together from when Brees was in college and Manning was in his third National Football League season. He needed 201 yards to surpass Manning's mark - the TD gave him 228 yards on the night and the Saints went on to win the game, 43-19.

"I knew we were within striking distance" of the record, Brees said. You have got to have the utmost respect for what he's been able to accomplish in his career. But I don't think it could have happened in any better fashion than it did. He also received a rather humorous congratulatory message from Peyton Manning telling him that he held the record for 1,000 days and those were the happiest 1,000 days of his life until Brees ruined it.

Brees exited the game at the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter.

Brees came into Week 5 not only leading the NFL in completion percentage, but with a mark higher than the 72.0 he posted previous year, which set a single-season league record.

What a night it is in New Orleans.

Brees, who's 39 years old now, has put together a superb career to this point, with a Super Bowl victory and MVP honors in that game. The Super Bowl XLIV champion and game MVP has seen an unprecedented resurgence since joining the Saints back in 2006, rebounding from a shoulder injury that normally ends careers.

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