Saints’ Drew Brees Passes Peyton Manning as NFL’s All-Time Passing Leader

Saints QB Drew Brees. Photo by Brad Smith/ISI/REX/Shutterstock

As of Monday night, New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees is the new NFL’s All-Time Passing leader. In the 43-19 win over Washington Redskins, Brees had 363 passing yards, bringing his career total to 72,103 yards. Former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning held the previous record with 71,940 passing yards.

Drew Brees’ achievement is even more spectacular when you consider the way he managed to reach it. The 39-year-old broke the 71,940 mark with a 62-yard touchdown pass to Tre’Quan Smith. He also completed 26 of 29 passes for the game, posting his career-best completion percentage of 89.7.

It played out even greater than I ever could’ve imagined,” – said Brees after the game.

NFL’s All-Time Passing leader is one of the many records Brees managed to break during his 18-years-in the league. He currently also holds records for most career pass completions, most pass completions in a season, highest single-season completion percentage, most consecutive games with a touchdown pass among others. But the 39-year-old doesn’t intend to stop there.

It’s hard for me to reflect too much right now because my career’s not done,” – he added. “There are still goals to be accomplished, there are still challenges to be met. So I’m still very focused on that. And yet when something like this happens, and there’s so many people that are responsible for that, that can be a part of that, that makes me happy.”

During his time in NFL, Drew Brees managed to win one Super Bowl title while being named to Pro Bowl 11 times. He was also named NFL Offensive Player of the Year two times and has one First-Team All-Pro selection. Brees’ career stats include 6,344 completed passes out of 9,455 for 72,103 yards and 499 touchdowns.