Saints' Brees becomes NFL all time yards passing leader

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Former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning "begrudgingly" sent along a congratulatory message to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees for breaking the all-time passing yards record Manning had previously held.

It was a good-natured video from Manning, and he wrapped it up with serious congratulations. And I gotta tell you, it's been the greatest 1,000 days of my life.

"Obviously, and I know Drew feels the same way, you never play for individual records of any sorts", Manning said in June (via the New Orleans Times-Picayune). So, thank you very much. His completion rate of 75.8 percent leads the National Football League, and, if sustained for the entire season, would break the record of 72 percent Brees set just last season. All your hard work and dedication have paid off. ...

A second-round pick by the Chargers in 2001 after setting records at Purdue, Brees spent five seasons in San Diego as his career got off to a somewhat slow start.

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The Saints took a chance on Brees in 2006, and the payoff has been extraordinary. Brees surpassed Hall-of-Famer Johnny Unitas' streak of 47 straight - which had stood since 1960.

The game featured other touches meant to honour Brees.

Brees also was the final Saints player to run onto the field during pre-game introductions as fans belted out elongated howls of "Dreeeeeeew".

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