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

Drew Brees breaks Peyton Manning’s NFL record for passing yards

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees became the NFL's all-time passing yards leader on Monday night, passing Peyton Manning's previous record of 71,940 yards.

The 11-time Pro-Bowler didn't waste much time moving up the record books. 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. Brees will go down as one of the best quarterbacks EVER to play the game.

Naturally, plenty of sports figures took to social media to congratulate Brees on Monday night.

Brees also led the National Football League past year in completions (386) and yards per attempt (8.1), and while his passing yardage and touchdowns were down from previous seasons, that reflected in large part the fact that his Saints were unusually effective in 2017 on defense and at running the ball.

"Also, let this serve as the congratulations for the touchdown record because as you can see, I'm very busy", Manning added. And thanks to you, that's over now.

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.

Brees finished 26 of 29 for 363 yards with a total of three touchdowns, bringing New Orleans to four wins and one loss this season so far. Thanks to you, that's over now, and you've ruined that for me.

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