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Drew Brees Surpasses Peyton Manning As All Time Passing Yards Leader

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees surpassed Peyton Manning to become the NFL's all time leader in passing yards after tossing a 62-yard touchdown pass to Tre'Quan Smith.

Brees entered the game needing just 201 yards to break Manning's record, which was set in the 2015 season. Manning now sits second all time with 71,940, while Brett Favre moves down to third 71,838. And with the way Brees has been playing in his late 30s, it's easy to envision him putting this record out of reach over the next several seasons.

The next record for Brees to break? Manning's 539 career touchdown passes. If he plays a couple of more seasons, Brees will easily break that record, though it's unlikely to come in 2018. Sitting atop as the all time leader in passing yards will due.

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Considering Brees' career was in jeopardy after a shoulder injury sustained in the 2005 season, it's absolutely remarkable that he got to this point. When it comes to debating the greatest quarterbacks of all time, Brees absolutely belongs on the list. What he's done for over a decade is simply remarkable.

Brees has been the model of consistency since joining the Saints as a free agent in 2006. He's tossed a least 4,000 yards every season, and tossed 30-plus touchdowns every year from 2008 to 2016. Brees led the Saints to a Super Bowl 44 championship (he won Super Bowl MVP), and has turned them into one of the NFC's top teams over the past 12 years.

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The Saints' franchise turned a corner when Brees signed here in 2006. Few could have predicted that it would lead to him becoming the all time passing yards leader. When all is said and done, Brees will likely become the leader in career passing touchdowns as well.

Congrats to Brees on an incredible feat, and we await to see what other records the future Hall of Famer will break before his career ends.

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