Throughout his illustrious career, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has established himself as one of the all-time greats to play the position. Brees added another historic feat to his resume as he has become the all-time leader in touchdown passes after he surpassed future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning for the all-time mark.
Drew Brees breaks NFL all-time passing touchdown record
In the months heading into the 2019 season, Brees was within range to break the all-time touchdown record held by Manning.
The 40-year-old had an opportunity to do so in Monday’s game against the Colts, where he put forth a stellar performance with 307 passing yards and four touchdowns in the blowout win. It adds to what has been a strong season despite missing several weeks due to a torn ligament in his thumb.
Brees has been highly productive in the nine games that he has played this season with 2,447 passing yards, 21 touchdowns to just four interceptions while holding a 115.4 passer rating. He has tallied at least three touchdown passes five times this season, including nine total in the last two games.
Although he moved past Manning for the all-time mark in the lopsided win against the Colts, there is still one thing that will bother him from that record-breaking performance.
1 thing that bothers Drew Brees
It was another magical night for Brees as, for the second straight season, he has pushed his way to the top of the list for another all-time record.
The Pro Bowler put up an impressive outing that guided the Saints comfortably past the Colts in convincing fashion, but there is one thing from the game that nudges him a bit. (H/T Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk)
“I’ll be honest with you, you always think about the one that you missed,” Brees said on ESPN. “If I just set my darn feet and throw it to the running back, it’s 30-for-30, so that one may haunt me for a little while.”
It’s the one minor flaw in his entire performance that happened near the start of the second quarter. The play saw him throw a ball well out of reach of running back Latavius Murray that looked to be some miscommunication between them. Keep in mind, that one incompletion did move him from setting the NFL record for a single-game completion percentage (96.6%) with a minimum of 25 attempts.
Ultimately, it just speaks to Brees’ desire for perfection and what has continued to help him play at an elite level late in his career. Little things like that separate a good player from a great one.
What lies ahead of Drew Brees
The all-time passing touchdown record adds another impressive mark to Brees’ career that will one day land him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
However, Brees looks to be far from finished as he’s still performing at an extremely high level that has the Saints in position to once again compete for the Super Bowl. He is still the driving force for their offense that has plenty of other talented pieces such as Pro Bowlers Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara.
Brees has a prime opportunity to add another Super Bowl win to his resume that will further engrain him as one of the greatest players to play the game. He still looks like he has plenty left in the tank to play for as long as he wants, as there hasn’t been any notable decline in his performance.
Beyond all that, the addition of another NFL record to resume is an additional chance to appreciate further the type of ageless talent that Brees has become.