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Drew Brees has four more nights to cuddle up with the NFL’s all-time passing yardage record before he’ll be forced to let go. Short of a meteor crashing into Gillette Stadium or an unexpected pandemic ravaging the globe, Tom Brady should shatter Brees’ record on Sunday evening. And that’s something Brees has already accepted.
“I’m a firm believer that records are meant to be broken,” said Brees, owner of 80,358 career passing yards.
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Brees has held the league’s record for career passing yards for almost exactly three years, surpassing Peyton Manning in October of 2018. Now, it’s Brady’s turn. Tampa’s ageless quarterback enters Sunday’s game against longtime-employer New England 68 yards shy of Brees in the record books.
“I’d be all for Brady just launching the first play of the game, just go ahead and get it out of the way. You said he needs, what? Sixty-eight yards? Let’s have New England kick it in the end zone, start at the 25 and have him launch one to Mike Evans and let’s just be done with it,” said Brees on Tuesday.
The longtime Saints signal caller will have a front row seat to Brady’s likely record-breaking outing. Brees is part of NBC’s Sunday Night Football broadcast team, which is scheduled to be on site at Foxborough Sunday evening.
“There’s no doubt I think that’s gonna get knocked down pretty quick,” added Brees. “I can’t think of a guy who has invested more into his career and his preparation and kind of what he’s meant for the game. It’s definitely a special record because it speaks to the longevity that he’s been able to experience and the level that he’s been able to play at.”
Those expecting a drama-filled march towards the record books are likely to be disappointed. Brady has averaged 362 yards through the air over the season’s first three weeks, so breaking the record should be a Brees.