Drew Brees is now officially the all-time NFL touchdown passes leader.
The New Orleans Saints quarterback surpassed Peyton Manning‘s record for career TD passes in Monday night’s 34-7 home rout of the Indianapolis Colts. Brees — who will be 41 next month — beat Manning by throwing his 540th NFL pass midway through the third quarter, a five-yard toss to Josh Hill that put New Orleans up 26-0.
Brees then threw another pass later in the second half of Monday’s game — his fourth of the night — to reach the 541-pass mark.
Brees can now add this achievement to his long list of accolades, which includes one Super Bowl victory, a Super Bowl MVP title, 12 Pro Bowls, NFL Offensive Player of the Year, Walter Payton Man of the Year, seven-time NFL passing yards leader and five-time league completion percentage leader — among dozens of others. How much more impressive can he get?
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The Saints QB — a former second-round draft pick out of Purdue — received congratulations from several NFL stars, including Russell Wilson, Adrian Peterson, Deion Sanders, JJ Wattand Tom Brady, who has compiled 538 career touchdown passes:
ESPN Radio’s Trey Wingo, Mike Golic and Mike Golic Jr. also all reacted to Brees’ big accomplishment on Golic & Wingo:
Brees has undoubtedly turned his season around completely. His 2019 campaign got off to a shaky start after he sustained a thumb injury that sidelined him for five games.
Now, he certainly appears on track to cementing his status as the greatest NFL quarterback of all time — or at least of his generation.