National Football League players, LeBron react to Drew Brees becoming all-time passing leader

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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. Brees still needs 42 touchdown passes to surpass Manning's record of 539, something the Saints quarterback could achieve next season if he maintains his current level of play. Then, in the second quarter, having passed Favre but still needing 35 more yards to beat Manning, Brees found Smith wide open deep down the right sideline to break the record in stunning fashion.

Another historic day in the career of one of the games' best.

"Drew, for 1,000 days I've held the record for all time passing yards in the NFL". In the press box, the Superdome catering staff served "beefy mac", a meal of macaroni with ground beef that has always been one of Brees' traditional meals on the night before games.

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"Thanks to you, that's over now", Manning continued as the laughter erupted in the stands. So, thank you very much.

Brees came into Monday already in possession of several other National Football League career passing records, including most completions (6,344), highest completion percentage (67.1), most passing yards per game (283.6), most consecutive 4,000-yard passing seasons (12), most consecutive games with a touchdown pass (54) and most consecutive games with at least 20 completions (57). "I think touchdowns probably has a little more meaning to a quarterback, because it means that you got six points, and it means you were doing something good for your team".

When the night began, Brees was sitting third on the all-time list with 71,740 passing yards, 201 yards behind Manning for the No. 1 spot.

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