Saints quarterback, Drew Brees, needed just 307 yards last night to break Dan Marino’s highly coveted 27-year old single season passing record. He broke the record with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Darren Sprowles to surpass the record of 5,084 yards by 2 yards. What makes this record even more amazing is that Brees still has one game remaining and could very well finish the season with an incredible 5,500 yards. Only time will tell if his record will last another 27 years. He may very well break it next year, since he is the only quarterback in NFL history to pass for over 5,000 yards in two different seasons (5,069 yards passing in 2008).
Brees has solidified a place in the NFL Hall of Fame with this feat. Some critics have raised eyebrows as to how he broke the record, saying the Saints ran up the scoreboard last night and passed in non-passing situations (i.e. being ahead 38-16 late in the fourth quarter). My response to that would be that the Atlanta Falcons are a good team full of professional athletes who are paid very well to stop the pass. The NFL isn’t Pee Wee football. There is no mercy rule. I say run the scoreboard up in every game to make a statement, especially against a team in the same division or conference.
Brees displayed true humility and class by crediting his offensive lineman, the rest of his teammates and the fans for his accomplishment. In a sport full of divas and thugs, this was refreshing to watch and set a great example for the rest of the league.
“There are so many people that are a part of this. It’s not about me. It’s about this team. It’s about this city. It’s about these fans. So many people that contributed to this and I’m happy for them.” – Drew Brees