NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees became the NFL’s all-time leader in yards passing — and he did it in style. But that doesn’t mean Peyton Manning is particularly thrilled he has been bumped to No. 2.
The 39-year-old Brees eclipsed Manning’s previous record of 71,940 yards with a 62-yard touchdown pass to rookie Tre’Quan Smith during Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins.
Peyton Manning's really happy you broke his record.
Well … kind of. 🤣 pic.twitter.com/aUxXIDFzI8
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) October 9, 2018
In a congratulatory video posted on the Broncos’ Twitter page, a short video shows Manning chopping tomatoes while lamenting his lost record.
After the record-breaking completion, officials stopped the game and the ball was handed over to Pro Football Hall of Fame officials on the sideline while the Superdome crowd offered a standing ovation.
Brees removed his helmet and hugged his wife, Brittany, and four children on the sideline.
Earlier this season, Brees broke Brett Favre’s career record of 6,300 completions.
Brees 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.
But Brees also would have to outpace Tom Brady, who has 500 touchdown passes, the only active player with more than Brees in that category.