With a touchdown pass in the first quarter of their matchup with the San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has broken a timeless NFL record with his 48th consecutive game with a touchdown pass. Johnny Unitas set the record 52 years ago, and you couldn’t have picked a better person to break the record.
It’s exactly why Unitas’ son, Joe, and the rest of their family sent Brees words of encouragement last week and are likely now happy to see him break the record. Joe was in the crowd to witness the historic event.
This is one of the most incredible records in all of sports. It speaks to the model of consistency that Brees and head coach Sean Payton have developed in New Orleans. Despite some roster turnover on that offense, it has always been explosive and consistently finishes in the top 5 in both scoring and yards gained.
In my opinion, Brees will end his career being worthy of Hall of Fame consideration. He got that elusive Super Bowl ring and is one of the most dominant offensive players of all time. Some of his statistics are out of this world.
Brees set the record for passing yards in a season last year, a record most thought wouldn’t be touched. The fact that he challenged the record in a season before, falling just 16 yards short of it, was impressive. Shattering the record by almost 300 yards is legendary.
He now has this seemingly untouchable record, in what boils down to three full seasons of throwing a touchdown in every game. Oh, and let’s not forget he can keep this record going. I’m anxious to see how much longer he can extend the record. It may stack up next to Joe DiMaggio‘s hit streak, which is the most untouchable record in professional sports.