It seems like every week the New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees play, their All-Pro QB manages to surpass some kind of milestone or break some kind of record, doesn’t it?
This week was no different.
On his way to helping New Orleans defeat the Carolina Panthers 31-13 and take sole control of the NFC South, Brees threw 30-for-42 for 313 yards, four touchdowns, surpassed one major quarterback milestone and broke two other records, all in the same night.
Brees surpassed the 50,000 career passing mark and is now within 1,500 yards of John Elway‘s fourth place spot for career passing yards in the NFL.
Other records that Brees broke included throwing for 4,000 or more passing yards in a season for the seventh year and throwing for 30 or more touchdown passes for six-straight seasons. This is nothing to bat your eyes at.
Regardless of whether or not Brees and the Saints go all the way and compete for a Lombardi Trophy in New York this coming February, he is definitely going to go down in history as one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the game. Being only 34 years of age gives him an advantage to break other records, as well. His place in Canton in the Hall of Fame is all but guaranteed at this point.
It is likely that he will surpass Elway before the end of his career, if not guaranteed. However, to move into third most career passing yards would require him to top 61,361 yards, which is currently held by Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino.
Given that the shelf life for an NFL player is short it is anybody’s guess whether or not he will surpass this mark. Only time will tell.