New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees set an NFL record Monday night and did so in front of a prime-time national audience and the home crowd at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The 39-year-old quarterback had one of the best performances of his 18-year career as he completed 26-of-29 passes for 363 yards and three touchdowns.
During the first half of the Saints’ 43-19 victory over the Washington Redksins, Brees became the NFL’s all-time passing leader on Monday night, breaking Peyton Manning’s record of 71,940 career passing yards with a 62-yard touchdown pass to rookie receiver Tre’Quan Smith. And to top it off, Brees’ completion percentage of 89.7, a career best.
Players and celebrities took to social media to offer their congratulations:
Manning taped a message to Brees, which was shown in the stadium when he broke the record.
Peyton Manning's really happy you broke his record.
Well … kind of. ? pic.twitter.com/aUxXIDFzI8
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) October 9, 2018
Congratulations Drew! You earned every yard and did it the right way for the right reasons #teamfirst Proud for ya!??
— Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman) October 9, 2018
That was special @drewbrees and doing it with a touchdown! Congratulations
— Dan Marino (@DanMarino) October 9, 2018
— Brett Favre (@BrettFavre) October 9, 2018
Congratulation to one of the all time great QB’s of our time. He’s a better person then he is a QB if you can imagine that. Young men , take notice. Be like a Drew Brees. Congrats 9 ,… https://t.co/mmRNBggLGG
— Jim Kelly (@JimKelly1212) October 9, 2018
Only fitting THAT is how @drewbrees breaks the all time yardage record!!! Congrats to one of the best EVA!!! Glad I was around to witness his greatness!!
— Kurt Warner (@kurt13warner) October 9, 2018
Drew… you have inspired me. Grateful for you for doing it for the "Short Guys." @DrewBrees
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) October 9, 2018
— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) October 9, 2018
Salute @drewbrees!! Congrats on the achievement/milestone. Sheesh that’s a lot of passing yards!! ????
— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 9, 2018
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) October 9, 2018
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) October 9, 2018