On Sunday night the New Orleans Saints ripped the Carolina Panthers 31-13 but the biggest headline belonged to their 34-year-old quarterback. Against the Panthers Drew Brees became just the fifth quarterback in NFL history to top 50,000 passing yards in his career.
On Sunday night Brees completed 30 of 42 passes for 313 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions.
By topping the 50,000-yard mark, Brees joined a group that includes Brett Favre (71,838), Peyton Manning (64,009), Dan Marino (61,361) and John Elway (51,475). All of those players are either in the NFL Hall of Fame or will be headed to Canton once they are eligible. So will Brees.
It has been a remarkable career for the former second-round pick out of Purdue. He is a seven-time Pro Bowler, a two-time AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year, two-time NFC MVP, and a four-time All-Pro. Brees also holds NFL records for the most passing yards in a single season (5,476) and the highest completion percentage for a single season (71.2 percent).
Brees was also the fastest player to reach 40,000 passing yards in NFL history. And, as was expected, he reached 50,000 yards faster than anyone in NFL history as well, topping the mark in just 183 games.
Given that he’s in his 13th NFL season and is still one of the league’s best quarterbacks, it will be fun to watch how high Brees can climb on that list. Can he top Favre’s record? If his body holds up there is no reason to believe he can’t at least challenge it.