Drew Brees' NFL record: Peyton Manning had the best reaction, but there were other highlights too
Brees set the NFL's all-time passing yards record on Monday night
It was expected that Drew Brees would pass Peyton Manning for the all-time passing yards record on Monday night in New Orleans, but the way that it happened was pretty special. During the second quarter of the Saints' game against the Redskins, Brees connected with Tre'Quan Smith on a 62-yard touchdown pass to claim the record.
Brees surpassed Peyton Manning's previous record of 71,940 yards with that touchdown connection, and it was a pretty special moment to behold in New Orleans. The game came to a halt in order to honor Brees' accomplishment, and plenty of people on social media took time to pay tribute to the veteran quarterback for his impressive feat.
The best response of all came from an unexpected source -- Manning himself.
But there were plenty other responses as well, most of them congratulatory and positive in nature.
But there were also a number of responses that poked fun at just how strange and excessive the ceremony was following the record-breaking pass. It's hard to argue that some aspects were a bit over the top. Take, for instance, the laminated certificate ... or the grown man literally crying in the stands.
In any case, congratulations to Drew Brees, who now owns the most passing yards in NFL history and yet may somehow still be underrated. Can't wait to do this all again when he passes Manning's touchdowns record.
Pick Six Newsletter
Get the day's big stories + fun stuff you love like mock drafts, picks and power rankings.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.
There was an error processing your subscription.
We loved these players as 2018 prospects, and now they've got the opportunity for a big 20...
Antonio Brown is gone and Smith-Schuster has been elevated to Pittsburgh's No. 1 pass-catching...
L.A. is up against the cap but could use some depth on the edge and at guard
Breaking down the NFC East win totals and over/unders for the 2019 NFL season
Prescott has been a huge bargain for Dallas, but he's about to get a significant raise
The 2021 draft will be in Cleveland and the 2023 draft will be in Kansas City