Drew Brees set a new all-time record for passing yards in his New Orleans Saints’ Monday night matchup with the Washington Redskins.
Aptly, he did it on a 62-yard dime.
Brees started the night third on the all-time list at 71,740 passing yards, 201 behind Peyton Manning for the No. 1 spot.
He passed Brett Favre for second all-time with this one-yard touchdown pass to wideout Josh Hill in the second quarter.
Brees connected on 26 of 29 passing attempts for 363 yards on the day for three touchdowns and no picks in a 43-19 victory.
Drew Brees Headed to Retirement?
The 39-year-old recently acknowledged that he’s prepared to walk away from the game while he’s still on top.
“Do I feel like I could play this game for a lot longer? Until I’m 45 and beyond? Yes I do, if that was truly what I wanted to do, I feel like I could do that, God willing, health wise and everything,” Brees said in a recent interview with The Athletic. “But I’m telling you, I’ll walk away from this game prior to that.”
The new all-time passing leader cited his family as his reason to step away from the game, whenever that happens.
“The season is a grind. Physically, mentally, and emotionally,” Brees said. “To be fully invested in this requires a lot of time and a lot of energy. It obviously requires a lot of time away from the family as well.”
Brees has been married to his college sweetheart since 2003. They have four children.
“I don’t know exactly when [retirement] will be yet, but what it has done is it made me value each and every day that much more,” Brees added. “It’s made me want to stay in the moment that much more because I just don’t know when it will be over and I just want to maximize each and every second and enjoy each and every second because when I do walk away I don’t want to say I wish I would have done things differently. I want to say, man I gave it everything I could and I’m just ready for the next chapter.”