A handful of quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady may have more Super Bowl rings, but few passers in NFL history have been more prolific over their careers than Drew Brees. For that matter, in one particular category, nobody is.
With 465 yards passing in the Saints’ 41-38 victory over the Panthers on Sunday, Brees took sole possession of first place all-time for the most games with 400 or more yards with 15 according to Randall Liu, the NFL’s Director of Football Communications. Brees surpassed Manning, who previously overtook Dan Marino for the distinction.
Of course, Manning still has Brees in several other key areas, including two of the most hallowed marks: total yards and touchdowns. Manning still leads in the championships department, as do Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning from the current generation of quarterbacks.
Then again, with Brees still able to put up these kinds of numbers at 37 years of age, he’ll have a shot to be the all-time leader in yards and touchdowns before his career is over. Manning holds the records at 71, 940 yards and 539 touchdowns. After Sunday, Brees is at 62,636 and 442 — he could conceivably do it by playing as little as three more season, or through 2019.
Rings, on the other hand, might be a bit of a different story. The Saints certainly don’t appear to be in position to go on a Super Bowl run this season, their record currently at 2-3 after the win on Sunday. Then again, if Brees were to play another two or three years, they could potential have a legitimate contender in place by then.