Drew Brees hopes Tom Brady breaks his career passing yardage record in style
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New Orleans Saints legend Drew Brees insists he is all good with Tom Brady breaking his NFL career passage yardage record as he acknowledged that "records are meant to be broken." Brees' NFL career passing yardage record of 80,358 yards will likely be broken this Sunday when Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Brady faces the New England Patriots.
Brady needs just 68 yards to break Brees' record. "I'm a firm believer that records are meant to be broken," said Brees, who will be at the game working as an analyst for NBC Sports and has enjoyed a friendship with Brady dating back to 1999.
Brees would like to see Brady launch a deep ball at the start of the game and try to break the record in style. "I'd be all for Brady just launching the first play of the game, just go ahead and get it out of the way," Brees said, laughing.
"You said he needs, what? Sixty-eight yards? Let's have New England kick it in the end zone, start at the 25 and have him launch one to Mike Evans and let's just be done with it. "There's no doubt I think that's gonna get knocked down pretty quick.
I can't think of a guy who has invested more into his career and his preparation and kind of what he's meant for the game. It's definitely a special record because it speaks to the longevity that he's been able to experience and the level that he's been able to play at."
Brees acknowledges it won't be as easy as some might think for Brady
Brady will likely break the record but he will have to stay focused and locked in on leading his team to win over the Patriots.
"You're so locked into the game. You really can't allow yourself to go there too much," Brees said. "It's really something that you try to get out of the way emotionally prior to the game. I'll be honest with you. ... I know the way I felt, leading up to games like this, whether it was playing an old team or chasing a record, I would visualize being in that moment, I would visualize breaking the record, I would visualize everything that was gonna happen.
"I would always get the tears and the emotions out of the way on a Monday or a Tuesday. Like literally cry it out on a Monday or a Tuesday, so that by the time it got to Sunday, it was all about business, it was all about the game, it was all about getting the job done."