New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has become the all-time leader in passing yardage after completing a touchdown pass to rookie Tre’Quan Smith, giving the Saints a 26-6 lead in the second quarter of Monday’s game against the Washington Redskins. No doubt, it is an impressive feat. But it was what Brees said after the game that stunned millions of fans.
Following his incredible performance, a reporter asked Brees what he would tell his four children that evening. His response was golden:
"It's probably what I tell them every night before they go to bed, which is … you can accomplish anything in life if you're willing to work for it." pic.twitter.com/boub15kcOh
— ESPN (@espn) October 9, 2018
“I tell them every night before they go to bed, you can accomplish anything in life you’re willing to work for,” an emotional Brees said. “Nothing’s given, everything’s earned. God has equipped us for great works. I tell them that every night.”
NFL legend and former record holder Peyton Manning sent a hilarious video message to Brees to congratulate him on his success.
Peyton Manning's really happy you broke his record.
Well … kind of. ? pic.twitter.com/aUxXIDFzI8
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) October 9, 2018
“Drew, for a thousand days I’ve held the record for all-time passing yards in the NFL,” Manning says as he prepares a meal. “I gotta tell ya, it has been the greatest one-thousand days of my life. And thanks to you, that’s over now. You’ve ruined that for me.”
“So, thank you very much. I have nothing left to look forward to except slicing my tomatoes making dinner for my family,” Manning joked before offering his sincere congratulations and showing off a throwback photo of him and Brees during the Saints quarterback’s college football days.
The pass that put Brees in the history books ?
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 9, 2018
“I don’t think it’s a matter of if [Brees breaks the record], it’s just a matter of when,” Manning told reporters back in June. “He deserves it. He’s been a great player for a long time.”
Congratulations to Brees, and to God be the glory!