Dec 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) prior to a game against the Carolina Panthers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Drew Brees surpasses 50K career passing yards


New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has further cemented himself among the NFL’s all-time elite passers, surpassing the 50,000 yard mark on Sunday Night Football against the Carolina Panthers.

The benchmark came at the beginning of the 4th quarter on a 21-yard completion to tight end Jimmy Graham.  Brees and Graham connected again on the next play for an 8-yard touchdown.

Brees is indeed just the 5th player ever to surpass the 50K mark, joining Hall of Famers John Elway (51,475), Dan Marino (61,361), eventual-Hall-members Peyton Manning (63,612) and Brett Favre (71, 838).

The 2009 Super Bowl MVP and 2-time AP Offensive Player of the Year has made seven Pro Bowls and was a First-Team All-Pro in 2006.

Brees, 34, is in his 13th NFL season – five with the San Diego Chargers and 8 with New Orleans.

The only other active quarterback on the all-time passing list somewhat close to Brees is New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady, who has thrown for 48,073 yards in his 14 year career.

Brees has gone 108-73 as a starter over the course of his career and 5-4 in the playoffs.  He has completed 65.8% of his passes with 353 touchdowns and 173 interceptions.

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