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Drew Brees sent a classy gift to teammates who helped him break NFL record

For The Win logo For The Win 12/15/2018 Nick Schwartz

a baseball player wearing a helmet: Getty © Getty Getty New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees became the NFL's all-time leader in passing yards earlier this season in a Monday Night Football game against the Redskins, surpassing Peyton Manning with a 62-yard touchdown pass.

The veteran QB wanted to find a way to pay tribute to all the players who helped him reach the milestone - so he began creating a list of former teammates, and he sent each one a personalized ball and letter.

Brees told ESPN that the list kept on growing as he thought of all the people who have helped him in his career. He ultimately sent footballs to 174 people.


[Brees] said his first thought was to do something for everyone who had ever caught a pass from him with both the Saints and Chargers.

"And then I started thinking, 'Well, it's not just about the receivers, it's about the guys blocking.' So it's like, 'All right, let's find every offensive lineman that's ever started a game,'" Brees said. "So we did that. Then I started thinking about coaches, then I started thinking about other people as well. So it was actually a long list. But I just wanted to do that for them." 


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