It was classic Drew Brees — and classic Peyton Manning.
With a 62-yard touchdown pass in Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins, Brees officially eclipsed Manning (71,940) as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards.
The game stopped for the New Orleans Saints quarterback to get his proper recognition from the home crowd at the Mercedes Benz Superdome, but he also was congratulated by No. 18 himself, who prerecorded a video that was quintessential Manning.
Talking with someone off-screen while he cut up tomatoes for a wedge salad, Manning sarcastically thanked Brees for ruining “the greatest a thousand days of my life.”
But, of course, Manning ended his video tribute with some sincere words for his fellow future Hall of Famer.
Here’s the video, followed by the transcript:
Off camera: “Peyton, FYI, Drew Brees just broke your record.”
Manning: “Uh — which one?”
Off camera: “All-time passing yards.”
Manning: “Passing yards? Oh, OK. So I still have the touchdown record, right?”
Off camera: He’s actually on pace to break that, too.
Manning: “What? Great. Drew: for a thousand days, I’ve held the record for all-time passing yards in the NFL. And I gotta tell you — it’s been the greatest a 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, putting together this wedge salad. Also, let this serve as the congratulations for the touchdown record, ‘cause as you can see, I’m very busy — I don’t have time to keep doing these videos for you congratulating you.”
“But, in all seriousness, Drew, congratulations on this record. You’ve done it the right way. All your hard work and dedication have paid off. You and I have come a long way since this picture back in 2000, when you were in college and I was in my third year in the NFL. So way to go, I’m proud of ya — good luck the rest of the way.”
Heading into halftime, Brees now needs 42 passing touchdowns to move past Manning’s all-time record of 539.
By the way, that awesome throwback picture of Manning and Brees stemmed from Brees congratulating Manning on his retirement from the NFL back in 2016: