NEW ORLEANS – Star quarterback Drew Brees is showing players he shared the field with his appreciation after breaking the NFL record for most passing yards.
The Saints superstar sent personalized footballs and letters to current and former teammates and coaches, thanking them for their contribution in setting the record.
Brees told ESPN he started compiling a list of whom to send the footballs and that the list kept growing as he thought about everyone who had helped him along the way.
Former Saints player Mike Karney tweeted a photo of the accolade.
Thank you @drewbrees and @saints for this token of appreciation. I’m at a loss for words and can only say that it was a privilege and honor to be your teammate. You’re a class act brother and one of the greatest to ever do it!!! #Thankful 🙏🏼 #Salute ⚜️ pic.twitter.com/N5X5iJKdZ9
— Mike Karney (@Karney44) December 13, 2018
In the letter addressed to Karney, Brees writes, “On October 8, 2018, we were blessed to have become the National Football League’s all-time passing yardage leader.” He goes on to thank the retired NFL player for his role and concludes the note by writing, “I was truly blessed and honored to be your teammate.”
Peyton Manning was the record holder until Brees served a 62-yard touchdown pass in an October game against the Washington Redskins.