Former Vol Peyton Manning happy for Saints quarterback Drew Brees

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 08: Quarterback Peyton Manning
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 08: Quarterback Peyton Manning /

Peyton Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. He has endless records, but one is about to be broken.

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There is an endless list of praises that can be thrown at former Vols quarterback Peyton Manning. He is without a doubt the greatest quarterback in Tennessee football history and made a mark on the NFL as no other quarterback has made.

Way back in the year 1998, there was an extensive discussion on how should be taken number one overall. One corner stood Peyton Manning and the other Ryan Leaf. It’s safe to say the Indianapolis Colts made the right decision drafting Manning.

He established himself quickly as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Manning finished his career with 71,490 passing yards with 539 touchdowns. Both mark all-time NFL records.

Manning was great, and there is no arguing that even though he has his critics like everyone. However, with how great Manning was there are always people that want to be better. One of those players, is New Orleans Saints quarterback, Drew Brees.

Brees a product from Purdue is on the cusp of breaking Manning’s all-time passing yard record. With only 1,496 yards needed it is basically a foregone conclusion that Bress will own that record. It should take less than half the season if Brees has a normal season. Could be a shorter time period if he has a year as he did in 2011.

He threw for career highs in both passing yards (5,476) and passing touchdowns (46). Quick math puts Brees breaking the record around games 4-6.

He has had a fantastic career and deserves every single record he breaks, and Manning agrees according to an article from

"“I don’t think it’s a matter of if (Brees breaks the record), it’s just a matter of when,” Manning said Friday (June 22) from the 23rd annual Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State University. “He deserves it. He’s been a great player for a long time.”"

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As always Manning’s comments are nothing but class. Losing the record won’t impact the lasting legacy Manning has left on the game of football. If anything it will help people appreciate Brees a little more for what he has done.