METAIRIE, La. — Drew Brees shocked dozens of his previous and current receivers, offensive linemen, coaches and mentors this week with commemorative footballs and letters to acknowledge the half they performed in him breaking the NFL profession passing-yardage file.

“I wished to do one thing for everyone,” mentioned the New Orleans Saints quarterback, who broke the file on Monday Evening Soccer in Week 5 and has 73,908 profession passing yards. “Clearly the feelings that got here after that and simply the reflections. It was factor that we have been going right into a bye week as a result of it gave me an opportunity simply to take a deep breath. And also you simply begin fascinated with all the fellows that had a hand in that.

“Take care of those that take care of me.”

Brees mentioned the very best half has been receiving suggestions from those that obtained their gifts this week. He opened up his telephone to share a hilarious video from his first fullback with the San Diego Chargers, Fred McCrary, who excitedly confirmed off his soccer to pals in a barber store, shouting, “I am well-known right now!”

Thanks @drewbrees and @saints for this token of appreciation. I am puzzled and may solely say that it was a privilege and honor to be your teammate. You are a category act brother and one of the best to ever do it!!! #Grateful 🙏🏼 #Salute ⚜️

— Mike Karney (@Karney44) December 13, 2018

When Brees opened his telephone, he had a contemporary textual content ready from LaDainian Tomlinson. He mentioned he obtained a video from Brandin Cooks within the Los Angeles Rams’ locker room. And he mentioned one ball was despatched to Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner — despite the fact that they’re taking part in in opposition to one another Monday.

Brees credited Saints common supervisor Mickey Loomis, communications director Doug Miller and the media-relations workers for serving to him put collectively a listing and monitoring down addresses and the like. The 39-year-old mentioned his first thought was to do one thing for everybody who had ever caught a cross from him with each the Saints and Chargers.

“After which I began considering, ‘Properly, it isn’t simply concerning the receivers, it is concerning the guys blocking.’ So it is like, ‘All proper, let’s discover each offensive lineman that is ever began a recreation,'” Brees mentioned. “So we did that. Then I began fascinated with coaches, then I began fascinated with different individuals as properly. So it was truly an extended record. However I simply wished to try this for them.”

In all, the Saints mentioned they shipped out balls to 174 individuals, together with Dr. James Andrews, who carried out the surgical procedure on his throwing shoulder in 2006, longtime throwing coach Tom Home and Saints proprietor Gayle Benson.

“It is him,” Saints tight finish Benjamin Watson mentioned. “It is stunning, nevertheless it’s not stunning on the identical time that he would give a particular thanks to the fellows that helped him alongside the way in which.

“Clearly that is his accomplishment, however him being the chief that he’s, he loves to defer reward to different individuals. I am simply grateful to give you the option to play with him and give you the option to contribute to the greatness that he is achieved.”

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