By the end of 2018, Drew Brees will have taken the NFL’s all-time passing yards record away from Peyton Manning. By the end of 2019, he could own the all-time touchdown passes mark as well. Those are two well-deserved accolades for one of the game’s most consistent and prolific passers — and Manning is prepared to see his records broken by a fellow future Hall of Famer. “Yeah, I don’t think it’s a matter of if. It’s just a matter of when,” Manning told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “He deserves it. He’s been a great player for a long time.” “You feel a connection to (Brees)... Obviously, he’s just been the ultimate pro, taking care of himself, being in great shape. Credit to him for playing as long as he has at such a high level. ... He’s just been a great model of consistency, what he and (Saints head coach) Sean (Payton) have been able to do together for (12) years now.” It’s high praise … [Read more...] about Peyton Manning says Drew Brees ‘deserves’ to break his NFL passing records
E.Jay Zarett Omnisport @EjayZarett Updated at 7:25 p.m. ET Updated at 7:25 p.m. ET Watch NFLNFL with fuboTV Saints quarterback Drew Brees is expected to break Peyton Manning’s record for most career passing yards this season. Manning told reporters this week he thinks Brees deserves the all-time mark. "I don't think it's a matter of if (Brees breaks the record), it's just a matter of when," Manning said (via NOLA.com). “He's been a great player for a long time." Manning retired in March 2016 after accumulating 71,940 passing yards over 18 seasons with the Colts and Broncos. Brees, who is set to enter his 18th year in the NFL, is currently less than 1,500 yards away from Manning’s record. "Obviously, he's just been the ultimate pro, taking care of himself, being in great shape," Manning said about Brees. "Credit to him for playing as long as he has at such a high level ... … [Read more...] about Peyton Manning says Drew Brees deserves to break his record for career passing yards
Peyton Manning knows that some of his passing records won’t last, and he figures Drew Brees is next in line to break them. Manning spoke from his Manning Passing Academy on Friday and talked with The Times-Picayune. The New Orleans paper asked Manning about Brees being on his tail for some of the passing records, and Manning handled the questions with grace. “I don’t think it’s a matter of ‘if’; it’s just a matter of ‘when.’ He deserves it, and he’s been a great player for a long time,” Manning said of Brees breaking his records. “When he breaks the touchdown record … he will get it next year if not this year. I know when he breaks any of these records it’s not going to mean as much if the Saints don’t win the game that day. He certainly deserves it.” Brees trails Manning and Brett Favre in career passing yards by just under 1,500 yards and should surpass that mark during the upcoming … [Read more...] about Peyton Manning expects Drew Brees to break his records
AP Peyton Manning owns NFL records for passing yards and passing touchdowns. He knows he won’t hold either for much longer. Drew Brees trails Manning by only 1,495 yards and by 51 touchdowns. “He’s just been the ultimate pro, taking care of himself, being in great shape,” Manning said Friday, via video from the Times-Picayune. “It’s a credit to him for playing as long as he has, at such a high level. He changed teams, which I know what that’s like. That is not easy going from San Diego to New Orleans, and he’s just been a great model of consistently obviously [with what] he and Sean [Peyton] have been able to do in 12 years together now. “Yeah, I don’t think it’s a matter of if. It’s just a matter of when. He deserves it. He’s been a great player for a long time.” Brees ranks second in completions (6,222) behind Brett Favre (6,300). He trails Favre (10,169) and Manning (9,380) in attempts with 9,294. … [Read more...] about Peyton Manning prepared for Drew Brees to breaks his passing records
This post was originally published on May 31, 2016. We’re revisiting it during our “What If” week here at SB Nation NFL. Peyton Manning finished his career as a Super Bowl champion, ending a four-year stint with the Denver Broncos with record-breaking numbers and a Lombardi Trophy. But he almost passed on joining the Broncos in 2012 to sign with the Tennessee Titans instead. "I was pretty close," Manning told The Tennessean of choosing the Titans. At the time, the Broncos and Arizona Cardinals were considered the likeliest landing spots for Manning, with other teams like the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins trying to throw their names into the hat. Then Titans owner Bud Adams battled his way into contention for Manning. "He is the man I want. Period," Adams told The Tennessean in 2012. "And the people that work for me understand that. They know who I want. I want Mr. Manning with the Titans and I will be disappointed if it doesn't happen." It … [Read more...] about What if Peyton Manning had picked the Titans over the Broncos?