New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was the toast of social media and the social networking sports world on Monday as he broke Dan Marino’s 27-year-old NFL record for passing yards in a season during the Saints 45-16 dismantling of the Atlanta Falcons.
“Celebrating with my teammates. Such a special night. Thanks to so many for making this possible. Who Dat Nation…I love you,” tweeted Brees. “Thanks to @DanMarino for his class and support during this run. It is an honor to attempt to follow the example he set for us all.”
Immediately following Brees’ 9-yard touchdown pass to Darren Sproles with 2:51 to go that broke the record, fans and players took to the social media website to post their congrats to the new NFL-record holder…including the man whose record was just broken.
“Congrats to @drewbrees. Great job by such a special player,” tweeted Marino.
There were many tweets commending Brees as a player and a person from football players, media, fans, athletes from other sports, actors, rappers, etc. His post-game speech in the Saints’ locker room demonstrated why he is so beloved by his teammates, New Orleans and the social networking sports world.
“It’s all about you guys,” Brees said. “I’m not talking just about players.”
Brees went on to emphasize that the breaking the record was a group effort and would not have been possible without the hard work from the coaches, owners, staff and the football personnel low on the organizational totem pole.
“Equipment managers, you rub down those balls,” Brees joked. “Y’all know what I mean. Full service.”
Some said the record solidified Brees as an NFL legend and one of the best to have ever played the game. It’s apparent that Brees is well-respected among his peers and admired from all corners of society. But the quarterback, who was once deemed too short to play in the NFL, feels the most love in the city that adopted him as one of its own and gave him another chance to continue his career.
“I think Drew Brees will go down as the most popular athlete in New Orleans sports history. Hard to be more beloved than Archie, but he is,” tweeted Scott Rabalais, The Advocate.