Drew Brees has finally broken the single-season passing yardage record that Dan Marino set all the way back in 1984. Brees passed the 5,084-yard barrier last night and now has 5,087 on the season with a full game left to play.
Thanks to smashing that record and the fact that he won a Super Bowl in 2010, by the time his career is over Brees will likely be considered to have been a better NFL quarterback than Marino.
Brees is now in his 11th year in the league and he has posted impressive numbers. The three-time All-Pro selection has thrown for 40,353 yards, 276 touchdowns and has completed 65.9 percent of his passes. He also boasts the eighth highest quarterback rating of all time at 93.6.
Marino was a nine-time All-Pro pick in his 17 seasons, and he threw for 61,361 yards and 420 touchdowns, while completing 59.4 percent of his passes. His quarterback rating of 86.4 ranks 17th all-time.
The fact that Marino never won a Super Bowl stands as the one stain on his incredible career. Brees has already done that and if he stays healthy the 32-year-old should also fly past the rest of Marino's career numbers.
When he chooses to retire, people will remember how Brees went to New Orleans and turned around the fortunes of a moribund franchise. They will remember his leadership and how he was the undisputed leader of the turnaround in the Big Easy and made the Saints a perennial contender. In his six years in town the Saints are 61-33 when Brees starts a game. That is remarkable when you consider the history of the franchise.
While Marino put up incredible numbers, Brees has done that and led his team to incredible heights. By the time he hangs up his cleats, that is what people will remember.