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Brees: Record-setting night was “really, really special”


Fresh off of becoming the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yardage, Saints quarterback Drew Brees stepped into the radio huddle Wednesday night on WWL Radio for his weekly “QB To QB” segment with Bobby Hebert. Brees exuded the humility and gratitude that’s become as much his calling card as his talent for tossing the pigskin.

“For everything to just kind of play out the way it did throughout the game and to get the record the way that we did,” Brees said of the record-shattering toss coming on a 62-yard touchdown pass, “to have the family be a part of it and the fans and Coach Payton and really just the whole sideline, every member of the team, just made it really, really special.”

Brees later elaborated on the rookie who caught that pivotal scoring toss, Central Florida product Tre’Quan Smith, who had a breakout night of his own with 111 yards and two touchdowns on just three catches.

“I think it was just a matter of incorporating him into the offense,” Brees said. “Giving him a package of things to do, and obviously with Ted [Ginn Jr.] going down, that really put him in the starting role. So not only did he have his plays but then he was also kind of filling the role of Ted. He did a great job, obviously had a big night.”

Brees also commented on the larger picture, the dominant win over Washington that served as the setting for his record-shattering night.

“We grabbed the momentum, we played with great tempo, and I think it just kept them on their heels the whole game,” Brees said.

Brees and the Saints sit idle on their bye week this weekend. They return to action Sunday, October 21, against the Baltimore Ravens. You can hear the full audio of “QB To QB” by clicking the podcast link.


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