It was a moment that has been talked about since last season by analysts. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was on pace to break the 52 year old record that Johnny Unitas set for consecutive touchdown passes.
Saints fans saw it as another notch in the belt for Brees to show his right to eventually be a first ballot Hall of Fame candidate as well as be a shining spot on a team hit by the bounty scandal and a poor start to the season.
The NFL granted a request by Brees to allow suspended Saints head coach Sean Payton, linebackers coach Joe Vitt, and general manager Mickey Loomis to attend the game and witness the event since Brees felt they had been a part of this record as well.
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome erupted when Brees threw the 48th touchdown strike to wide receiver Devery Henderson and surpassed the record set by Unitas in December of 1960. Not long after, analysts erupted with their own take on the monumental occasion.
ESPN analyst Skip Bayless, as well as others on the network, said that they weren’t getting too excited about the record because Brees slings the ball so much that it wasn’t a shock that he broke it.
Even Hall of Fame quarterback and NFL broadcaster weighed in on his feelings about the record-breaking night by Brees. His comments in an interview on WFAN in New York were less than flattering as reported by Nate Davis of USAToday.com where he said about having Payton at the game,
“I’m like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ I never would have gone and asked for them back … I thought it was disrespectful to the San Diego Chargers. … So break it, go ahead. Hell, you’re throwing it 50 times a game … I’m just against stuff like that. I just don’t believe in doing stuff like that.”
Bradshaw also pointed at the Saints 1-4 record which was an insinuation that that is where the focus should be. He also said that he wasn’t into records but that, “I’m into winning Super Bowls.”
Of course Brees supporters jumped to defending their franchise quarterback as well as jumping on Bradshaw. Being from Shreveport, many were shocked that a local Louisiana product would take that stance against someone from the Saints franchise.