Brees was asked on NFL AM on the NFL Network about the comments from Bradshaw which he said he hadn’t heard directly. He stood by his decision to have the suspended trio attend the game citing once again that they were just as much part of breaking the record as he was.
In the end, the only person that can weigh in on this is Johnny Unitas who passed away in 2002. His son Joe and the Unitas family have expressed their joy and gratitude that it was Brees who was able to break the record and Joe Unitas actually attended the game.
When it’s all said and done, the opinions of analysts don’t mean much since it’s ultimately Brees and the Unitas family who can decide if breaking the record meant something or not. It’s safe to say that we think we know the answer.