October 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates after throwing a touchdown to wide receiver Devery Henderson (not pictured) to break the NFL record for consecutive games throwing a touchdown at 48 games eclipsing a record once held by Johnny Unitas during the first quarter of a game against the San Diego Chargers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees would have been satisfied with snagging a win for his team last night if it meant he had to sacrifice breaking a long-standing record held by the legendary Johnny Unitas. But he got both and much more.
On the Saints second series Brees found wide receiver Devery Henderson for a 40-yard touchdown strike that would be his 48th consecutive one and break the record held by Unitas for close to 52 years.
Along to witness the event was Johnny Unitas’ son Joe who had written a letter to Brees earlier last week encouraging him to break the record his father held and that if it was anyone to do it, it should be Brees.
Mingled in with the sellout crowd were other guests who have been a part of helping Brees achieve his accolades over the years, general manger Mickey Loomis, linebackers coach Joe Vitt, and head coach Sean Payton who are all serving suspensions by the NFL.
Brees requested that they be able to attend the special night and the league relented. Vitt and Loomis at first weren’t thought to be attending but ended up sharing a suite together while Payton was in a separate one with family and friends.
After the game Brees was humbled by the experience and showing his usual style, took the focus off the achievement as being an individual record and insisted it was a team record.
Brees jokingly said that it wasn’t a coincidence that the NFL scheduled this game on Sunday night against his old team the San Diego Chargers where he would break the record.
The one thing he didn’t joke about was when he was asked how it felt to have his head coach in the building to witness the event. His simple answer, “I love my coach.”