Heard on the Hill

Louisianans in Congress Celebrate Drew Brees’ Record-Breaking Night

New Orleans Saints quarterback breaks NFL career passing yards record

Framed New Orleans Saints and Louisiana State University jerseys hang on the wall of Louisiana Republican Rep. Steve Scalise, a big Drew Brees fan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees set a National Football League record on Monday night for career passing yards, and Louisianans in Congress were celebrating with him.

Brees broke retired Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s record of 71,940 yards in the second quarter on a 62-yard touchdown pass.

The Saints went on to beat the Washington Redskins, 43-19.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who represents some of the New Orleans suburbs where he grew up, was in the Superdome with his son Harrison for Monday night’s game.

He shared a photo he took on his phone of Brees.

Democratic Rep. Cedric L. Richmond, who was born in and represents part of The Big Easy, said “congratulations to longtime Saints champion Drew Brees” in a statement.

“Brees is a certified living legend and prime example of leadership not only to his teammates, but to all of the Who Dat Nation. We are proud of him representing the very best of New Orleans,” Richmond said.

Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy also had #WhoDat support for the “New Orleans icon.”

“Congratulations to Drew on this incredible achievement, which is one more reason he’ll go down in history as a New Orleans icon and one of the greatest to ever play the game. What an exhilarating day,” the senator said in a statement.

His colleague, Sen. John Kennedy, touted Brees’ reputation off the football field.

“Not only is he a leader on the field, he also is a tremendous force of good off the field in Louisiana and New Orleans,” Kennedy said in a statement.  “Congratulations to Drew Brees on becoming the NFL's career leading passer.”

Even former President Barack Obama tweeted about Brees’ success. No word yet from President Donald Trump.

South Carolina Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan, who played football at Clemson University, also passed along congratulations.

Brees, 39, graduated from Purdue University in 2001. He has been playing in the NFL for 18 years and for the Saints since 2006.

Manning, who retired in 2016, congratulated Brees with a video message, saying he had held the record for 1,000 days and they were the best 1,000 days of his life.

“You’ve ruined that for me,” Manning said.

He showed off a photograph of the two from 2000 when Manning was three years into his NFL career and Brees was at Purdue.

Watch: A Slice of Louisiana — Inside Scalise’s Leadership Office

 

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