By Roy Anderson
The NFL record Drew Brees set last Monday Night, most career passing yards ever, may be one that will remain unbroken. Here’s why.
We discussed this briefly following the Saints Week 5 win over the Redskins on Monday Night Football. There are a lot of prolific passers, young ones, currently in the NFL. And there will be more to come in the future. But the record Drew Brees set on Monday may be one that’s never broken.
There are contenders right now who have the potential to do the job. In his 11th season, Matt Ryan is sitting at 43,397. That’s 28,706 behind Brees. So, if Brees stopped playing today and Matt Ryan kept playing for seven more years, he could get there.
That same kind of logic could be used to make arguments for Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. And certainly that line of thought would apply to younger players like Patrick Mahomes, Jared Goff and Carson Wentz.
With rules being altered to help protect quarterbacks in the NFL, certainly they could all have extended careers. The problem though is, Brees isn’t through. The current record stands at 72,103 yards. Conservatively, that number will be over 75,000 by the end of this season. If Brees plays for another two years after this one, that number will be in the 82,000 – 85,000 yard mark over the span of a 20-year NFL career. That’s if he stops...